Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)


World Languages and Cultures

Committee Chair(s)

Ekaterina Arshavskaya


Ekaterina Arshavskaya


Sarah Gordon


Jim Rogers


This portfolio is written to show how Portuguese was a global language in the past, as a result of Portuguese exploration, settlement, and colonization, and is once again a world language that is becoming increasingly important on a global scale, especially as a result of the economic and political emergence of Brazil on the international scene. This portfolio also covers the important topic of motivation and its key role in learning Portuguese or any second or foreign language. Music is also addressed as an invaluable medium that plays an integral role in teaching a second or foreign language, Portuguese in this case. The portfolio addresses the power that music has in helping people, and especially students, to remember key words when those words are set to music. The Teaching Philosophy Statement addresses the prominent role that motivation has in the second language learning process. The power of music to increase information retention or memory is also covered. Experiences using music in the Portuguese language classroom are documented in the portfolio and many of the study results have shown music to be an effective medium to capture and maintain student attention and aid them in learning and memorizing vocabulary.