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Born near San Francisco, California. Educated at the University of California, Davis, with BA degrees in English and Linguistics and an MA and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Washington, Seattle. From 1983, worked as an ESL Language Teacher Trainer and Curriculum Developer supported by the US Bureau of Refugee Affairs in the Northwest region of the US, before joining the US State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI) as a Language and Area Training Supervisor in 1987. Later became a Foreign Service Officer and Director of FSI’s Japanese Language Institute in Yokohama, Japan and the FSI Korean Language Institute in Seoul, Korea. In 1993, joined the faculty of Hiroshima University, a Japanese National University, where he has remained to this day, serving as professor in the Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, teaching a wide range of courses including basic English communication skills (primarily speaking and writing), linguistics, debate and negotiation.