Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)


Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

First Advisor

Abdulkafi Albirini

Second Advisor

Karin deJonge-Kannan

Third Advisor

Elena Shvidko


This portfolio illustrates the student’s academic work completed while in the Master of Second Language Teaching program at Utah State University. The project is centered around the student’s philosophy on teaching English language learners (ELLs) as drawn from personal experience and second language acquisition research. The author seeks to provide awareness into best practices for teaching ELLs.

The portfolio is divided into three sections: 1) teaching perspectives, 2) research perspectives, and 3) annotated bibliographies. Within these sections, the author explores themes related to ELL teaching that highlight the importance of collaboration, compassion, and engagement. These topics include politely closing a conversation in English, embracing diversity in the ELL classroom, teaching ELLs in a general education setting, communicative language teaching, oral corrective feedback, and methods for engaging ELLs.