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Hong Si

Director, Administration

Hong has worked at the University of Toronto since 2004. As the Director, Hong oversees all administrative operations, marketing & recruitment, budget & finance, partnerships, student experiences, international strategies & initiatives and more. Outside of the office, you can find him travelling around the world and eating everything along the way.

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Lily Kwiatkowski

Associate Director, Administration

Lily has been part of the International Programs team since 2002 as an undergraduate student. After graduation, she joined the team full-time. Now, as the Associate Director, Lily oversees all student services and administrative operations of the International Foundation Program (IFP). She liaises with various faculties and stakeholders at the university regarding IFP admissions, student advising, program regulations, and co-curricular support.

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Nicola Carozza

Assistant Director

Nicola has been with the International Programs team since 2012 and has taught a variety of courses both in the International Foundation Program and the International Summer Academy. In addition to teaching at the University of Toronto, Nicola brings his vast experiences from working in offshore programs to organizing professional development events for English language teaching. Now, as the Assistant Director, he leads the recruitment strategies and initiatives, collaborates with different parties to develop new programming, and manages operations for the International Summer Academy and Online Learning programs for over 1000 students each year.

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Sagebelle Wu

Recruitment & Communications Manager

Sage first started working at the University of Toronto as a member of the front desk staff in 2006. Throughout the years, she has taken on different positions in New College and first joined the International Programs team in 2010. Sage works in the areas of university & program recruitment in Asia, new market development, and marketing and communications design. When she’s not playing video games or reading in her spare time, Sage is continuously preparing for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Andrea Masuda

Communications Coordinator

Since joining the International Programs team as a work-study student in 2013, Andrea has coordinated student registrations, designed communications and promotional materials, and assisted in marketing initiatives. She drives the administrative procedures and keeps the office running. When she’s not in the office, she loves sampling the new restaurants around Toronto – there’s always something new to try!

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Caroline Seeto

Administrative Assistant

Caroline assists in event organization and logistics, general administration, summer registrations, and handles enquiries from students, parents and instructors. She is always helpful, positive and excited to welcome students to our programs and the university! When she’s not in the office, you can find her enjoying the cherry blossom trees by Robarts Library, or visiting and having lunch with friends throughout campus.

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James Boswell

Student Life Assistant

James joined the International Programs admin team in 2019, but has been part of our programs since 2017 as a camp counsellor and coordinator. In his role, James organizes social events and co-curricular opportunities, provides our IFP students with any tech support, assists in planning and hiring for our non-degree programs, as well as managing student registrations. He’s always happy to help! When he is not in office hours, you can find him cooking, cycling, or spending time with his adorable dog.  

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Kendra Knoll

Coordinator

As the Coordinator, Kendra assists in all administrative tasks of the IFP, works with prospective and current students on the IFP application process and registration, and reviews applications.  She collaborates on the IFP admission process, and advises on registration, finances, and enrolment issues. When she’s not in the office, you can find her with her two cats or trying out new recipes!

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Mario Pena

International Client Relations Coordinator

Mario joined the International Programs team in 2018 but has been working at the university since 2010. He brings extensive expertise in student recruitment and international partnerships. Mario manages our partner relations, oversees new partner application procedures, and coordinates student recruitment initiatives. Mario also bridges connections between the university and various government and private scholarship programs, bursaries, and funding opportunities.

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Misha Vorotyntsev

Recruitment Assistant

Misha first joined the International Programs team as a camp counsellor for the summer programs and later joined the admin team full-time. As the Recruitment Assistant, Misha coordinates recruitment initiatives in key markets, including Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He also assists the team by developing online initiatives and creative solutions within student life and partner relations. In addition to his recruitment portfolio, Misha also works with the summer programs in event and activity planning, student registrations, and summer staff hiring to ensure that our students have the best experience possible with us.  

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Nao Yamamoto

Information & Data Management Coordinator

Nao’s main focus is on researching, collecting, and analyzing data to facilitate program evaluation so that we can keep improving our programs. He also coordinates the marketing initiatives in Japan and Korea by creating marketing strategies, forecasting trends and opportunities through collected data and market research, and building closer relations with various partners. Nao is extremely experienced with many years working in this industry.

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Tyler Cousin

Student Life Officer

Tyler is involved with all things student life and co-curricular! He ensures our students in all programs feel supported and have the most positive experiences at U of T. During the summer, Tyler leads the student life programming and summer staff hiring, training, and support. During the fall/winter semesters, he coordinates with various university offices and organizations to provide extracurricular opportunities for IFP students. He is your go-to person for everything student related!

