Beginning his career in TESOL as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkey, Thomas Kral later obtained a doctorate in International Education with an emphasis on Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois. He taught English in Iran, Australia, and Thailand before joining the United States Foreign Service as an English Language Officer. In this capacity, he served in Afghanistan, Philippines, Russia, Thailand, and Turkey. He was Editor-in-Chief of English Teaching Forum; and as Materials Development Head of the English Language Programs Office, he produced several publications for classroom use overseas. Upon retirement from the federal government, he participated in the English Language Specialist program on assignments to Afghanistan, China, Libya, Philippines, Samoa, and Tunisia.