About Us

Welcome!  

At the MultiCultural Language Centre we offer classes for people wishing to learn French, Spanish and Italian in a relaxed and professional environment.

Our language courses are aimed at a broad range of students, from those wishing to pick-up foreign language skills for overseas travel or business purposes, to those who just want to have fun learning a second language!

Whatever your reason for wanting to learn a new language, join us at the MultiCultural Language Centre for some fun and some seriously useful education!

 

All teachers at the MultiCultural Language Centre are native speakers of the language being taught, highly competent and dedicated to ensure each programme is delivered in the best possible way. They are committed to make each class an enjoyable experience and to bring students information with methods easy to follow and understand.

We can’t wait to meet you in class!

Liliana Aguirre

Director & Spanish Teacher

¡Hola! I would like to give you the most warm welcome to our Multicultural Language Centre (MLC). My name is Liliana and I am the founder and director of this beautiful language school.

I was born in Mexico and moved to Australia in the 1990s, after living in several countries in Europe. Since my arrival in this wonderful country, I have been actively involved in the creation and promotion of multicultural events, independently and in conjunction with several organisations such as the Mexican Association of WA (FOMEX), and the Italian and Spanish Film Festivals, amongst others.

My initial professional qualifications are as an Interior Designer, however, having grown up in a household surrounded by language teachers, I developed a passion for languages and acquired a solid knowledge of Spanish grammar.

Later on, I had the opportunity to complete a Diploma in French Language and Culture at the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris, and a Spanish Teaching Diploma from the University of Guanajuato in Mexico.

The Multicultural Language Centre was born organically from weekly social gatherings at my house, where friends and work colleagues used to come to learn Spanish with me while enjoying some delicious Mexican food and often finishing at a salsa dancing session in the city. From this fun immersive experience where food, dancing, games, watching foreign films and doing other fun activities were integrated, in order to learn a new language, I decided to officially open the Multicultural Language Centre in 2011. Since then, and keeping the essence of its origins, together with my wonderful team, we have helped thousands of students learn Spanish, French and Italian.

As a learner of other languages myself, I understand the challenges involved and it would be my absolute pleasure to share with you my knowledge to make your learning experience fun and enjoyable.

Welcome to the Multicultural Language Centre!

Alessia Cubeddu

Italian Teacher and School Coordinator

Ciao a tutti!

My name is Alessia and I have proudly been working at the Multicultural Language Centre as an Italian teacher and school coordinator since its origins in 2011.

I grew up in a small charming village in Sardinia called Seneghe, a little Italian gem where many people travel for its beautiful scenery, the sun, the fantastic food, and to have a good time.

After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Italian Literature and Arts in the beautiful city of Florence, I extended my studies and completed my qualifications as a teacher of Italian as a Second Language.

Soon after, I started teaching Italian to foreigners, and moved overseas, first to Brighton in the south of England and then to Australia in 2010.

I love going to the cinema, taking long walks, reading (the last book I read was the latest Italian grammar manual of course), but most of all, I love teaching Italian and sharing
my culture with those who attend my classes!

As a School Coordinator, I also enjoy taking care of the administration and the students’ services at the school, and can solve almost any practical problem you may have when attending our language lessons.

I look forward to having the opportunity to meet you at one of my Italian courses, or at the Centre if you have any queries I can help you with.
A presto!

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Ramaa Purcell

French Teacher

Bonjour! Parisian born and bred, I spent my first 30+ years in the heart of this romantic city before relocating to Sydney and then to Perth. My heart is still strongly connected to Paris and France, where I regularly return to visit family and friends and to imbibe the culture and academic developments.

After a degree in Economics at Paris-Dauphine, I decided to turn my attention towards languages and pursued a diploma in Language and Civilisation at the prestigious University of La Sorbonne of Paris before coming to Australia…

Since 2002 I have been providing French tuition to both children and adults, through mainstream educational institutions and via word of mouth. Through joyous learning, warmth, and demeanour, my classes have proven very popular, for both adults and children, in individual or groups.
I thrive on teaching primary and secondary school students, helping them achieve excellent ATAR results, for both private and public schools. My vast experience provides a wealth of knowledge that I eagerly share for the benefit of all. Languages are my passion and my journey and it is always a great pleasure to meet the students of the MultiCultural Language Centre, offering a unique way of learning.

Néstor Vietri

Spanish Teacher

Hola, I was born in Buenos Aires – Argentina, and I am a Tax Accountant and a passionate world traveler.
I have had the opportunity to visit many countries where different languages are spoken, which led me to learn Italian, Portuguese, and English.

I love music, theatre, and fine cuisine, and developed my passion for languages as a way to acquire and expand my knowledge of diverse cultures.

Since my arrival in Australia in 2017, I have been involved in language teaching, theatre, music, and film festivals.

