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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Kimberly Kenyon, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR ELECT
Rebecca Oreto, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Pauline Carpenter, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
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SUPPORTING ITAS THROUGH THE STAGES OF MASTERY
Peggy Allen Heidish, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Mastery of any complex skill set (e.g., communicating to learners as an international teaching assistant [ITA]) typically progresses through several clear developmental stages. This article analyzes the ITA training process from the perspective of cognitive psychology, demonstrates how ITAs perform at each stage, and shares training suggestions appropriate for each stage. Read More

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SUCCESSFUL ORIENTATIONS FOR NEW ITAS
Mary Romney and Anne Halbert, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA

What are the essential elements of a successful orientation for new international teaching assistants (ITAs)? What are the objectives? What information do ITAs need in order to function effectively as members of the university community? This article answers these and other questions by describing a successful orientation. Read More

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DISCOURSE ANALYSIS ACTIVITIES FOR THE ITA CLASSROOM
Maria Beatriz Mendoza and Jennifer Grill, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

Incorporating discourse analysis activities in international teaching assistant (ITA) training can be a powerful tool in helping ITAs develop greater communicative competence and fluency. This article features four classroom activities that were presented at our workshop, “Turning ITAs Into Discourse Experts,” during the 2013 TESOL convention. Read More

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IN MEMORIAM
IN MEMORY OF TOM SCHROEDER
Diane Cotsonas, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
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