Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Second Language Teaching (MSLT)


Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies


Karin deJonge-Kannan



This portfolio reflects what the author believes to be effective tools and methods for teaching a second or foreign language. The first section includes the author’s teaching philosophy which addresses teacher and student roles, communicative and meaningful tasks, learning environments, and the importance of literacy development. Following the teaching philosophy are three research perspective papers which discuss the use of digital storytelling as a tool for developing language proficiency, how blogs can be used to help students develop writing skills in their second language, and alternative approaches to teaching and learning kanji, which are one of three sets of Japanese characters. The final section of this portfolio includes three annotated bibliographies that are a record of the author’s exploration of various tools and strategies for improving students’ literacy skills, classroom interactions, and task-based language teaching.

(136 pages)