Mornington Peninsula Language and Culture Studies

Our teachers

We are all passionate native speakers, and we'd love to share our love of language, culture, and the traditions of our homelands with you.

Diana teaches Spanish

Hola! My name is Diana, I'm from Madrid, and I’ve been living in Australia for over 5 years. Very young I wanted to study Tourism, travel the world and open my view to other cultures. I lived in Ireland and travelled in many countries in Europe and America. I taught in Spain in many areas and worked in Cultural Centres teaching all ages from kids to adults. When I moved to Mornington, I taught at the U3A. This experience was for me a treasure, especially the people that I had the opportunity to meet there. And for over 4 years I have enjoyed being part of MPLCS. I love to share my culture and for me, it is great when I see my students speaking in my language, it makes me so happy. Looking forward to meeting you soon. Nos vemos pronto!

Lizz teaches Spanish

Hola gente bella! My name is Lizz. 

I'm a Spanish native speaker and a language professor, with a love of teaching. 

I have been teaching students Spanish language and culture for over 25 years.  

Los esperos!




Ajinder teaches English

Ajinder is an English language & media trainer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with over 20 years in education, corporate training & journalism. She provides English tutoring services for those studying for their IGCSE, O-levels, A-levels, TOEFL, IELTS and PTE, & holds a Masters Degree in Corporate Communications & a Bachelor's in English Language & Computer Science. She was formerly the Head of the Faculty of Communications at HELP University, Kuala Lumpur & Deputy Principal of Regent International School. She is passionate about training & coaching those seeking to improve their communication, language & presentation skills. She's a bubbly & result-focussed tutor who forms a bond quickly with her students. Ajinder was a journalist with Malaysia's first independent online newspaper, Malaysiakini. Many of her articles have been  translated into various languages by organisations such as the United Nations & Southeast Asia Press Alliance.​

Aiden teaches English

Hi, my name is Aidan.

I am a journalist, and I've lived in six countries and travelled throughout the world.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts and 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 teaches German and English

Paul is an English and German native speaker 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!).

Tanja teaches German - DerDieDas

Tanja’s favourite German children book is ‘ Das verzauberte Klassenzimmer’, from Cornelia Funke. She is a native speaker, emigrated with her husband Bernd to Australia in 2009 and home schooled their 3 kids in German. When she is not busy as a Mum, she runs a successful mindful fitness business and helps out in a school garden. She also loves teaching kids about water safety and swimming and is excited to be on​ the MPLCS team for teaching German within the Der Die Das framework.

Christina teaches German

Hallo! My name is Christina and I've lived in Australia for 25 years. I live in Frankston with my husband, three children (12-18) and 8 pets. Early on I wanted to work with children, so I decided to assist in a kindergarten for a year after finishing my “Abitur” at school. I then obtained a Diploma in Social Work in 1997 before coming to Australia, not knowing I would stay. I spent my first years being an assistant at a special needs school and a support worker. My hobbies include reading, laughing with friends, dancing and singing. And for the last few years I've been teaching yoga and Pilates-inspired exercise classes, which is lots of fun. I'm really enjoying my German sessions with the kids at MPLCS as I can combine many of the things I’ve done in my life – including singing german children’s songs again! Bis bald!

Gine teaches German - DerDieDas

"Hallihallo” my name is Gine and I'm a German kindergarten teacher who has worked in bilingual pre-school field (English/German) for more than 14 years, both in Germany and Australia.

I came to Australia in 2011 with my husband and have 3 children. The last 7 years I have been running German playgroups in Melbourne'e South Eastern Suburbs and the Mornington Peninsula. 

I have a special interest in languages, gardening and music and look forward teaching the children German within the DerDieDas framework.

