Language Instructors


Binod Shrestha

Adjunct professor, 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 been teaching Summer Intensive Nepali Language course as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia for the past 6 years. He also teaches Summer Nepali Program at University of Washington in Seattle. After realizing the need to impart Nepali language pedagogically, he wrote the textbook “Communicative Nepali,” 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.


Sonam Chusang

Adjunct Professor, Tibetan

Mr. Sonam Rinchen Chusang was born in Amdo, northeastern Tibet. As a child, he went to the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharamsala, the capital 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 varieties. After moving to Canada in 2001, Sonam began teaching Tibetan and gradually built the Tibetan language resource website LearnTibetanLanguage. ( Sonam was a lecturer at the University of Virginia’s Intensive Summer Language Program in 2007, and he has also taught Tibetan in many Buddhist communities in the United States and to many students and researchers.

Sonam will continue teaching at the University of British Columbia this upcoming academic year and will teach the newly-offered Introduction to Tibetan 1 (TIBT 100) and Introduction to Tibetan 2 (TIBT 101) courses. For more on these courses, click here.