Hello! My name is Tahnee Bucher and I am originally from Vitória, a city located on an island in the Southeast of Brazil, and in January of 2015 I moved to Tucson to teach English in the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) at the University of Arizona. I have over 10 years’ experience in language teaching, and I feel very fortunate for having chosen this career. I earned my B.A. in English Language and Literature from the Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil, and my M.A. in TESOL from West Virginia University, where I also taught ESL for four and a half years and Portuguese as a Foreign Language for two years. My research addresses issues in pragmatics, and I am particularly interested in investigating and helping improve ESL learners’ communicative skills, intercultural competence, and ability to use language appropriately in a social context. My professional interests also include adult second language acquisition, language assessment, discourse analysis, and teacher training. When I am not busy studying or teaching, I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends, and reading for fun.