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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

Maria Mendoza, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR-ELECT

Stacy Suhadolc, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

James Coda, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
Sarah Emory
, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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ARTICLES
EVIDENCE FROM AUTHENTIC ITA DISCOURSE AND TOEFL IBT SPEAKING RESPONSES IN SUPPORT OF ITA ASSESSMENT

Elena Cotos, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

This invited article is a summary of Cotos’s keynote talk at the 2020 ITA Professionals Symposium. Cotos first introduces a lasting problem our international teaching assistant (ITA) support community has been facing and whether the TOEFL iBT® Speaking test may be considered a solution, even if partial. Then, she describes key insights from her studies of ITA discourse that support the plausibility of using the TOEFL iBT Speaking scores. Read More

TV CLIPS TO RAISE ITAS' AWARENESS OF BIDIALECTALISM AND THE RHOTIC /R/

Roger Anderson, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

This article shares a classroom activity designed around video clips used to raise international teaching assistants’ (ITAs’) awareness of linguistic features and comprehensibility. The humorous clips presented embody the diversity of American English, the ability to attain bidialectalism, and the importance of the rhotic accent to widely comprehensible speech. Read More

ITA COURSES DURING COVID-19: A SURVEY ABOUT REMOTE LEARNING (BEFORE, DURING, AND FUTURE)

Stacy Suhadolc, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

The COVID-19 outbreak forced U.S. universities to move courses online during spring 2020. This article discusses the results from a survey of international teaching assistant (ITA) instructors and administrators who dealt with this change and their plans for future courses if they were to be remote again. Read More

PRESENTING A POSTER SESSION

Maria B. Mendoza and Jennifer C. Grill, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

The authors, experienced poster presenters, share advice and guidance on submitting poster presentations to conferences, the benefits of poster sessions, and useful strategies for a successful poster presentation. Read More

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