Professor Ling is very knowledgeable in his subject and you can learn a lot from him if you are willing to work hard. He pushes students intellectually and puts a great emphasis on individual research. His teaching methods include lecturing with the aid of power point presentations and he tries to be as hands off as possible in seminars. This is intimidating at first, but as the semester goes on and students learn what is expected of them and get closer to their peers learning is quite effective.
Professor Ling expects a great amount from his students. He can be very intimidating at first and not very approachable. He holds all of his students accountable to his expectations and has no problem telling you to leave his seminar if you are not fully prepared. However, if he can tell that you truly care about the module and are trying to understand he will ease up a bit. He has a strong personality but still manages to stimulate interest towards his subject.