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Stacy Suhadolc, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
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Cynthia DeRoma, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
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James Coda, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
Ekaterina Arshavskaya, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA
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THE RISKS OF A TEST-FOCUSED ITA TRAINING COURSE
Roger Anderson, International Languages & Cultures, Central State University, Ohio, USA

This article describes six ITAs investment (Darwin & Norton, 2015) in an ITA training course taught by three different instructors who adopted two distinct approaches. The starkly different experiences of two ITAs demonstrate the risks involved in a test-centric ITA training course and the benefits of a wider-focused one. Read More

SOME TIPS FOR STREAMINLINING THE PREPARATION AND PROCTORING OF SPEAKING EXAMS
Kıvılcım Somuncuoğlu, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey

Preparing speaking exams can be a challenging or sometimes straight up intimidating experience. However, there might come a time when you just have to create one and there are some tricks that don’t often come in textbooks. In this article, some practical tips based on the author’s personal experience are presented in addition to some tips that can be useful when you are asked to proctor an exam prepared by someone else. Read More

DISCUSSION OF CRITICAL INCIDENTS IN TEACHING: EXPERIENCED ITAS SHARE PERSPECTIVES IN A WORKSHOP ON ZOOM
Denise Mussman, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

New ITAs benefit from learning from experienced ITAs. To facilitate a discussion, the author had students watch videos of critical incidents in teaching prior and during class. Zoom made it possible for former students to attend the class discussion. The experienced ITAs offered solutions to potential challenges with teaching, which led to broad discussion that assuaged worries and improved the overall confidence of the new and future ITAs. Read More

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