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

Lily Kwiatkowski

Assistant Director

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 Assistant 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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Tim Clarke

Assistant Director

Tim started his journey at the University of Toronto back in 2005. Throughout the years, he has contributed as a camp counsellor, work-study, program coordinator, and then transitioned to a full-time position. Now, as the Assistant Director, Tim leads the recruitment strategies and initiatives as well as manages the summer operations for over 1000 students. Tim’s main goal is to ensure that all students have an unforgettable experience here at the International Programs.

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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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Dmitry Rudashevskiy

Recruitment Officer

Dmitry has been with the International Programs team since 2011 and stepped into his current role in 2015. Currently, Dmitry works with student registrations, assists in general administration, supports student services, and is actively involved in student recruitment initiatives and remote marketing strategies. Outside of work hours, you can find him around the streets of Toronto, taking photos.

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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

Program Assistant

Misha first joined the International Programs team as a camp counsellor for the summer programs and later joined the admin team full-time. Throughout the Fall/Winter semesters, as the Program Assistant, Misha facilitates IFP Student Life and Student Services events and initiatives while also assisting students with their inquiries. Misha also works with the summer programs with 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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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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Tyler Cousin

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 His research interests include specific purposes language assessment and content language integrated learning  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 Recently, Bruce participated in an IELTS funded research project that used cognitive diagnostic modelling to generate reading descriptors at different band levels on the IELTS Reading Test

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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 2004 She coordinates the IFP engineering stream, as well as the summer International English Programs (IEP) academic program Her research interests include cognitive linguistics, Systemic Functional Linguistics, genre theory, English for Specific Purposes, and language proficiency testing She 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 (bitdo/tleap), 4CinELT (fourcca), and IATEFL Teacher Development Special Interest Group (tdsigorg) 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 (bitly/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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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!

Hanna Rashid

Program Advisor
hanna.rashid@utoronto.ca | IFP, Youth IEP, IEP, Pre-U

As the Program Advisor, Hanna provides one-to-one ongoing academic advising, guidance on personal and academic matters as well as strategies on time, stress, and anxiety management to ensure that our IFP students feel supported to succeed academically She also organizes workshops and sessions on course & degree options, university resources, engagement opportunities and anything students may need to know when transitioning from IFP to their full time studies When she is not in the office, you’ll find her either cooking, gardening or woodworking!  

 

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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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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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

Lindsey Shorser

Instructor

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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Kate Finegan

Instructor

Jeannie Haller

Instructor

Jeannie has taught EAP for over ten years 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)

Michele Irwin

Instructor

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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Tracy Manning

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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 These interests have led to her pursuit of a PhD in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development in Mathematics Education at OISE

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Rebecca Pearson-Fischer

Instructor

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

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Nicola Carozza

Instructor

Nicola’s work spans EAP at the university setting and continuing education at the college setting in both Canada and China He has designed curriculum for George Brown College and has taught specific language courses to better integrate reading and listening into spoken discourse in the classroom Nicola’s interests include meaningful and authentic assessment for both writing and speaking He has done research on listening skills to better integrate speaking in the classroom Nicola is also the Lead Instructor of the Global Citizenship Program, a course for international students that focuses on instilling leadership skills and mitigating world issues

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Khalid Ahmed

Instructor

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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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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Alice Kim

Instructor

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

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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

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Daniel Brielmaier

Instructor

Conttia Lai

Instructor

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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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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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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Charles Wotton

Instructor

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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Catrinel Ionescu

Instructor

Cat Ionescu’s research is focused on the evaluation of online platforms and their affordances to further academic writing for international students She has been heavily involved with material development for the Critical Reading and Writing section of the International Foundations Program for over five years, and prior to this she taught various courses in the International English Program at University of Toronto She is also a published author and an avid reader

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Çağrı Bilgin

Instructor

Çağrı’s interests span both applied and theoretical linguistics His theoretical research focuses on first and second language acquisition, syntax and language documentation On the applied side, he has taught EAP and ESL for more than a decade in Canada, Japan and China He has also developed student-centred curricula and worked with local Chinese English teachers to incorporate CLT methods into their curriculum Çağrı strives to make sure that his teaching methods are informed by both theory and practice in order to deliver a well-rounded education to his students

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