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Bruce Russell

Director, Academic
bruce.russell@utoronto.ca | IFP, Youth IEP, IEP, Pre-U

Bruce has been Director (Academic) of International Programs since 2004 where he overseas programming and instruction. Bruce is interested in how language support can be tailored to meet the needs of both international and domestic English language learners in post-secondary contexts. His research interests include specific purposes language assessment, content language integrated learning, translanguaging, and reliability and validity issues in language assessment.

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Katherine Anderson

Assistant Academic Director, Lead Instructor
katherine.anderson@utoronto.ca | IFP, Youth IEP, IEP, Pre-U

With over 25 years of teaching experience in Canada and Europe, Katherine joined the New College as a summer language instructor in 2004She coordinates the IFP engineering stream, as well as the summer International English Programs (IEP) academic programHer research interests include cognitive linguistics, Systemic Functional Linguistics, genre theory, English for Specific Purposes, and language proficiency testingShe holds an MA in Teaching English for Academic Purposes from the University of Nottingham, where her main research focus was optimizing writing instruction to promote core language development for speakers of English as an Additional Language. 

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Tyson Seburn

Assistant Academic Director
tyson.seburn@utoronto.ca | IFP, Youth IEP, IEP, Pre-U

As part of the English language teaching community, his focus is on public spaces for exploring teacher identity and development. These primarily include spaces like #tleap (bit.do/tleap), 4CinELT (fourc.ca), and IATEFL Teacher Development Special Interest Group (tdsig.org). As a university EAP instructor, his main area of interest is collaborative and cooperative intensive reading. This manifests itself mostly through his work on the Critical Reading & Writing and Information in the Digital Era courses, and through authoring Academic Reading Circles (bit.ly/arc-book).

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Alexandra Guerson

Lecturer

Alexandra Guerson has been teaching world history in the IFP since 2010, where she gets to combine both her expertise in history with her past experience as an international student. At New College, she also coordinates New One: Learning without Borders.

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John McGaughey

Lead Instructor

John McGaughey has been teaching English for academic purposes (EAP) for over 15 years at universities in Canada and in South Korea.  His research interests include Vygotskian sociocultural theory and activity theory in understanding second language teaching/learning, teacher and learner identity and the first-year international ESL student experience; language policy and planning as well as translanguaging in EAP classes.

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Kerstin Sandstrom

Lead Instructor

Kerstin Sandstrom has been an ESL professional for more than 20 years. She began her focus on EAP in 2008, and has been teaching at the University of Toronto for the last nine years. Kerstin is currently the Lead Instructor for Academic Listening and Speaking with the University of Toronto’s IFP program. In this role, she has developed a focus on curriculum and assessment design, as well as invigorating the speaking elements of the course by introducing vocabulary for production, speaking mechanics, and Academic Listening Circles.

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Janine Rivière

Lead Instructor

Janine Rivière has been teaching EAP and undergraduate History courses at universities in Canada and Australia for over 10 years. She received her PhD in History from the University of Toronto and is the Lead Course Instructor of the University Skills and Strategies course in the IFP. Rivière has published widely on the cultural history of dreams and nightmares in the early modern period. Her book – Dreams in Early Modern England – was published by Routledge in June 2017.

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ÇAĞRI BİLGİN

Online Program Coordinator

Çağrı develops outcome-based, student-centred curricula taught at his direction, using the latest online teaching tools. His interests span theoretical, applied and computational linguistics. His research focuses on syntax, first and second language acquisition, and language documentation. He has been teaching EAP and ESL for more than a decade in Canada, Japan and China. He also works on the interplay between data science and linguistics. Çağrı strives to make sure that his courses are informed by theory, practice and technology in order to deliver a well-rounded, 21st century education to his students.

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Stephen Oliver

IFP Program Advisor

With nearly 15 years of experience in English language education, Stephen began his career as a teacher in South Korea after completing his B.A. After seven wonderful years, he returned to Canada to further his studies and continue his career as an English language educator in the post-secondary sector. Prior to joining the IFP, Stephen taught English for Academic Purposes in the GTA at George Brown College and Seneca College, as well as in China for short-term teaching projects. Now, as the Program Advisor, Stephen provides support to all IFP students in their academic journeys by sharing his expertise and experiences in English language learning and higher education.

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Chiharu Tabuchi McGee

Administrative Assistant

Chiharu has been with the International Programs team since 2019. In her role, Chiharu assists in academic administration, managing inventory and records, and handles enquiries from students and instructors. Outside the office, she’s known as the “walking vintage dictionary” and enjoys yoga, photography and café hopping!

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Nermine Abd Elkader

Instructor

Nermine Abd Elkader has a special interest in ontological dialogue as an approach to transformative education. She believes that such dialogue is needed and often overlooked in second language teaching. It is especially important in EAP which prepares students to be linguistically competent in a post secondary setting. With some of the most recent approaches-such as Plurilingualism and Critical Pedagogy- emerging in EAP, Nermine is interested to see how she can incorporate Dialogic Pedagogy into these approaches to achieve a deeper and more equitable EAP education.