Now retired as a professional qualified Accountant and an Accounting Professor for 15 years at the University of Buenos Aires, I am fully dedicated to helping others to learn Spanish in Perth for diverse goals.

During my lessons, the learning process is fun, and having the passion for transmitting my knowledge to others, reflects as a joyful moment for the whole class. Apart from grammar, we will talk about Spanish and Latin American culture, theatre, cinema, music, food, books, stories, and current affairs.

I look forward to seeing you in one of my classes.

Stefania Ravelli

Italian & Spanish Teacher

Hello there! I’m Stefania, a passionate language enthusiast with a heart full of wanderlust. As an Italian-born woman, I embarked on a lifelong journey of studying English and Spanish since the tender age of 14. Along the way, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to live in vibrant countries like Spain and Mexico, immersing myself in their rich cultures and deepening my language skills.

I proudly hold a bachelor’s degree with honours in foreign languages from the prestigious University Cattolicà del Sacro Cuore in Brescia, Italy. Seeking to broaden my horizons, I recently completed my master’s degree in translation studies at UWA, Western Australia.

Teaching has become my true passion, as it allows me to share my love for Italian and Spanish with eager learners. I strongly believe that a fun and interactive learning environment sparks curiosity and facilitates language acquisition. By incorporating engaging activities, real-life scenarios, and cultural insights, I strive to make each lesson an enriching experience.

Join me on this incredible language journey, where we’ll embark on a joyous exploration of Italian and Spanish. Together, we’ll uncover the beauty of these languages and forge lasting connections through the power of communication.
I can’t wait to meet you and begin this exciting linguistic adventure together!

Mavra Grimonprez

French Teacher

I was born in a family of happy, gifted teachers and grew up with the firm certainty I would never become one myself… Yet life proved me very, very wrong! Teaching has been my main activity for over 10 years; And it is the most fulfilling, satisfying job I could wish for!

I have a marine and plant biology background and worked as a research assistant as well as a university tutor for some time. I teach Yoga and Dance as my main and passionate trade. I started teaching French in Austria, as a language assistant as well as privately. 

Since then, I have never stopped teaching my mother tongue to enthusiastic foreign students.

Teaching French allows me to stay attuned to contemporary France. It gives me the opportunity to refine my knowledge and understanding of the heart and soul of my own society and cultural heritage. 

I practice holistic teaching: my French classes often include Yoga stretches and breathing techniques, as well as some basic Meditation exercises. This is how students stay physically and emotionally balanced, while working their brains out.

I also love talking about French culture and ways. I always do my best to show students the overarching logic behind grammar and syntax: to help them developing a “language mindset” applicable to other languages, including their own.

I strongly believe that a lifelong passion for learning is a capital key to keep you happy, young- hearted and open-minded. This is why I love my work.

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Jessica Silva

English/Spanish Translator and Teacher

¡Hola! I am Jessica Silva Magra. I was born in Argentina, the country of mate, barbecue and best football, of course ha ha. I have a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish Translation from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, and a Diploma in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Universidad de Cervantes, Spain.

I am a passionate professional who loves to swim into the different linguistic rivers, I love teaching my mother tongue and showing my students the beauty of the Hispanic world.

Hobbies? I love enjoying good food, watching the sunsets, reading good books, riding my bike, and learning French.

My Spanish lessons are fun, dynamic, entertaining, and communicative, and I am sure you will have a good time learning while we work together to achieve your goals. My classes are memorable since you will always end up learning something new and with a big smile.

¡Manos a la obra!

Ester Mariano

Italian Teacher

Hi there!

I am Ester and Rome is my beautiful city.

I had the privilege of living and breathing the atmosphere of a city rich in history and millenary culture, which has nourished my curiosity towards other cultures.

I have been teaching Italian in Perth for about 4 years now and the Multicultural Language Centre is like my second home.

I started studying languages from the age of 14, deepening the study of classical Greek and Latin and related literature for 5 years. At the same age, I was also learning English. I finally graduated at Liceo Classico, a school of excellence for Italian studies.

I accomplished a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Foreign Languages and Literature at the University La Sapienza of Rome, where I studied Russian and Bulgarian languages.

More recently, I completed my studies as a teacher of Italian as a second language.

I lived for two years in Russia and travelled around Europe. In 2014, I moved to Perth.

I find it wonderful to be able to share my passion for my own language and culture with my students.
As a teacher, I hope to convey my enthusiasm to them, so that they can use their knowledge to actively communicate in Italian, and better understand Italy and Italianity.

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Raphael Wilkens

French Teacher

Hi everyone, my name is Raphael and I am a dual citizen Australian/French. I grew up in France, in the countryside of Brittany. Since my childhood, I had the privilege to learn both, French and English, as my parents use to speak these languages…

at home. I was also fortunate to be bathed in the traditional French culture surrounded by beautiful buildings, history, literature, and delicious local food.

