Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)


World Languages and Cultures

Committee Chair(s)

Karin deJonge-Kannan


Karin deJonge-Kannan


María Luisa Spicer-Escalante


Sarah Braden


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.