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Doctoral Candidate at Bowling Green State University

Soha Youssef is a Doctoral Candidate in the Rhetoric and Writing program at Bowling Green State University. Her scholarly interest revolves around finding areas of intersection between composition and TESOL. Youssef's dissertation study examines International Teaching Assistants' needs and undergraduates' expectations from an ITA preparation program.

Meaning Negotiation in International Teaching Assistant Preparation Classes

For International Teaching Assistants, meaning negotiation plays a vital role when it comes to interactions with native English speaking undergraduate students in the laboratory or in the classroom. In this article, I share a few tips that can help ITA instructors or coaches guide ITAs through their interactions with their (future) undergraduate students.

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Post-It Notes Activity

This is a great first-day exercise used to create a sense of community as well as clarify questions or misconceptions about the course. It can also be used mid-semester as a check-in for the class.

Peer Review Forms

These handouts were developed to help students provide productive and specific feedback during peer review. They support students in giving constructive criticism based on specific generic expectations, such as the strength of thesis statements, organization, and use of sources. 

Activity: Refurbishing

I recently read a quotation by Janet Finch, who reminds writers, “You’re a writer and you have to invent it from scratch, all by...