Dr. Jilani Warsi was born in India, and earned an MA in English at Patna University with emphasis on descriptive linguistics, historical linguistics, and language teaching. He immigrated to the United States of America in 1988 and pursued an MA in applied linguistics at California State University in Northridge (CSUN). After receiving his master's degree from CSUN, he taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at the same university. The desire to understand the complicated process of second language acquisition prompted him to move to Boston, the hub of America's educational research, in 1994, and join the doctoral program in applied linguistics at Boston University. He successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in May of 2001. Dr. Warsi has taught in all of these locations, as well as at Salem State, Fisher, and Newbury Colleges; in the Framingham State College's overseas programs in Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Poland, Brazil, Honduras, and Bahrain; in the Institute for English Language Programs (IEL) at Harvard University; and has joined the Department of Basic Educational Skills at Queensborough Community College as an Assistant Professor in the fall 2004 semester.