Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)


Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

First Advisor

Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante

Second Advisor

Karin de Jonge-Kannan

Third Advisor

Kevin Krogh


This portfolio presents the author’s perspectives on the effective use of language teaching techniques, practices, and tools. The first section demonstrates the author’s teaching philosophy, which includes her perceptions as a foreign language instructor and learner, teaching observations of various foreign language instructors, and self-reflections about teaching. The following section contains three research papers, which explore foreign language anxiety, effectiveness of co-teaching a foreign language class, and refusals across different cultures. The last section consists of three annotated bibliographies in which the author analyzes journal articles and book chapters about communicative language teaching, the role of culture in the Spanish classroom, and the use of digital technology to enhance students’ writing skills.