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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!.

Elaine Wu - Chinese (Mandarin) Teacher

Elaine came to Euroasia equipped with both a Chinese degree in English education and a master's in adult and higher education from the University of Auckland. She has now been engaged in language teaching and research for over ten years, and has real enthusiasm for language teaching and learning. At her previous teaching role in China, Elaine won a prestigious teaching excellence award.

She employs both communicative and task-based language teaching techniques to motivate learners’ interest in Chinese language and culture, and enjoys sharing her culture through class discussions and activities such as dining out in Chinese restaurants! She has been teaching Chinese at Euroasia since 2007.

Takako Fujiwara - Japanese Teacher

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. Here in New Zealand, she has previously taught at Auckland secondary schools. Takako is well-liked by students, and is known for going the extra mile.

Enthusiastic about languages, Takako went back to university to complete a BA in Spanish as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Auckland. She has been teaching at Euroasia since 2007.

Anelita Casquel - Portuguese Teacher

Anelita has degrees from her native Brazil in both Administration and Portuguese language with specialisation in Linguistics (University of Brasília, BR). She has had substantial work experience in Brazil, both in Management and Administration, and in teaching Portuguese. Since coming to New Zealand in 2008, she has devoted more time to teaching Portuguese, which she enjoys enormously!

Anelita has the warm and vivacious manner which you would expect of a Brazilian, and really engages with students. She is also really enthusiastic about her native culture, and gives students a lot of insights into life in Brazil. Anelita loves swimming, travelling and Brazilian food. She has been teaching at Euroasia since 2008.

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 

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.

Dora Li - Mandarin teacher

Dora Li has a MA in Russian language and literature and a doctorate in Russian language with specialisation in translation from China. She has work experience in  Volgograd State Pedagogical University in Russia  and in teaching Chinese Mandarin for Russian students participating in the Chinese bridge Summer Camp in China in 2016. She likes creating daily situations and role playing dialogues in the class to make students do more practice and motivate their learning. Dora is  an Affiliate Member of NZSTI (NewZealand Society of Translators and Interpreters Incorporated)  from Russian to Chinese. 

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.

What our students say
  • “Since attending classes at Euroasia my Mandarin has improved a lot. I can talk about a lot of different things now and I can understand more than I could before. Thank you.”

    Rachel Booth
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