Robert Bacon joined the part-time instructional staff at the ELP while still a student in Penn's Graduate School of Education. Before coming to Penn, he supervised language learning instruction for the Field Training Course of the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Texas and Mexico. His teaching career began in linguistics as a graduate teaching assistant in articulatory phonetics, language learning, and literacy development at the Universities of Washington and Oklahoma, again for SIL. Later he taught EFL at Taiyuan, Wuhan, and Jinan in China.
Mr. Bacon completed his undergraduate degree at Wheaton College in Illinois, a Master's degree in Theology at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, and a Master of Science in Education degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also completed graduate coursework in linguistics at the Universities of Oklahoma and Texas. His teaching interests currently include articulatory phonetics, phonology, intelligibility, and ESL writing.