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About Us

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Mission

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Philosophy

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About Us

Established in April 2007, The Institute of Foreign Language and Culture, popularly known as “IFLAC” among its alumni, is a growing language institute that offers professional courses in various foreign languages, namely – Spanish, German, Italian, French, Portuguese and Mandarin. IFLAC adheres to international standards in the field of academics and promotes various cultures through fun, interactive experiences. IFLAC’s mission is to provide students and clients with the opportunity to broaden their scope for communication through foreign language learning, by providing resources, training and opportunities for personal and professional development.
Chinese and Japanese

Amy Clarke

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Founder & Managing Trustee

Umita A Melwani

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Co-Founder & Head of IFLaC Junior

Sandy Mirpuri

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Our Team

Umita A Melwani

FOUNDER & MANAGING TRUSTEE

Ms Umita Melwani, having grown up with and around Spanish Speaking people, her tryst with the Spanish Language paved the way towards sharing her love for Languages, through the Institute. She is an alumnus of Mount Carmel College, and has completed her Diploma Superior in Business Spanish from University of Álcala and the Chamber of Commerce, Madrid. Her experience of learning and teaching languages has taken her a long way in bringing the Institute to where it stands, today!

PRABHA IYCHETTIRA

Hola! Soy Prabha Iychettira!
Resident of Bangalore, has a flair for learning understanding and speaking languages and she is proficient in speaking Hindi, Kannada, English and Spanish. Being dedicated towards teaching she makes her classes innovative and fun. She has taught students of various ages and backgrounds with same vibrant spirit. Her ability to comprehend and correlate different languages has led her to design the curriculum at our institute, and its compatibility with our students keeping in mind the international curriculum.

PRABHA IYCHETTIRA

Hola! Soy Prabha Iychettira!
Resident of Bangalore, has a flair for learning understanding and speaking languages and she is proficient in speaking Hindi, Kannada, English and Spanish. Being dedicated towards teaching she makes her classes innovative and fun. She has taught students of various ages and backgrounds with same vibrant spirit. Her ability to comprehend and correlate different languages has led her to design the curriculum at our institute, and its compatibility with our students keeping in mind the international curriculum.

Trainers

DAVID CORTÉS GARCIA

Hola! Me llamo David Cortés Garcia!
Native of Spain, he was born in Caceres, Spain. He has completed a double B.A. in Tourism and Language & Linguistics. After having completed his Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, his passion led him on a journey to France, Poland, U.K., Israel, Tunisia and China. He
has taught and learnt in these countries, which has given him a better understanding about different cultures across the globe. He wishes to do the same here, by learning about the Indian culture and teaching the Spanish language and culture as well.

DAVID CORTÉS GARCIA

Hola! Me llamo David Cortés Garcia!
Native of Spain, he was born in Caceres, Spain. He has completed a double B.A. in Tourism and Language & Linguistics. After having completed his Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, his passion led him on a journey to France, Poland, U.K., Israel, Tunisia and China. He
has taught and learnt in these countries, which has given him a better understanding about different cultures across the globe. He wishes to do the same here, by learning about the Indian culture and teaching the Spanish language and culture as well.

VALENTIN JEAN MELCHIOR

Halo! Je suis Valentin Melchior!
An Artist with flair for languages he comes from Le Mans, a city in the North West of France. He has done his Masters in Fine Arts, he is also into audio visual arts, though he prefers paintings which he practices on walls and canvases. Along with his painting his passion for understanding and knowing different cultures here. He is very keen on learning Kannada and Hindi while imparting lessons in French language to understand our culture. He also is an ardent traveler.

VALENTIN JEAN MELCHIOR

Halo! Je suis Valentin Melchior!
An Artist with flair for languages he comes from Le Mans, a city in the North West of France. He has done his Masters in Fine Arts, he is also into audio visual arts, though he prefers paintings which he practices on walls and canvases. Along with his painting his passion for understanding and knowing different cultures here. He is very keen on learning Kannada and Hindi while imparting lessons in French language to understand our culture. He also is an ardent traveler.

ANNA PAULA

Ola! Eu sou Anna!
The land of the coffee, samba and football gives us Anna Paula. Working in a museum that hosts Cultural Events for foreign visitors helped her to transmit her love for her native land to the foreign visitors. Now in India, her adopted land, she brings a host of experiences from Brazil enabling the students to easily embrace the language and the culture of the Portuguese speaking world.
Her simplicity is personified by her ability to sympathize beyond language barrier and help the student to learn the language of one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

HUEITZU YANG

Nín hao! Wo shì Hueitzu !
With the experience of international educational programs in India, Nepal, Cambodia, China ad Taiwan she has been managing and conducting workshops for various nationals in last decade. She develops syllabuses and course modules of HSK I, II and III. The ancient Indian culture has
been a huge attraction to her bringing her to settle in Bangalore and enjoy the company of amiable language lovers.

