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Demonstration of Teaching Portfolio

[ID: A white female with dirty blonde hair, wearing dark framed eyeglasses and a light purple top appears smiling with a black background] White texts pops up during the video: My Teaching Philosophy Communicative Language Teaching Whole Language Multiples Intelligence Bilingual Education Corpus Based Teaching Theme-Based Instruction Interactive Hypothesis Eager, Empower, Enlighten


TRANSCRIPT: “Hello. What are teaching philosophies? There are a wide variety of methods that a teacher uses to teach students. I have my own teaching philosophies that I believe in. Communicative Language Teaching is where students are eager to learn language and culture through real-life situations, such as food shopping and going to the hospital. For instance, with the food shopping scenario, the students will role-play as a cashier and as a customer having a real-life conversation in the targeted language. This will allow students to be prepared to go out and interact with the targeted language community while better understanding the language and culture.


Whole Language is where the students are immersed in the targeted language, this includes the language and culture. This approach allows the students to be exposed to the language structures firsthand, interacting with the Deaf community, and attending Deaf events. The students will embrace the language and culture of the targeted language thus allowing them to better understand the language itself.


Multiples Intelligence contains eight styles: Interpersonal Skills, Spatial Skills, Linguistic Skills, Logical/Math Skills, Bodily/Kinesthetic Skills, Musical Skills, and Intrapersonal Skills. The goal is for teachers to use all types of intelligence in their teachings. This is a good approach because each student is different and they each have their own preferred style of learning. This approach includes art, theatre, ASL stories, and poetry. Through playing and learning, the students will inherit the language and culture of the targeted language.


Bilingual Education is where students are taught using two languages. This is ideal for many children whose first language is not English, like Deaf children. In the educational setting, Deaf children learn best by using two languages: English and ASL. This allows children to be fluent in both languages.


Corpus Based Teaching is where students use real-life examples to learn how to express themselves in the targeted language. For example, students would pick a current events topic and learn how to give an expressive presentation on the topic in the targeted language. Students learn specific vocabulary and techniques through analyzing the situation. For example: students might talk about the water situation at the Standing Rock protest. Through analyzing the topic, the students will also learn the language and culture of the targeted language.


Theme-Based Instruction is where students learn through real-life situations while the teacher acts as a coach. The teacher will give students feedback and guidelines. A category on politics would lead to learning about how government system runs and that way, students will pick up vocabulary words on the topic such as; president, vice president, etc. There is currently a lot of political issues happening. Assigned lectures would be delivered both informally and formally; allowing students to learn the difference of academic and casual style of the targeted language. Interactive Hypothesis is where the students will be seated in a circle with the teacher for discussions and lessons. This way, the students will be comfortable with each other and with the teacher. The students will be empowered to take the lead and to support one another.


The biggest goal is to motivate the students, to encourage the students to develop their passion through empowerment and enlightenment, in this way the students will understand the language and culture of the targeted language. Without understanding the language and culture, one cannot develop or understand fully the meaning of identity. This is my ultimate belief of what a teaching philosophy should be. Thank you.”

Ruthie is extremely adaptable and has this ability to see things through the lens of her audience which is crucial for her aspiration of increasing awareness of Deaf culture within mainstream society.

                                                ~ Professor at Front Range Community College

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