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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Rebecca Oreto, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR-ELECT
Liz Tummons, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA
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Sarah Emory, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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TEACHING ITAS EXPLICIT PATTERNS OF COMMUNICATION
Denise Mussman, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Most ITAs come from cultures outside Northern Europe and North America and thus will encounter cultural differences in the role of the instructor, interaction, organization of ideas, and use of explicitness. This article, based on a presentation at TESOL 2014, summarizes characteristics of individualist and collective cultures, derived from the research of Edward T. Hall. It then offers classroom activities that build language skills for culturally-appropriate classroom communication. Read More
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VOICE RECOGNITION SOFTWARE: SAVING TIME AND STREAMLINING SPEECH ANALYSIS
Lara Wallace, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA
Analyzing a transcription can provide a clear picture of fluency, word use, and discourse intonation, but transcribing is time-consuming and arguably inefficient in improving one’s oral communication. This presentation overview outlines how to use computer software to transcribe speech, then how the transcription may be used for analysis. Read More
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ACTFL-INSPIRED LESSONS
Anne Politz, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
After attending an American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages OPI Familiarization Workshop, the author felt inspired to rethink how she planned her lessons. Had she been providing ample opportunities to advance her students’ language skills? Were the activities eliciting sophisticated language, or were they simply encouraging the students to stay within their comfort zones? Read More
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TESOL International Conference and English Language Expo
25-28 March 2015

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15 May 2015


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