Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)


World Languages and Cultures

Committee Chair(s)

Sarah Gordon


Sarah Gordon


Karin deJonge-Kannan


Ko-Yin Sung


This portfolio is a compilation of papers that the author originally wrote during her study in the program of Master of Second Language Teaching at Utah State University. While pursuing the Master’s degree, the author also served as an instructor, teaching assistant, and research assistant in the Chinese program. Thus, this work is framed by the author's personal reflection accumulated from her day-to-day teaching experiences and class observations.

The portfolio consists of three major sections: (1) teaching perspectives, (2) research perspectives, and (3) an annotated bibliography. With the aim to identify the elements of an effective and communicative learning environment for Chinese language learners in a foreign setting, the author analyzes both the facilitating parameters in an at-home learning environment and the study abroad context. The author also explores the topics of Digital Story Telling and teaching pragmatics.

This portfolio is intended to benefit teachers of the Chinese language and culture that seek to build a fruitful learning environment in their classrooms around the world.