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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Liz Tummons, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR-ELECT
Elizabeth Gillstrom, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Sarah Emory, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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EVALUATING AND IMPROVING RATER TRAINING FOR ITA PERFORMANCE TESTS
Greta Gorsuch, R. Dustin Florence, & Dale Griffee

Teaching simulation tests (performance tests) are a staple of international teaching assistant evaluation for readiness to teach in U.S. classrooms. The authors focus here on the raters of performance tests, and present a rationale and a model for improving and evaluating rater training. Read More

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SOLUTIONS FOR COMMON PROBLEMS ITAS ENCOUNTER IN THEIR CLASSROOMS
Erica C. Boling, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

In this article, Dr. Erica C. Boling offers solutions for common problems ITAs encounter in their classrooms. Grounding her work in research, theory, and teaching experiences both in the United States and internationally, Dr. Boling presents and illustrates both problems and solutions through the power of story. Read More

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TEACHING TIP: ACTIVITIES TO BUILD FLUENCY
Denise Mussman, University of Missouri - St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Many ITAs need to improve their conversational fluency to enhance their teaching skills, yet there is little time in our classes for discussions. The following four activities are fun yet targeted ways to help your graduate students build informal language skills. Read More

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SUMMARY OF MID-ATLANTIC ITA FALL CONFERENCE
Darcy Gioia, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

The MAITA fall conference, held at Rutgers in November 2015, focused on the theme “The Next Steps: What ITAs Need to Know and May Not Know.”This article summarizes presentations and discussions from this conference. Read More

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TEASER: COMING TO TESOL 2016: "COORDINATING AND STAFFING AN ITA PROGRAM ON YOUR OWN"
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1 March 2016, Complete this Prediscussion Survey about being a sole person coordinating/directing ITA programs

5-8 April 2016: TESOL’s 50th International Conference and English Language

6 April 2016, 7:30 p.m. ITA-IS dinner, The Rusty Scupper.

9 May 2016: ITA-IS Newsletter Submission deadline


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