Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)


Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

First Advisor

Joshua J. Thoms

Second Advisor

Kevin Krogh

Third Advisor

Rubynara Carvalho


This portfolio is the amalgamation of the author’s research and experience during his time in the Master of Second Language Teaching program. The first section contains the Teaching Philosophy, which centers on applying effective teaching methods, increasing learner motivation, and incorporating technology into the classroom. The next section consists of three artifacts in which the author further investigates specific aspects of language teaching. The language paper focuses on the effect that identity has on motivation to learn a language. The literacy paper discusses how to increase vocabulary acquisition via a mobile-assisted language learning application called Duolingo. The culture paper addresses how to gain pragmatic competence in the speech act of apologizing among various Spanish-speaking communities. The portfolio concludes with two annotated bibliographies investigating communicative language teaching and mobile-assisted language learning.