Date of Award

2016

Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)

Department

Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

First Advisor

Joshua J. Thoms

Abstract

This portfolio covers what the author believes to be important teaching practices for a teacher in the English as a Second Language classroom, with a specific emphasis on the role of the teacher. The first section of the portfolio contains the author’s teaching philosophy which describes the author’s beliefs of what constitutes good teaching. The beliefs include the importance of using meaning-bearing and comprehensible input in the classroom, the use of task-based activities to facilitate language learning, and understanding the role of the teacher in the classroom. Following are three artifacts that the author wrote during her time in the Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT) program. First, the language artifact examines the use of feedback in the classroom. Second, the literacy artifact evaluates principles of teaching used in Dual Language Immersion and how these principles are useful for teaching in an English as a Second Language setting. Third, the culture artifact discusses research about request making in the English as a Second Language classroom and explores the most effective teaching methods to teach requests to second language learners. Following these artifacts is an evaluation of the author’s own teaching and how it compares with the author’s beliefs stated in her teaching philosophy. At the conclusion of the portfolio, the author includes three annotated bibliographies covering what the author learned in her research of different topics throughout her time in the MSLT program.

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