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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Elizabeth Gillstrom, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Stephen Looney, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
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Maureen Templeman, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA
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WAYS TO EVALUATE RATER TRAINING FOR ITA PERFORMANCE TESTS
Greta Gorsuch, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA & Dale Griffee, ELS Language Centers, Lubbock, Texas, USA

This is the second of a two-part series which recounts principled changes made to a rater training program for an ITA teaching simulation test. Using a new model to design and then evaluate the rater training process as a backdrop, the authors show how they did the rater training evaluation and what the results were. Read More

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CAN TOEFL IBT SCORES PREDICT ITA TEACHING PERFORMANCE?
Elvis Wagner, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

ITAs usually need to take some sort of language proficiency test to demonstrate that they have the oral English proficiency needed to be a university instructor. Do higher oral proficiency scores predict higher teaching evaluations? This study examined the extent to which TOEFL iBT Speaking and Listening scores could predict ITA teaching performance, as measured by student evaluations of their ITA instructors. Read More

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TEACHING TIP: SELF-EVALUATION ACTIVITIES FOR VIDEO-RECORDED ITA PRESENTATIONS
Jennifer Grill, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA & Maria Beatriz Mendoza, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

This Teaching Tip presents three activities that can be used to help ITAs evaluate their own video-recorded teaching presentations while also building their fluency skills. Read More

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