Date of Award

5-2020

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)

Department

Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

Committee

Karin deJonge-Kannan

Committee

María Luisa Spicer-Escalante

Committee

Sarah Braden

Abstract

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.

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