Date of Award
Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)
Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies
María Luisa Spicer-Escalante
This portfolio is a compilation of written pieces which highlight what the author believes to be key issues and perspectives in the field of second language teaching. The content of the portfolio is centered in second language acquisition theory and is framed by the author’s diverse teaching experiences as a university Arabic instructor, ESL aide, and middle school Spanish teacher.
The portfolio contains three sections: (1) teaching perspectives, (2) research perspectives, and (3) an annotated bibliography. The teaching perspectives section contains the author’s teaching philosophy statement which emphasizes communicative language teaching, target language use in the classroom, and the role of can-do statements in grammar instruction and assessment. The last two sections explore research related to second language identity negotiation, heritage language learner instruction, and first language use and willingness to communicate in the language classroom.
Singer, Rachel J., "Meeting the Needs of Students in a Communicative Classroom" (2020). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 1443.
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