Chikako Takehara, originally from Shizuoka, Japan, is a M.A. student majoring in Japanese Linguistics. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Tsuru University in Japan and her first M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESL from the University of Mississippi. She has taught at high school in Japan and at Japanese Supplementary School in Mississippi. Her current research interests include Japanese Speech Acts, Japanese Pedagogy, Bilingualism and Identity, Multicultural Education, and L2 Pragmatics in CALL.