Duncan Kariuki, a native of Kenya, is a second-year graduate student at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he studies in the Department of Applied Linguistics specializing in the teaching of English as a second language. Before attending GSU, Duncan earned his bachelor’s degree in English and Literature from Kenyatta University, one of the top-ranked universities in Kenya. During his study period in Kenyatta University, he volunteered to teach at Kagoto Child Development Centre on weekends and during school breaks. After his graduation, Duncan felt he needed to specialize in English. His sponsors (The Beech Foundation) and one of his lecturers inspired his ambition and thought that he had the capability for graduate studies.
Duncan’s long-term ambition is to study in the direction of the Ph.D. Degree and, as a result, have the necessary education that is firmly established for continuous research and study. He is confident that the graduate program will give him an opportunity to learn more about the general nature of the English language and communication and as a result, prepare him to be a competent teacher and earn him a job in higher education. He is multilingual in English, Swahili and Kikuyu.