Capstone Portfolio English Language Learners Program
The Capstone Portfolio demonstrates my understanding of language acquisition and pedagogical knowledge for teaching English Language Learners (ELLs). Grounded on theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence, I reflect on the coursework I did during the graduate study at Peabody College and envision myself as a future teacher. This portfolio consists of three sections: 1) philosophy of teaching, 2) TESOL domains and standards and 3) bridging theory and practice. Section I discusses the teaching philosophy that I believe to be critical for language learning based on the Interaction Hypothesis. In Section II, I explain my interpretation of the seven TESOL standards and domains, namely Planning, Instructing, Assessing, Identity and Context, Learning, Content, and Commitment and Professionalism. I present one to three artifacts for each domain and analyze how these artifacts are connected with the domains and standards from the perspectives of learning and learners, the learning environment, curriculum and assessment. The last section talks about the kind of teacher I would like to be in the future considering the insight I have gained through this ELL program. Moreover, I anticipate possible challenges in my future classroom and think of how I can address them. Continuous learning and professional development will also be an important part of my career plan, and I will grasp every opportunity I can to hone my teaching expertise. I conclude this portfolio by briefly reviewing what I have learned and the biggest takeaway from the two-year study at Peabody College.