Date of Award
Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)
Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies
Joshua J. Thoms
This portfolio is a compilation of the concepts and practices that the author believes constitute effective second language teaching. It is centered on the author’s teaching philosophy, which is based on the teacher’s roles as facilitator and the students’ roles as active participants in a student-centered, communicative classroom. The author claims that as teachers and students understand and carry out their respective roles, student proficiency in the target language will increase. In support of this teaching philosophy, three artifacts are included that discuss the following: 1) The use of television commercials and other media from the target culture to facilitate language teaching, 2) an evaluation of the language services offered to Hispanic English language learners in Cache County, Utah, and 3) the speech act of declining an invitation in the United States. These artifacts and teaching philosophy are extended through a concluding annotated bibliography, which discusses authentic texts, second language teaching methodology, and speech act refusals.
Briggs, Martin, "Second Language Teaching and Learning: the Roles of Teachers, Students, and the Classroom Environment" (2014). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 377.
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