Language Instructors

Sonam Chusang

Instructor, Tibetan


Mr. Sonam Rinchen Chusang was born in Amdo, eastern Tibet. As a child he attended the Tibetan Children’s Village School (TCV) in Dharamsala, the seat of the exiled Tibetan community in India. Due to this unique upbringing, Sonam is fluent in both the Amdo Tibetan and Central, or Standard, Tibetan dialects. After moving to Canada in 2001, Sonam began teaching Tibetan, and created the LearnTibetan website. In addition to teaching Tibetan at The University of British Columbia, Sonam has taught Intensive Summer Tibetan at University of Virginia as well as in many Buddhist communities in the United States and to many students and researchers. On Saturday mornings, Sonam is one of the teachers that leads Tibetan language classes for Tibetan children in Greater Vancouver.


Binod Shrestha

Instructor, Nepali


Mr. Binod Shrestha was born and raised in Nepal. Binod has been involved with Nepali Language instruction since 1990 as an instructor, interpreter and translator of various Nepali language initiatives in Nepal and Canada. He has taught English in various schools and colleges in Nepal, is a British Columbia certified English Teacher and holds a Master’s degree in English Literature, a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and Diploma in Education from the University of British Columbia. After realizing the need to impart Nepali language pedagogically, he wrote the textbook “Communicating in Nepali Language,” to help support students as well as instructors in their learning and teaching of Nepali. His other works include the translation of a short novel “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach into Nepali.