I believe the ultimate goal of foreign or second language education is the cultivation of transnationally competent language students who are capable of culturally sensitive, multimodal communication in a new language and through a new culture. Language learning is a life-long process; the language classroom serves as the first of many target language communities to which the learners may have access over time, and as such is instrumental in preparing them to engage with target language speakers in other environments throughout their lives. On a practical level, this means that language students need to learn, both in the written and oral modalities, how to interpret texts and discourses, how to coherently present their own ideas, and how to communicate effectively and appropriately in interpersonal interactions. My teaching facilitates this learning through the instructional methods I choose to implement and through the use of sequencing and scaffolding.
For a deeper exploration of the definition and role of competence in (second) language learning, see the Qualifying Examination completed on this topic here.