Imke teaches German - DerDieDas

Hallo! My name is Imke. I'm originally from Hannover, but lived in Berlin for 17 years before moving to Melbourne in 2013. I've studied Scandinavian Studies, English Studies, German Literature and German as a Foreign Language at Humboldt University in Berlin. I've been teaching German as a foreign language for 20 years, mainly at universities (Berlin, Auckland, Melbourne) and different language schools. Languages and their underlying structures have always fascinated me and I love passing on the passion for learning them to my students. I've also co-written and edited various textbooks for teaching and learning German.

I'm very excited about working with younger kids now and teaching German within the DerDieDas program! 

Valentina teaches German - DerDieDas

Hallo hallo! 

My name is Valentina, I'm a pre-service teacher in my 4th year of a Bachelor in Primary and Secondary Education.

My passion lies in teaching children through an art-centred approach and encouraging them to approach every task creatively. 

I am a native speaker and part of the DerDieDas program at MPLCS teaching little ones the basics of German, as well as sharing with them the German culture, festivals and more!  

Giorgia teaches Italian

What an exciting adventure is to learn a new language, as it’s not just about the skills of the language itself but learning the culture and a whole new way of living and thinking!

Ciao, sono Giorgia and I teach Italian here at MPLCS. I was born in Trieste, a coastal city in the high Adriatic Sea on the Italian border with Slovenia. My passion for languages started back in my teens and developed more in my early 20’s as I travelled around Europe and Canada. From the sounds and the phonetics to the idiomatic phrases and much more a language is a complex yet fascinating cultural baggage once we learn it becomes part of us. So, if you decide to start your journey in languages, you’ve come to the right place!

Anna teaches Italian

My name is Anna Campanella. I was born in Italy on the island of Sicily. 

I have been an Italian tutor for over 10 years, and had the privilege of teaching at the Mornington Peninsula Language School for over 6 years.

I'm a member of Frankston U3A where I also taught Italian.

I love reading, writing and listening to music. I have written and self-published a collection of 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 teaches Italian

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

I’m an artist living on the Mornington Peninsula. My artwork is shown in local gallery and art shows. 

I also enjoy teaching yoga and Pilates.

Rosella teaches Italian

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. I now live on the Mornington Peninsula. My love for 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 to seniors - anyone who would like to experience fun way to learn Italian. A presto!

Giulia teaches Italian

Ciao a tutti! 

Hi everyone! I’m Giulia, 24, born and raised in Italy. 

I graduated in Communication at Sienna 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 teaches French

Bonjour, je m'appelle Isabelle!

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. I enjoy sharing language and culture with students of all ages, and offer creative workshops in French to combine an activity such as collage or journal writing to the spoken French learning process.

Nathalie teaches French

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.

Simo teaches French

Bonjour, my name is Mohamed (AKA Simo). I'm a Moroccan born screenwriter and visual artist. I moved to Australia with my partner 3 years ago.

I have been tutoring Arabic and French for many years, offering lessons for Individuals and small groups. My particular love is teaching the French language through movies. It is my pleasure to help students enhance and appreciate French and Arabic languages. A bientôt.

Pam teaches Greek

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

Fisun teaches Turkish

My name is Fisun Ergun. I was bo​rn in Melbourne-Australia. I spent my high school years in Turkey. 

I'm a qualified Foundation - Year 12 teacher. I describe myself as a highly motivated, enthusiastic and a dedicated educator who wants all learners to be successful with what they are trying to achieve. Not only that, but I'm experienced in one-on-one tutoring as well as delivering group sessions for TSL learners. (Turkish as a Second Language)

Currently, I teach Visual Arts to Primary aged students. We also have our art studio’s Instagram page. To see what my students accomplished with Visual Arts, please follow my Instagram page on @Dallas_visualarts.

Raphaela teaches Portuguese 

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 teaches Japanese 

Konnichiwa, I am Harumi. I was born in Yokohama, and moved to Australia in 2013. I have 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 teaches Mandarin

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 popular language spoken by billions of people around the world.

I am patient and kind. I hope to see you in my class.

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