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Farhana Ahmed

Instructor
farhana.ahmed@utoronto.ca | IFP, IEP, Pre-U

Farhana Ahmed has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from York University, Canada. Her area of concentration was educational technology in higher education. She also has a Masters (with thesis) and TESL Ontario certification from York University. Dr. Ahmed has specialised in the teaching of ESL, EAP and Business English in countries including Canada, Bahrain, Singapore and Bangladesh. She is currently working at University of Toronto and Sheridan College. Her publications and research projects have examined student and teacher beliefs towards educational innovation, online/blended language teaching methodology and curriculum design, along with virtual reality environments for the learning and teaching of languages and teacher education.

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Christina Cole

Instructor

Christina Cole has a particular interest in teaching second language listening, pronunciation, and using technology to facilitate language learning. Prior to the IFP program, she taught EAP at Sheridan College and Mohawk College and English Literature at York University. She has presented at TESOL, TESL Ontario, and TESL affiliates on diverse topics. She was team lead in the development and launch of TESL Ontario’s inaugural webinar series.  Currently, she is a member of a research project at York University, investigating language teaching technology use in post-secondary EAP programs.

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Jeannie Haller

Instructor

Jeannie has taught EAP for over ten years in Canadian universities. She has both developed and instructed university bridging programs for first-year economic and engineering students. Jeannie teaches academic listening and speaking with a focus on presentation, note-taking and lecture listening skills. She also teaches a business writing/communication course at York University. Jeannie has specialized training in and has tutored students with acquired brain injuries (ABI).

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Mostafa Hasrati

Instructor

Since completing my Ph.D. at King’s College London, U.K. in 2003, I have worked in Iran, the UK, and Canada. My research revolves around socio-political aspects of academic literacy in higher education, which has led to various peer-reviewed publications. I have a wide range of post-secondary experience, ranging from teaching EAP and ESL to supervising postgraduate students. Currently, I teach EAP at the International Foundation Program at the University of Toronto.

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Sa’diyya Hendrickson

Instructor

Sa’diyya has been teaching mathematics for the International Foundation Program since 2013. Her courses aim to better prepare incoming students for mathematics at the University of Toronto by bridging the gap between grade school and university-level math. The central goal is to provide students with the fundamental skills and reasoning training required for success. Her passion for mathematics is joined by an enthusiasm and curiosity for the pedagogical creativity required to make mathematics accessible for all students.

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Carlos Hernandez

Instructor

Carlos is an experienced multilingual language instructor who has over 13 years of experience teaching ESL. He has been teaching EAP for the last 5 years in different academic institutions across the GTA, such as McMaster University, George Brown College and Conestoga College. He has recently joined the IFP Program after teaching in a different academic program at U of T. He is fluent in Spanish, German, French and Italian. His passion for languages and different cultures has given him the chance to teach in China, South America and Europe. His current interests include the emphasis on learning strategies to promote student autonomy. When not teaching, Carlos enjoys going for long runs, working out at the gym or learning a new language.

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Ai Ishida

Instructor

After teaching EFL and American Drama in Japanese universities, Ai has been teaching EAP in Canada for 10 years. She is particularly interested in student growth, self-reflection, and wellness. Pursing ever more possibilities for creative classroom environments, she has been implementing sustained silent reading and self-reflective writing times in her classes. When not teaching, she is an avid piano player and a passionate theatre-goer.

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Sophie Paish

Instructor

Sophie has over 14 years of teaching experience and has taught in a variety of countries: Slovakia, Japan, the UK, and Canada. Since 2011, she has been teaching EAP in university programs. She is also interested in education research and acts as support on a variety of education consultancies throughout the year.

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Vijay Ramjattan

Instructor

Vijay Ramjattan teaches Academic Listening and Speaking in the IFP. He is an interdisciplinary researcher who examines the intersections of language, race, and work in a range of professional settings. This research interest has taken the form of studies on racism and teachers’ work in English language teaching as well as how speech accent becomes a site of racialized workplace learning for international teaching assistants.

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Arlene Samlalsingh

Instructor

Arlene has been an instructor of Academic Listening and Speaking for many years.  In her quest to develop listener autonomy, she strives to assist her students with the deep metacognitive processes of listening whereby they might notice where they normally would not and then looking at evidence of that learning in their speaking and writing.  Arlene has taught ESL to Newcomer adults and Business Communications in the college system. In the corporate sector, she has facilitated courses in socio-cultural communication as well as Occupation Specific Language Training for Accounting and Finance, harnessing from her many years with IBM Canada, Ltd.

