Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)


World Languages and Cultures

Committee Chair(s)

Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante


Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante


Karin de Jonge-Kannan


Joshua Thoms


This portfolio was written for the Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT) program. It reflects the author's beliefs on effective methods for teaching English as a second language (ESL) to adult learners. It includes the author's teaching philosophy, which focuses on communicative language teaching, creating an encouraging classroom environment, and providing meaningful instruction. The teaching philosophy is followed by four artifacts. First, the culture artifact is a review of complimenting behavior and how to teach pragmatics to language students. Second, the literacy artifact is a study of effective strategies for improving the writing skills of ESL learners. Third, the language artifact discusses wether listening or reading activities are better tools for teaching vocabulary. After the language artifact is an additional teacher artifact that explains the importance of teacher empathy. Finally, the annotated bibliographies provide an outline of the author's study and research throughout the MSLT program.