Diana (Spanish teacher & CEO of MPLCS)

Hola! My name is Diana, I am from Madrid and I’ve been living in Australia for 3 years now. 

Very young I decided to study Tourism, I wanted to travel over the world and open my view to other cultures. I lived in Ireland and I traveled in many countries in Europe and America. Later on I decided to study many techniques to keep body and mind in balance and this opened to me a path that I am still loving.

I’ve been teaching in Spain in many areas and working in Cultural Centres from kids to adults. When I moved to Mornington, I taught in the U3A and this experience was for me a treasure for the people that I had the opportunity to meet there. And from 2 years ago I have been enjoying being part of MPLCS.

I love to have the chance to share my culture and for me it is great when I can see my students talking in my language, it makes me really happy. Looking forward to meet you soon. 

Nos vemos pronto!

Liz (Spanish teacher)

Hola gente bella!

My name is Liz and I'm a language professor. I've been working in this industry for over 25 years. 

I'm also a native speaker.

Los espero!

Aidan (English teacher)

Hi, my name is Aidan.

I am a journalist who has lived in six countries and traveled throughout the world. 

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Griffith University in Australia.

In my work, I help businesses with professionally written content solutions.

I am really looking forward to helping you improve your English. 

And we will have fun learning together. 

See you soon!

Paul (German & English teacher)

Paul speaks English and German at native level and teaches both at MPLCS. 

He holds a First-Class Honours degree in German Language & Literature and also undertook postgraduate studies in Germany, where he still maintains close family ties. 

Paul spent much of his professional career of more than 30 years involved in adult training and development.  Since retiring, he has returned to his “first love” - languages - both as a teacher and a student (learning Italian!).

Gabriel Thelen (German Teacher)

I have many years experience tutoring in many different settings and roles and at all levels (including university level study), both privately and through institutions. 

I am a German native speaker and received the Melbourne Uni Academic Excellence Award in German.

I have long experience working with children, in many roles, including significant experience as an Integration Aid/Teacher's Aid.

I have tutored VCE German on numerous occasions and am familiar with the course outline/content and expectations. 

Laura (Italian teacher)

Laura was born in Chieti, Centre of Italy.

Her education and training paths, from High School to University, have mainly focused on Foreign Languages and Humanistic Studies, such as Tourism, Arts and Media, both in Italy and abroad.

Italian tutoring is an experience she started since her move to Australia in 2014, and that has included collaborations within community centres and private at home classes. To Laura, a classroom, either virtual or physical, is not only a place of study but an invitation to learn all round, socialice and be cheerful. Her involvement in Australia to promote the Italian culture and language has been always proactive and has embraced over the years different activities, such as writing for an important Italian Australian magazine. Laura loves to spend her free time practicing yoga, hiking and camping, working in her veggie garden and reading contemporary literature books. 

Anna (Italian teacher)

My name is Anna Campanella. I was born in Italy on the island of Sicily .I am 65 years old and I have been an Italian tutor for the past 10 years.

I have had the privilege of teaching at the Mornington Peninsula Language School for  about 6 years. 

I am a member of the Frankston U3A where I taught Italian for a few years and where I am

part of a Philosophy class and one called Big Ideas in which we tackle different topics by listening to lectures followed by discussion.

I love reading ,writing and listening to music. I have written and self published  a collection of my original poems in Italian as well as a children's book in English.   

I love teaching my language and enjoy the interaction with my students.

Paola (Italian teacher)

My name is Paola, I was born in Melbourne Australia. My heritage is Italian and my parents come from Tuscany, we spoke Italian at home and English outside of the home. I lived in Italy for a short time and went to the local school there.

I currently teach Yoga and Pilates. I’m a artist living on the peninsula. 

My art is represented in local gallery and art shows.

Rosella (Italian teacher)

Ciao, mi chiamo Rosella / Hi, my name is Rosella. I was born and educated in Italy and lived there until I was 25 years old. After I finished my studies, I travelled to discover this beautiful country, and, fell in love with Australia and now live on the Mornington Peninsula.

My love for both Australia and, Italy makes me strive to invent new approaches to teaching language.   I have experienced both worlds and I understand the experience of communicating with the locals when you are a foreigner.

You will be talking from day one, using real and practical sentences that will help you on your travels in Italy.  Learn Italian culture and society so you can fully immerse yourself in the experience 

I teach all ages from 3 years old to teenagers, adults to pensioners and anyone who would like to experience fun way to learn Italian. A presto!