HUEITZU YANG

Nín hao! Wo shì Hueitzu !
With the experience of international educational programs in India, Nepal, Cambodia, China ad Taiwan she has been managing and conducting workshops for various nationals in last decade. She develops syllabuses and course modules of HSK I, II and III. The ancient Indian culture has
been a huge attraction to her bringing her to settle in Bangalore and enjoy the company of amiable language lovers.

FRANCESCO ANTONIO VITIELLO

Buon giorno! Mi chiamo Francesco Antonio Vitiello.
Born and brought up in Napoli, Italy, he knows Italian, English and Español. Being passionate about language and culture, he has done his B.A. in Foreign Language and Culture and Masters in International Relations and Cultural Studies. He is in India now and wishes to explore the different traditions, cultures and food that India has to offer. He loves reading, especially about news and current affairs.

DEBORAH EVANGELINE M E

Halo! Je suis Deborah Evangeline!
She initially began learning French out of boredom on the weekends in Alliance Française de Bangalore. A post-graduate in Botany from St.Josephs college Bangalore, she has always been interested in teaching but never realised that it would be a foreign language. One fine day she decided to bid adieu to her corporate career of 2 years and pursue her interest in the French language. Ever since she has committed all her time in doing so. Her passion for learning and teaching languages surpasses every other interest. Furthermore, she plans on learning Spanish to deepen her roots in linguistic knowledge. Interacting closely with students from different backgrounds makes teaching a language to be an infinitely enriching experience.

DEBORAH EVANGELINE M E

Halo! Je suis Deborah Evangeline!
She initially began learning French out of boredom on the weekends in Alliance Française de Bangalore. A post-graduate in Botany from St.Josephs college Bangalore, she has always been interested in teaching but never realised that it would be a foreign language. One fine day she decided to bid adieu to her corporate career of 2 years and pursue her interest in the French language. Ever since she has committed all her time in doing so. Her passion for learning and teaching languages surpasses every other interest. Furthermore, she plans on learning Spanish to deepen her roots in linguistic knowledge. Interacting closely with students from different backgrounds makes teaching a language to be an infinitely enriching experience.

VISHAL NAINANI

Hola! Me llamo Vishal Nainani.
From Las Palmas, he is Spanish of Indian origin. He knows English, Hindi and Spanish .He teaches Spanish as it keeps him connected with Spain and its culture. It also makes him feel nostalgic about his childhood. He is passionate about football and music. Being familiar with both Spanish and Hindi language it gives him an edge to understanding and teaching Spanish.

SIMRAN ACHPAL

Hola! Soy Simran Achpal!
Simran is a culture enthusiast with a bucket list that includes about 60 countries. She began her journey in Spanish when she watched a Cuban film and fell in love with the language. She officially started her A1 diploma in IFLac in April 2015. and her love for the language has not deteriorate ever since. She began teaching in June 2016 and absolutely enjoys it. She loves including activities, games and videos in her classes to make her students love Spanish as much as she does. She especially loves teaching kids. As a graduate of Journalism she has found that learning and teaching a language opens up ones mind like no other experience. Moreover, languages helps a person reach out to a far larger demographic and that’s one step closer to
world domination! Double Bonus!

SIMRAN ACHPAL

Hola! Soy Simran Achpal!
Simran is a culture enthusiast with a bucket list that includes about 60 countries. She began her journey in Spanish when she watched a Cuban film and fell in love with the language. She officially started her A1 diploma in IFLac in April 2015. and her love for the language has not deteriorate ever since. She began teaching in June 2016 and absolutely enjoys it. She loves including activities, games and videos in her classes to make her students love Spanish as much as she does. She especially loves teaching kids. As a graduate of Journalism she has found that learning and teaching a language opens up ones mind like no other experience. Moreover, languages helps a person reach out to a far larger demographic and that’s one step closer to
world domination! Double Bonus!

SHILPA REDDY

Hola! Soy Shilpa Reddyl!
Being an intelligent Banglorean girl Shilpa pursued her studies in Computer Science and eventually settled in USA with job. After few years she decided to move back to her country. Once back in her country she felt she should try something new with her career. During the thinking process of her career she joined IFLaC as a student to learn Spanish. Little did she knew that teaching Spanish would be her true calling. After completing her degree she started teaching Spanish at IFLaC as a hobby, but soon due to overwhelming student demand she became a full-fledged teacher and now she is a happy member of our IFLaC family.

SAGAR R GANGWANI

Hola! Me llamo Sagar Gangwani!
Although a top ranker commerce graduate, his true love is engaging himself with understanding different languages, a true polyglot. Other than the usual array of languages like Hindi, Kannada, Sindhi English he is proficient in Spanish and French too. He wishes to pursue German language. He has the ability to hold his student’s undivided attention all throughout the classes. His teaching does not end within just the four walls of the classroom, he is ever teaching learning languages. He helpful and amiable attitude wins hearts over! He is a delight to be with.

