|The subject of this article is non-canonical.
While created as part of licensed material, it has not been confirmed as part of the "real" Buffyverse continuity.
Master Shantou was an old Tibetan monk. He was also secretly a werewolf who could control his transformation. When Oz traveled to Tibet, he stayed at Shantou's monastery, where Shantou taught him how to control his transformation as well.
He learned to speak English from books and taught many English and American students, as well as an Australian one.