Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)


World Languages and Cultures

Committee Chair(s)

Karin deJonge-Kannan


Karin deJonge-Kannan


Joshua J. Thoms


María Luisa Spicer-Escalante


This compilation of academic papers is a portfolio designed to invite the reader to explore the author’s beliefs and ideas concerning effective second language learning and teaching. Divided into three main parts, this portfolio addresses: 1. expressing the author’s teaching philosophy while putting his position into the context from which it formed, 2. exploring the research perspectives that drive the author to continue participating in this academic field, 3. and chronicling the process of studying the academic material that inspired the previous two sections. Major topics include a macro view of the U.S. government’s and its education system’s dance together over time, the author’s resulting opinion on modern education paradigms, the pragmatics of having to refuse something, challenges for language learners who write in a second language, and a look at the changing conception of literacy due to technology.