Meet Our Teachers

Learning a foreign language takes time and dedication.

Our teachers have a passion to teach their native language and they would be delighted to have the opportunity to teach you.

See our teacher profiles below:

Tertulia Language Team

Barbara

Italian Teacher

In love with languages since childhood and always curious about other cultures, Barbara has studied Foreign Languages and Literature (English and French) at Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice, as well as studying German.

Italian native speaker and based in London since 1997, she has been running groups and teaching Italian in different contexts, from one-to-one bespoke tuition to teaching different age groups.

In addition to her love for languages, Barbara is passionate about music. She is a Jazz singer and songwriter and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Performance.

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Fabia

Italian Teacher

After having worked in an International School in Italy for 10 years, Fabia moved to UK with her family. Fabia has a vast experience in teaching Italian language to children and adults in collaboration with Southampton Community Languages.

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Simona

Italian & English Teacher

Simona is an enthusiastic Italian language teacher with almost two decades of experience in teaching Italian, Spanish and English in England, Argentina and Italy.

She qualified as a primary school teacher in Italy and when she moved to England she obtained a TESOL certificate (Sheffield, UK).

Simona has also taught English in multinational companies, adapting to various teaching situations like one to one as well as small to big groups of professionals and young adults with diverse linguistic needs and backgrounds. Developing therefore tailored techniques that make teaching personal and unique.

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Hortensia

Portuguese Teacher

Hortênsia holds a bachelor’s degree in Language and Literature (Portuguese, English and German) and she is a qualified teacher. She worked as a Portuguese teacher at state schools in São Paulo, Brazil. Her experience includes also teaching German and English at private schools. Hortênsia loves languages. She has studied also French and recently some Italian at Tertulia. Languages are not her only interests in life. She is also passionate about Brazilian sambas and she loves sewing small pieces of Calico to create beautiful patchwork quilts.

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Katja

German Teacher

Katja is a native German qualified teacher. She has over 10 years of experience in teaching German, working with all age groups in school settings, colleges as well as 1:1 tuition. She has been living in the UK for almost 20 years, and she also holds the qualification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Katja likes to adapt her lessons to the learner’s needs, as we all learn in different ways. She believes that learning a language should be an enjoyable experience for the learners achieving their goals.

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Valentina

Italian & Spanish Teacher

Valentina is an Italian CELTA graduated ESL teacher, with a passion for student learning and languages.

She is fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish and this helps her not only to understand the doubts the students might have, but also to identify common difficulties and mistakes tailored to each specific language.

Her main aim is to find a perfect balance between theory and its application in a creative and stimulating way.

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Louis

English & French Teacher

Louis was born in the UK, but he grew up in France from the age of 5. After acquiring a degree in English and a Master’s degree in Teaching, he decided to move back to England to pursue a CELTA certification and to gain more experience in the field of education. Louis is thus fluent in both English and French and is able to adapt himself to the needs of the students.

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Portia

English & Italian Teacher

Portia Powell, friendly and experienced Italian tutor with a passion for languages and learning.

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Andrew

English & French Teacher

Andrew is a languages teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching French and German both in schools and in Adult Education.  He has a B.A. Honours degree in French, a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages, a Masters Degree in Translation, and a TEFL qualification from the University of Portsmouth. He believes that being able to communicate with others in their own language, opens up a whole host of opportunities. Learning a language engenders understanding in other people’s cultures. He enjoys working with individuals and groups to help everyone achieve their potential and become capable and speakers of languages other than their own.