SAGAR R GANGWANI

Hola! Me llamo Sagar Gangwani!
Although a top ranker commerce graduate, his true love is engaging himself with understanding different languages, a true polyglot. Other than the usual array of languages like Hindi, Kannada, Sindhi English he is proficient in Spanish and French too. He wishes to pursue German language. He has the ability to hold his student’s undivided attention all throughout the classes. His teaching does not end within just the four walls of the classroom, he is ever teaching learning languages. He helpful and amiable attitude wins hearts over! He is a delight to be with.

INGEGERD MINOCHER LINDBERG

Hej. Jag heter Ingegerd Minocher Lindberg!
Ingegerd is a Swede by birth who has strong feelings for India. After completing her Masters in …… from Uppsala University in Sweden she has been working and living in India since 1991. She moved back to Sweden after a few years and was teaching Swedish to immigrants and Swedish as a second language at the prestigious international boarding school SSHL in Sweden. But her feelings for India were too strong to tie her there, eventually she returned back to Bangalore, India. Now she is tied up with us to teach Swedish to those who are interested in this beautiful language and people of the world.

PRAVEEN KUMAR GRANDHI

Halo! Ich heiβe Praveen Grandhi!
He always had an interest towards languages. He is fluent in English, German Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Tamil. After mastering , a few of the Indian languages he started with German language then he moved on to learning Russian. After working in the banking sector for quite sometime he decided on a career change. Armed with a certificate from the Goethe Institute, now he is dedicated to German and now a part of our IFLaC team teaching German to our students.

PRAVEEN KUMAR GRANDHI

Halo! Ich heiβe Praveen Grandhi!
He always had an interest towards languages. He is fluent in English, German Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Tamil. After mastering , a few of the Indian languages he started with German language then he moved on to learning Russian. After working in the banking sector for quite sometime he decided on a career change. Armed with a certificate from the Goethe Institute, now he is dedicated to German and now a part of our IFLaC team teaching
German to our students.

HASEEBA AZEEM

Halo! Ich heiβe Haseeba Azeem!
Born in India , raised in Germany, she completed her studies and attended finishing school in Germany . She is a bilingual as both German and Urdu are her native languages and she considers herself lucky having spent many years growing up in two different but rich cultures.
She has majored in Clinical Psychology and has garnered over twelve years of experience in German language movie dubbing, movie editing and subtitling. Apart from this she has over 14 year of experience teaching German language and imparting her knowledge about the
German culture to corporate employees, college students and kids.

ROSHNI BANERJEE

COMMUNITY MANAGER

Nomoskar aami Roshni!
Born and brought up in Kolkata, Roshni was fluent in Bengali, English and Hindi. Her zest for learning languages lead her to learn French as well. A few years ago, Roshni found her way to IFLAC and learnt German, Spanish and Italian! The enthusiasm with which she learns and interacts with everyone here is remarkable for a woman her age. She is a true example of how age is never a barrier to accomplishing what you wish to.

ROSHNI BANERJEE

COMMUNITY MANAGER

Nomoskar aami Roshni!
Born and brought up in Kolkata, Roshni was fluent in Bengali, English and Hindi. Her zest for learning languages lead her to learn French as well. A few years ago, Roshni found her way to IFLAC and learnt German, Spanish and Italian! The enthusiasm with which she learns and interacts with everyone here is remarkable for a woman her age. She is a true example of how age is never a barrier to accomplishing what you wish to.

PRATHIMA SHIVRAJ

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Nanna hesaru Prathima Shivaraj!
After having worked in the corporate sector she wanted some change in her career. That is how we found a new member in our little family of IFLaC in 2015. She was a professional, and immediately took over our operations smoothly. She, not only leads and counsels the students about their choice of language which suits their choice of studies and career but also counsels the colleagues, with such calmness and enthusiasm, that it is a blessing to
have her around. Being a Bangalorean and having a work experience of 15 years in finance, administration, human resources, has helped her to handle the operations of our institute effortlessly.

JHALAK BOHARA

Namaste! Mera naam Jhalak !
He is from Nepal. Came to India in search of job. Although he was appointed as a office boy, now he is an integral part of our IFLaC family. He not only takes care of our tiffin and coffee needs but also takes care of our office supplies keeping everyone’s life simple. When no is around he attends to the phone takes messages.

JHALAK BOHARA

Namaste! Mera naam Jhalak !
He is from Nepal. Came to India in search of job. Although he was appointed as a office boy, now he is an integral part of our IFLaC family. He not only takes care of our tiffin and coffee needs but also takes care of our office supplies keeping everyone’s life simple. When no is around he attends to the phone takes messages.

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