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Faculty Supervisor

Ettien Koffi

Author Bio

Claire Brakel is a TESL MA student at St. Cloud State University, competing her degree in May 2013. After graduating from Illinois College (Jacksonville, IL) with a BA in English, she spent two years teaching English in Japan with the JET Programme. She taught in a junior high school of over 500 students and more than 20 teachers and administrators. She was the only one speaking an American variety of English and it was her job to correct the English variety spoken by this community. Although she loved living and teaching in Japan, she became dissatisfied with this role. She was the accent police. It was this experience that sparked her interest in TESL, especially in the EFL context, and in World Englishes. After graduating from SCSU, she hopes to teach abroad or continue her studies in a Ph.D. program.

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