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Zoltan Toth

Instructor

Zoltan has over ten years  years of experience teaching ESL to students from a variety of cultures and countries; he has taught in Canada, Spain, Hungary and the UK. For the past eight  years he has been working as an EAP instructor in the International Foundation Program (IFP) at the University of Toronto during the September-April academic year. During the summer breaks, Zoltan  combines his love of travel and teaching by working as a pre-sessional university tutor at various UK universities. His particular  area of interest  within EAP is vocabulary  acquisition and learning strategies.

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Fiore Vescio

Instructor

Fiore has been teaching English as a Second Language for over 10 years. For the last 5 years, he has been teaching EAP reading and writing courses at both the University of Toronto and Humber College. Fiore has been a TESOL practicum sponsor teacher, and he has also developed curriculum for Humber College courses for Speaking and Pronunciation, and a UofT ROTMAN Commerce preparation course. Fiore’s interests include providing individualized support for students through the Learning Support Program with the goal of helping students improve pronunciation and writing skills.

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Joanna Warden

Instructor

With 30 years of experience in public and private sector education, I am passionate about language teaching in all its forms. I am particularly focused on the way EAP intersects with cultural equity and social justice. My current interests include test design and the construction of PLNs through social media. .

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Claire Wilkinson

Instructor

Interested in learning about different cultures and acquiring new languages herself, Claire has taught EFL in a variety of countries in South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.  For the past seven years, she has been teaching ESL and EAP for both the ELP and the IFP programs at U of T. She has also developing curricula for the Trinity College exams, the MELAB and IELTS tests. From working with foreign students from various L1 backgrounds, she is interested in how to successfully change fossilized pronunciation features.

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Christine Wong

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Charles Wotton

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My fascination for education started when I was a child attending innovative alternative schools in Toronto, and after twenty-odd years of teaching, my interest in effective, critical, and learner-centred pedagogy continues to grow. As a teacher I value active learning, social justice, mutual trust and respect, humor, and kindness. Of particular scholarly interest lately has been the relationship between learner and teacher identity, autonomy, and motivation. When not teaching, I enjoy singing (ok, yes, sometimes while teaching too), and designing maps of imaginary places.

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Cat teaches Critical Reading and Writing for the International Foundations Program at the University of Toronto. Her research is focused on the evaluation of online platforms and their affordances to further academic writing in higher education. Currently, Cat’s projects include exploring writer commentary on evidence and collaborating on creating an evidence-based pedagogical approach to categorize comment types.

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Alice has taught EAP for over ten years in universities in Canada and the Middle East, primarily within academic reading and writing.  Her area of interest is critical pedagogy and the sociocultural, political and educational contexts of students that impact learning in the classroom.  She is also interested in teacher development and contributes to this as a board member of TESL Toronto. She has helped to organize conferences such as T4T and TOSCON with the board.  Her other teaching experiences include business English, IELTS prep, and general English to newcomers and refugees in Canada and overseas. She is a language learner of Korean and Arabic.

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Conttia Lai

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Conttia Lai is a PhD candidate in the Language and Literacies Education program at OISE/UT. Her research interests include academic literacies development and academic writing pedagogy. Her thesis research, comprising three case studies of the textual borrowing practices of international graduate students, is largely informed by her teaching practices and interactions with second language student writers in higher education contexts in Canada and Asia.

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Tracy Manning

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Tracy has a BA in English Literature from the University of Victoria, B.C., an MEd in Second Language Education and Comparative, International and Development Education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and a MISt from the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.  She specialises in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and has taught at universities in Southeast Asia and Toronto for the past 20 years.  Her main research interests include information literacy skills in EAP, specifically the ability of students to incorporate outside sources in their academic writing and the language learning/affective benefits of extensive reading in EAP programs.

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Lindsey Shorser

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Since 2005, Lindsey has been teaching mathematics, computer science, and other related topics at the University of Toronto St. George campus. She joined the IFP team in 2011 as the instructor of the economics course, and is also coordinating the first year Calculus for Commerce course for the Faculty of Arts and Science. Her research interests focus on the overlap between the psychology of learning and STEM education.

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Rebecca Pearson-Fischer

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After teaching academic English in the US and Canada for over ten years, Rebecca joined the IFP team in 2015. She has worked as a journalist, author, editor, writing tutor, English exam designer and assessor, writing centre manager and K-12 developmental reading teacher. These experiences inform her teaching focus on learner-driven and formative feedback, recursive learning, educational technology, and creativity in the classroom. She recently designed an online English literature course for business majors, and created an online module textbook for post-secondary learners needing to upgrade their reading and writing skills. When she is not teaching, she runs a small business drawing portraits and painting murals.

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