I graduated in Video Production Engineering in 2009 in the city of Reims, before moving to Perth for extensive career opportunities. I am now proud to be part of the Multicultural Language Centre’s team.


I consider each of my French teaching sessions as an opportunity to create a positive experience for my students. I’m glad to be able to transmit what is important in my eyes, a beautiful culturally rich language that has been recognised
internationally for centuries.


I take every student seriously and I work hard to ensure that no one gets left behind in class. I’m looking forward to meeting you in the next French course, so we can have an amazing time together while you learn this beautiful language and meet great people along the way.

Elisa Spina

Italian Teacher

I was born in Palermo, Sicily, in 1983 in a big traditional Italian family. In 2006, I completed my degree with honors at Palermo University as Cultural Educator, and later, in Ragusa, I finished my studies in Languages and Oriental Culture.

During this time, I realised how much I loved studying languages and Culture and decided to follow the path of becoming a teacher of Italian as a Second Language and work internationally.


In 2007 I obtained these qualifications and a few years later, I completed my Masters in “Progettazione avanzata dell’insegnamento della lingua Italiana” at the University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice.

I love travelling and living in different cultural and linguistic environments. I lived in Egypt, Russia, England, and Italy, where I had the opportunity to approach different teaching methods.


Since April 2021, I have been living in Perth with my daughters and my husband, and I am very happy to work at the Multicultural Language Centre and to share my passion for the Italian language and culture with my students.

Elisa Michelini

Italian Teacher

Ciao! My name is Elisa.

I was born and raised in Italy in a little country town in the province of Mantova.
Since I was a teenager, I developed a passion for travelling and learning languages, and during my high school and university years, I studied English, French, German, and Spanish.
I hold a BA in Linguistic Mediation from the University of Trento (Italy) and a MA in Translation Studies from The University of Western Australia. I have been teaching Italian as a foreign language for over 5 years now.
I look forward to meeting you in class and taking you on a journey to learn the beautiful Italian language and culture!

Ciao! My name is Elisa.

I was born and raised in Italy in a little country town in the province of Mantova.

Since I was a teenager, I developed a passion for travelling and learning languages, and during my high school and university years I studied English, French, German and Spanish.

I hold a BA in Linguistic Mediation from the University of Trento (Italy) and a MA in Translation Studies from The University of Western Australia. I have been teaching Italian as as foreign language for over 5 years now.

I look forward to meeting you in class and taking you on a journey to learn the beautiful Italian language and culture!

I’m also attaching a photo below (I hope black & white is ok).

Sara Napolitano

Italian Teacher

Ciao! My name is Sara, and I was born and raised in a small city close to Milan where I studied Linguistics and Cultural Mediation. Here, I had the opportunity to study English, Spanish and to deepen my knowledge of the Italian language.

I moved to Western Australia in 2014, and I started teaching Italian to adults who wanted to travel to Italy. After a couple of years, I started running classes at the MultiCultural Language Centre where I had the opportunity to broaden my teaching skills and build relationships with my students.

I am really passionate about teaching my students how to put the grammar rules into practice and to speak. Seeing them interacting with each other in Italian and achieving their learning goals makes me extremely happy.

Giulia Ferraro

Italian Teacher

My name is Giulia Ferraro, I am a native Italian speaker and a qualified teacher. I was born in Tuscany but I lived in many Italian cities. My biggest passions are linguistics and learning languages because they offer..

different ways of seeing the world! I also love reading and my favourite Italian writers are Italo Calvino and Natalia Ginzburg.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Linguistic Mediation, a Master’s degree in Modern Languages, and a Master’s in Marketing for “Made in Italy”.

I took part in international cultural projects that brought me to study at universities in different countries. I received the Academic Excellence Award twice, and I have received the Professional Accreditation in Italy.

Before moving to Australia, I taught Italian as a second language to migrants in Italy. I hold the teacher’s registration in Western Australia, and since my arrival in this country, I have been teaching Italian in public schools, and I have collaborated with the WAATI – Western Australian Association of Teachers of Italian. My classes are practical, interactive, and with a focus on culture. I look forward to sharing my passion for the Italian language and culture with you at the Multicultural Language Centre!

Lorenzo Colombaretti

Italian Teacher

Ciao! I am Lorenzo and I was born and raised in Italy where I lived for 28 years before deciding to explore other countries.

I graduated in Physiotherapy and I’m currently about to complete my studies as a teacher. In my free time I love writing, reading and listening to music. I also like art and history and I am always looking for new emotions, and this is the reason why I love poetry.

I will be so glad to be your Italian teacher and I hope to convey to you the love that I feel for my language and culture.

“Learn a new language and you will have a new soul.”
(Proverb)

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