Erik Bakke, M.A.

Adjunct Professor and Director of International Student Experience


Erik Bakke, M.A.

Contact Information

Office: 650.543.3904

Education Background

  • M.A., New York University, 1994
  • B.A., U. C. Berkeley, 1987



As Director of International Student Experience, Bakke works closely with fellow staff members and faculty to help Menlo College’s international students with academic success and to enrich their experience living abroad.

As Director of the English as a Second Language Program, Bakke developed and continues to develop Menlo College's Intensive English Program; Menlo College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and this accreditation formally includes Menlo College’s Intensive English Program. The goal of the Program is not only to prepare international students for non-ESL classes but to help these students fully contribute to and benefit from the Menlo College community.

As the ESL specialist in the Writing Center, Bakke works one on one with international students to help them with the process of writing in English. Emphasis is placed on students becoming adept at organizing thoughts, writing drafts and editing.

Since 1989 Bakke has taught ESL classes in colleges and private language schools in the United States and abroad. Bakke has taught English and literature at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland and Bell School in Japan. He has lectured at San Francisco State University, New York University, and UMASS Lowell among other schools.


Bakke was a managing editor for several New York City based culture magazines including Indie Planet, New York Arts Magazine and Collezione Edge. He is currently the editor of Aftershock Magazine. He has published numerous articles for all the above publications and others.

<strong>Professional Activities</strong>

Bakke is a member of the professional associations Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL).
Bakke has served as the Self-Study Coordinator for a Commission of English Language Accreditation (CEA) accreditation process.

Professional Activities

Courses Taught
  • Introduction to College English – ESL
  • College English Preparation – ESL
  • Fundamentals of English for International Students
  • Basic Reading and Writing Skills for International Students
  • English Composition 2