Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)


World Languages and Cultures

Committee Chair(s)

María Luisa Spicer-Escalante


María Luisa Spicer-Escalante


Karin de Jonge-Kannan


Elena Shvidko


This portfolio is a compilation of the author’s beliefs in regard to effectively teaching English as a Foreign Language and Spanish as a Second language. This work was completed for the Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT) program at Utah State University. All the work compiled in this portfolio centers on the teaching philosophy statement, which contains what the author believes to be the most important aspects of teaching a second language. In the first section of the portfolio, the author presents the experiences that made him pursue the profession of teaching languages, his personal philosophy of teaching shaped by what he has learned in the MSLT program, and how he believes are the roles of teachers in a classroom.

The second section of the portfolio contains three papers that were written during the MSLT program as term papers for courses. First, the language paper describes the current situation of Latin American countries’ education systems, how Dual

Language Immersion (DLI) program works, and how it could be implemented in their context. Second, the culture paper explores the importance of refusal in transcultural interactions. Third, the literary paper focuses on co-teaching in a Spanish as a second language classroom. Finally, the annotated bibliography contains three sections, each addressing topics that record the author’s learning in the MSLT program. The first topic is about the author’s acknowledgement of the Communicative Language Teaching Methodology. In addition, the second topic explores the phenomenon of Dual Language Immersion (DLI) in the second language classroom. Lastly, the third topic explores the use of social networks in the classroom.