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Euroasia Auckland branch staff

Our teaching staff come from many different countries and many walks of life.

Our teachers typically fit the following profile: native speaker of the target language; very good English; tertiary-level qualification; teaching qualification; relevant teaching experience. However, more important than any of these are a real interest in language and in language teaching, plus the ability to stimulate enthusiasm for their own language and culture. Here are some of the people who fit the bill!.

Takako Fujiwara - Manager

  Takako has a BA in international relations from Japan, but she had already moved into the language teaching business before she came to New Zealand: she was a manager for English conversation schools in Tokyo. As a New Zealand-trained teacher, Takako understands the needs of New Zealanders, and is usually the first staff member you deal with at Euroasia. Takako is well-liked by our clients, and is known for going the extra mile.

Enthusiastic about languages, Takako holds a BA in Spanish as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Auckland. Takako has been with Euroasia since 2007. 

Sergio Alvarez - Spanish and Portuguese Teacher

Sergio is a part Brazilian, born in Argentina, and grown up in Bolivia where he’s qualified as an English teacher. He has taught Spanish, Portuguese, and English over 10 years to over 1000 students across different levels and age groups.

Sergio tailors his teaching methods to suit his students’ learning style. Together with traditional written and oral teaching techniques​,​ he brings dynamic and effective ideas to the learning environment using audio and video aids, role-playing, and real-life scenario tests to inspire and motivate students' learning. 


Mitsuko Gale - Japanese Teacher

Since she arrived in NZ, she has had the opportunity to work in various fields including NZ Tourism Industry, Airlines and an organization for overseas language study programmes.  Having been inspired by a career in teaching later in her life, she studied at University of Auckland to gain both a BA in Spanish and a Post-graduate Diploma in Teaching in Secondary.  She has taught Japanese language at a local high school and continues to teach different audiences at Euroasia and thoroughly enjoys what she does. 

Mitsuko also has certificates in Liaison Interpreting and in Legal Interpreting (AUT), and she is an Affiliate Member of NZSTI (New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters Incorporated).

Namwoo Lee - Korean teacher

  Namwoo moved to NZ in 2002 from Korea.  He completed a BA in Linguistics and Language teaching, as well as a MA in Translation Studies at University of Auckland. He has been a full member of  NZSTI (New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters Incorporated) since 2013. 

Namwoo has been teaching Korean at several local schools in Auckland, and he is passionate about sharing Korean language and culture with his students.  He loves travelling and playing table tennis. 

Dora Li - Mandarin teacher
I have a MA in Russian language and literature and a doctorate in Russian language with specialisation in translation from China. I had work experience in Confucius Institute of Volgograd State Pedagogical University in Russia during 2015-2016 and in teaching Chinese Mandarin for Russian students participating in the Chinese bridge Summer Camp in China in 2016. I like creating life situations and role playing dialogues in the class to make students do more practice and motivate their learning. 

I’m an Affiliate Member of NZSTI from Russian to Chinese (New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters Incorporated).