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Rebecca Oreto, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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CLARIFYING EXPECTATIONS AND BUILDING CONNECTIONS: A PRE-ARRIVAL ONLINE COURSE FOR INTERNATIONAL TAs
Kate Martin and Jeff Lindgren, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Last summer, the University of Minnesota piloted a pre-arrival online course for ITAs in the College of Science and Engineering. Student evaluations indicated that the course helped them understand expectations, improve their English, care more about their future role as TAs, and feel more excited about coming to Minnesota. Read More

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BEING A CULTURALLY EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR
Pauline Carpenter, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Living and studying in a different culture, ITAs may face challenges being culturally effective communicators in their various roles. This article describes a workshop developed for ITAs in which participants review and discuss differences in communication across cultures and develop strategies for being competent communicators in an American university context. Read More

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ITAS AND ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELDWORK
Dr. Krystyna Golkowska, Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar, Doha

Golkowska proposes ethnographic fieldwork as a framework for designing activities that build communicative and cultural competence of international students in ITA development programs. Read More

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