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Stephen Looney, Pennsylvania State University-University Park, State College, Pennsylvania, USA
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HOW WE SURVIVED OUR FIRST-YEAR TEACHING AS NEW ITAS
Xin Chen, Jui-Hsin Hung, Yeoeun Park, & Jun Takahashi, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

In this article, four international teaching assistants (ITAs) who teach English academic writing to ESL students in a U.S. university discuss the most challenging issues they faced in the first year of teaching and illustrate how they tackled those problems. The purpose of this article is to create a fruitful discussion and also provide some suggestions to program administrators for effectively supporting and preparing new ITAs. Read More

ACTIVITIES FOR ITAS TO PRACTICE LEADING DISCUSSIONS
Denise Mussman, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Learn about the need to incorporate group discussions into the ITA curriculum. The author’s activities are engaging ways for ITAs to improve fluency, audience awareness, and learn the challenging skill of leading an academic talk. Read More

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