Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)


Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

Committee Chair(s)

Joshua J. Thoms


Karin DeJonge-Kannan


Li Guo


This portfolio reflects the author’s beliefs on effective methods for teaching Chinese as a second language. The first section includes the author’s teaching philosophy, which focuses on communicative language teaching, developing literacy, integrating culture into instruction, and employing technology to facilitate learning. Following the teaching philosophy are three artifacts that were written throughout the Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT) program. First, the language artifact presents a study conducted by the author regarding three different approaches to teaching beginners of Chinese. Second, the literacy artifact is a proposal for a study that examines the effect of reading Chinese via an e-dictionary on incidental vocabulary learning and retention. Third, the cultural artifact is a literature review and lesson plan regarding Chinese compliment responses. Finally, the annotated bibliography provides a record of the authors’ learning in the MSLT program.