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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Liz Tummons, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA
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Sarah Emory, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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REVIEWING RESEARCH ON THE ASSESSMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Elise J. Geither, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

At U.S. universities, one programming area that seems most attentive to international graduate student populations are international teaching assistant (ITA) programs, which regularly assess and support ITAs. However, what does research in the area look at? What themes are covered as researchers explore ways to better understand and improve ITA programming? Read More

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COMMUNICATING THE MEANING OF FIELD-SPECIFIC VOCABULARY BY DEFINING AND CONNECTING
Christopher Garth, Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan

Giving a clear and concise definition is a difficult pedagogical skill that native speakers, let alone international teaching assistants, struggle with. This article is based on a workshop designed to break the process of defining a term into two steps: definition and connection. Read More

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CLASSROOM SCENES FROM HELL: A LITTLE LEVITY (COURTESY OF HOLLYWOOD) IN THE ITA TRAINING CLASS
Patricia Pashby, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

Clips from films of university classroom interactions provide amusing examples of how NOT to teach for international teaching assistants in training. In addition to creating a more positive learning environment through humor, these clips serve as effective tools for stimulating discussion of classroom “dos and don’ts” and provide language practice material. Read More

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