485 Professionalism in Second Language Studies

Capstone for SLS majors. Reflection on experiences via the major, articulation of professional values, exploration of diverse approaches to professionalism in SLS, and formal compilation of a professional portfolio. SLS majors only. Senior standing or higher. A-F only. Pre: 302 and 303.

Through this course, which serves as the capstone experience in the SLS bachelor’s degree, students reflect upon their learning and accomplishments throughout the pursuit of their degrees, become acquainted with diverse concepts of and approaches to professionalism in the field, and formally compile a professional portfolio. Evidence of learning and accomplishments will include academic writing, presentations, artifacts and reflections on teaching, service, and research experiences, and professional development experiences. Expanding from these initial items, students create important elements of their portfolios (including curricula vitae, statements of professional philosophy (often, but not limited to, philosophy of teaching statements), cover letters, instructional materials, research papers/presentations, web sites, and so on) and conduct information searches in fields and locations for future employment or graduate study. All portfolios will be formally presented to the Department of SLS, as well as within the class.