Congratulations to Professor Kyoungrok Ko, the recipient of a Faculty of Arts & Science Outstanding Teaching Award. The department also congratulates PhD student Yanfei Li on being awarded a Superior Graduate Course Instructor Teaching Award.
In Dean David Cameron’s words, “Kyoungrok Ko is a specialist in language education with an unquenchable zeal for teaching Korean. Since joining U of T in 2010, he has taught all four levels of Korean language and completely transformed the language program. Ko revised the curriculum, adapted the inverted-classroom model, created extracurricular activities like the Korean Speech Contest, instituted a TA-training program and interviewed every student seeking to enroll in first-year Korean. While Ko credits the recent increase in demand for Korean language instruction at U of T to a growing interest in K-pop and Korean pop culture generally, his colleagues and students place much of the credit closer to home.”
Dean Cameron also had very high praise for ABD PhD student Yanfei Li’s teaching: “Yanfei Li is a scholar and teacher of Chinese literature and culture. Her course evaluations for “Modern Chinese Cities,” which she has taught twice, are stellar, with one student calling the course material “very inspiring.” Others lauded her for being “very enthusiastic, understanding and accommodating.” Her department is confident that Li will not only become an outstanding researcher in her field, but continue to grow as an incredible student-centered professor.”