Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)


World Languages and Cultures

Committee Chair(s)

Sarah Gordon


Sarah Gordon


Joshua Thoms


Nolan Weil


This portfolio is the result of the approaches to teaching I have learned through coursework, readings, class observations, and reflections during the Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT) program. It contains my teaching philosophy, developed from my experiences in the elementary Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program and the Utah State University (USU) MSLT program, as well as examples of work produced in the MSLT program, both theoretical and practical. First, the professional environment piece provides context and background for reflections on my teaching experience and pedagogy. Second, the teaching philosophy statement (TPS) describes the main theoretical frameworks and approaches that inform my teaching. Third, are the reflections on class observations, and the fourth component is a paper on pragmatics and forms of address and politeness; here, an annotated lesson plan is included to illustrate how I have explored important topics in second language acquisition (SLA), such as pragmatics. I provide a brief overview of these select topics and offer broader implications for the application of this research in the classroom. Finally, I conclude by looking forward to the future and to my continuing efforts in professional development and improving my teaching, potentially in other contexts, for other ages and proficiency levels.