Robert is originally from Montreal, Canada. After working in Vancouver for a year, he decided to travel to Japan to see what it was like to live in this beautiful country. He was offered a full-time job teaching English and French at Berlitz School in Fukuoka and he has been living here since 1983.
He has taught English at language schools, companies, junior and senior high schools, junior colleges, and universities. He has enjoyed taking students on English study trips to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He received an MAT in ESOL from SIT in Vermont, and a PhD from the Kyushu Institute of Technology. He has also recently completed a one-year sabbatical at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he published a book on corpus linguistics.
He is interested in doing research in technology for language learning and has been an active member in JALT for many years. He is a Professor at the Institute of Foreign Language Education, Kurume University, in Fukuoka Prefecture.