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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Stephen Daniel Looney, Penn State University-University Park, State College, Pennsylvania, USA
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR-ELECT
Derina Samuel, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
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LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY
Morag Burke, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Laura Murphy, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA
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ARTICLES
BUILDING BUY-IN FOR ITA PROGRAMS: YOUR WEBSITE SAYS IT ALL
Rebecca Oreto, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Websites can be powerful tools for building buy-in for international teaching assistant (ITA) programs, but a study of the websites of six ITA programs shows that they are not being used effectively. This article details the study and discusses how ITA programs can use their websites to showcase their expertise more successfully. Read More

LANGUAGE AND TEACHING: EVANESCENT BUT NOT INVISIBLE
Stephen Daniel Looney, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA

This article discusses the use of video and transcription to make language and teaching visible. The analysis focuses on a transcribed excerpt from a university mathematics course, drawing attention to the interplay between prosody and gesture, and discuss how the excerpt might be used in ITA preparation. I point out that while language and teaching may be evanescent in the moment they are nonetheless visible and made re-visible through the use of video and transcription. Read More

BOOSTING ITAS' TEACHING SPEECH CONFIDENCE WITH VOICETHREAD: EXAMPLES FROM ITA TRAINING COURSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
Taewoong Kim & Jessica Reynolds, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

This article shares examples and insights about using VoiceThread, a Web 2.0 voice-sharing application, to bolster ITAs’ English fluency and teaching speech confidence. For two years, the authors have used VoiceThread in the classroom for self-speech recording, feedback sharing, and video recording. Trainee feedback, pedagogical implications, and limitations are discussed. Read More

A DIRECTION FOR FUTURE RESEARCH IN THE ITA FIELD
Michael D. Amory & Stacy A. Suhadolc, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA

In this article, the authors propose a future direction of research for the ITA field. Recognizing the importance of previous research, Amory and Suhadolc suggest that there should be closer scrutiny and examination of how ITAs are learning and developing in and through ITA training programs to assess the impacts of programmatic choices. Read More

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