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Three academic staff from the School of Culture, History and Language (CHL) were recognised for their outstanding contribution in teaching excellence this morning at the College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) School Forum on the 19th of December. CAP Dean, Professor Michael Wesley presented the awards to the recipients of 2018 CAP Awards for Excellence in Education, which was initiated in 2007 to recognise and encourage excellence in both coursework teaching and research supervision within the School.
Dr Yuko Kinoshita was recognised for her outstanding teaching practice and her inspiring journey as an educator in linguistics and Japanese language. She has worked to transform university language and linguistics teaching by fostering scholars who think well and enjoy doing so.
Of her Teaching Excellence Award, Dr Kinoshita said, “Professional teaching skills are often undervalued in the tertiary setting, and awards like this go a small way towards redressing the balance.”
Dr Kinoshita said it was an honour to be recognised by her peers for her teaching practice. Her students past and present have been the greatest source of inspiration for her own learning as an educator.
“What is most rewarding for me is when I feel that I made a bit of difference to my students’ learning and thinking capacity, as my teachers did for me. I feel especially pleased when students who come to university with additional challenges –for example socioeconomic status, or health — are able to overcome these.”
Dr Tami Sato-McGrath who won The Award for Excellence in Language Teaching was recognised for the high quality of her Japanese language teaching and her commitment to modifying her teaching approaches, method and styles to suit each particular student cohort.
“I enjoy working with students and introducing them to Japanese language and culture. What is most rewarding is when the students' interest deepens as a result of my teaching and they are motivated to study Japanese culture more deeply,” said Dr Sato-McGrath.
Her students value her patient and approachable manner and her willingness to provide support beyond the classroom.
“Sato-sensei was very kind and understanding and made every effort to explain difficult concepts clearly and plainly but in great detail,” said one of her students.
A student-driven and nominated initiative, the CAP Wattle Award is designed to recognise lecturers who demonstrate excellence in creating and maintaining the Wattle Site that best enhances the student learning experience. Dr Bethwyn Evans’ ASIA2308 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific was exceptional for its engaging, organised and accessible site.
The selection committee noted that Dr Evans utilises the site in a way that encourages learning and helps students to organise their thoughts.