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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Rebecca Oreto, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Sarah Emory, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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A SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES TO HELP INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANTS BUILD THEIR PEDAGOGICAL SKILLS: PART 2
Barbara Beers, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA, Miki Mendelsohn, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA & Pamela Pollock, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA
This article is the second part of a summary of a TESOL workshop (2013) in which the authors attempted to compile a comprehensive list of key activities and curricular components of ITA courses. Read more here about activities that help ITAs build their pedagogical skills. Read More
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IMPROV IN THE ESL CLASSROOM
Dan Montour, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

This article gives a brief overview on how improv, or improvisational theatre, techniques can be used in the context of an advanced ESL classroom. The author defines the improv styles as well as provides a description of how and why improv is used. Three activities, which are excellent warm-ups, are explored to show the nature of this method. Read More

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OVERCOMING E-MAIL ANXIETY: WORKSHOPS FOR INTERNATIONAL ACADEMICS
Derina S. Samuel, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, Colleen Meyers & Elena Stetsenko, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Zeynep Altinsel, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
ITAs vary in how successfully they utilize pragmatic skills in communicating via e-mail with their students and professors. Through a collaboration of three institutions, workshop materials were shared and assessed to determine which materials were best able to address the challenges many ITAs face when writing such e-mails.
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