Giulia (Italian teacher)

Ciao a tutti! Hi everyone!
I’m Giulia, 24, born and raised in Italy.
I graduated in Communication at Siena University in 2018.
In 2019 I worked as Italian teacher at MPLCS school.
I’m an enthusiastic and very patient teacher.
During lessons I'll cover the different parts of the Italian language (listening - speaking - reading - writing) in a friendly and fun atmosphere.
At the moment I’m back in Italy and available for online lessons.

Isabelle (French teacher)

Hello, my name is Isabelle, and I am a native French speaker.
Did you know French is a language spoken by over 275 million of people all over the world? Yes, the “Francophonie” is well alive! I am an enthusiastic, encouraging and very patient teacher and I hope to meet you soon.

Isabelle (French teacher)

Hello I am Isabelle. I was born and raised on the shore of Lake Geneva, Switzerland and grew up in the international community Geneva is known for. Divonne, Evian, the Alps and the Jura were our playground.

I am a French native speaker teaching French for close to 20 years; one of my specialised area is VCE exam preparation. I also translate/ proof-read and do voice recording for French learning methods. 

Having taught in schools in Melbourne then in various settings on the Mornington Peninsula, I am passionate about sharing the nuances of the French language with my students. I like to incorporate activities such as collage, journal writing, watching French cultural videos and newspaper articles to discuss.

Using a creative touch to the learning process, students are engaged in and out of the classroom and progress is constant!

I use a modern French method for grammar learning which contains expert tips for mastering the concepts that learners find most difficult. I am teaching online at this point in time.

Nathalie (French teacher)

Nathalie was born in Nantes and she has lived in different parts of France such as Provence, the French Riviera and Massif Central. She has had a love of languages from early on and has been eager to share her passion starting tutoring in her teens.

Nathalie loves teaching her native language and she can teach French to all ages. Her lessons suit student’s needs for each class to be a fun and motivating environment where you will become a confident French speaker. Nathalie uses games, news, art, music and culture topics to enrich your journey learning about a new language and a new culture.

Lydie (French Teacher)

Bonjour, je m'appelle Lydie. I am from France (I was born in Paris and grew up in Antibes, on the Côte d'azur), I came to Australia last century  😉

but I still speak, read and study French all the time. I also speak Spanish and understand Portuguese, Catalan and Italian. I love learning new languages as each one is a new window to the world.  I have travelled in India and done yoga courses there, now I am learning Hindi. Since the 1990s, I have worked as a Translator and Interpreter, and I've been teaching French to all ages, from young children to retirees, in language schools as well as at university. A bientôt !

Pam (Greek teacher)

My name is Pam and I am from a beautiful Greek island called Chios which is quite famous for its unique mastic gum trees. I love the sea and therefore reside in lovely Mornington with my husband and our two children.

I am bilingual and specialise in teaching English and Modern Greek as an additional language to children and adults in any learning progress. I have been teaching for more than 20 very rewarding and fulfilling years and still continue with the same passion and dedication.

Raphaela (Portuguese teacher)

Hello, My name is Raphaela. I moved to Australia from Brazil in 2018 to study a Certificate in Business International and Diploma of Leadership and Management. I am fluent in Portuguese and English having spent part of my childhood growing up in England. I am a bubbly and enthusiastic person who loves to inspire others. I would be thrilled to help you to learn my native Portuguese language and discover more about the South American culture.

Harumi (Japanese teacher)

Konnichiwa, I am Harumi. I moved to Australia in 2013. I was born in Yokohama, and I lived in Europe (Belgium, Germany and England) for 10 years in total when I was a child. I met many people when I was in Europe and when I travelled abroad who were interested in Japanese culture and language, so I thought it would be good if I could teach Japanese or introduce our culture and etiquette. Therefore, I decided to go to a Japanese language school to learn how to teach Japanese. I was working as a translator/interpreter before coming to Australia, but I have also been teaching Japanese for more than 10 years. I am looking forward to meeting you soon - not only for the language but also for sharing a cultural exchange with my students.

Clark (Mandarin teacher)

Hello everyone. My name is Clark.

I am a native Mandarin speaker and I have been a language tutor for many years.

I like to help my students learn Mandarin as it is a beautiful and so popular language spoken by billions in the world.

I am patient and kind. 

I wish to see you in my class.


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