Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)


World Languages and Cultures

Committee Chair(s)

Abdulkafi Albirini


Abdulkafi Albirini


Karin de Jonge-Kannan


Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante


This portfolio is a collection of artifacts that represent the author’s beliefs and ideas about teaching a second language. The first section is the author’s teaching philosophy statement, in which he explains how to apply the three modes of communication in the second language classroom. The second section is a literacy artifact that addresses how to use literature to heighten learners’ level of second language literacy. The following two artifacts are on two basic applications of sociocultural theory: concept-based instruction and dynamic assessment. The cultural artifact addresses the pedagogical implications of code-switching in the Arabic language classroom. The third artifact is a reflection on a lesson plan in which the author explains how he benefits from dynamic assessment in the classroom. Finally, the portfolio ends with four annotated bibliographies relevant to the topics discussed in the portfolio. Those topics are teaching second language, diglossia, dynamic assessment, and technology in the classroom.