About Us

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Mission

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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.
Founder & Managing Trustee

Umita A Melwani

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Head of Studies

Isabel Doña Ponce

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Chinese and Japanese

Amy Clarke

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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!

Sandy Mirpuri

CO-FOUNDER & HEAD OF IFLAC JUNIOR

An absolute personification of ‘multi-culturalism’, Sandy Mirpuri was born and brought up speaking Cantonese. Her interest and thirst for learning languages gave her opportunities to learn languages like Bahasa, Italian and French. Her evident passion or Languages served as motivation to co-found the Institute and continue sharing her knowledge of the various languages. She completed her college in John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.

Sandy Mirpuri

CO-FOUNDER & HEAD OF IFLAC JUNIOR

An absolute personification of ‘multi-culturalism’, Sandy Mirpuri was born and brought up speaking Cantonese. Her interest and thirst for learning languages gave her opportunities to learn languages like Bahasa, Italian and French. Her evident passion or Languages served as motivation to co-found the Institute and continue sharing her knowledge of the various languages. She completed her college in John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.

Isabel Doña Ponce

HEAD OF STUDIES

Born in Jaen, Spain, Isabel is a young and enthusiastic Language Trainer. Having lived in Nuremberg and Frankfurt, Germany and Vorarlberg in Austria, for four years, she also speaks German, Italian and English. She has an abundance of experience of teaching in Granada, Berlin, Vorarlberg and India. She has completed her Masters in Translation & Interpretation and Communication from the University of Granada in Spain and the Viadrina – European University in Germany, respectively. She heads the Studies and makes sure that Trainers follow International Standards of Linguistic Pedagogy.

Sagar R Gangwani

OPERATIONS MANAGER

An ardent language learner and culture enthusiast, Sagar is the youngest member of the IFLaC Team. Apart from being fluent in many Indian Languages, he also speaks French, Spanish and a small bit of German! He has furthered his tryst with language learning through all his travel endeavours and his enthusiasm to spread his knowledge of the languages is what drives him towards teaching French at the Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s in Commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce and has completed a semester at ESDES, the Catholic University in Lyon, France.

Sagar R Gangwani

OPERATIONS MANAGER

An ardent language learner and culture enthusiast, Sagar is the youngest member of the IFLaC Team. Apart from being fluent in many Indian Languages, he also speaks French, Spanish and a small bit of German! He has furthered his tryst with language learning through all his travel endeavours and his enthusiasm to spread his knowledge of the languages is what drives him towards teaching French at the Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s in Commerce from St. Joseph’s College of Commerce and has completed a semester at ESDES, the Catholic University in Lyon, France.

Prabha Lychettira

HEAD OF CURRICULUM DESIGN

Prabha has been a Spanish trainer the last few years but has been a student for 10 years. Prior to this, she had worked in the corporate world for almost 15 years, but one day without a premeditated plan she gave it up and started learning Spanish. Since then, this journey has been fun as learning Spanish has given her a new perspective; and her teaching combines her professionalism with fun and games in class. As she really enjoys meeting new people and finding new ways to teach languages, she designs the Curriculum’s that are apt for the various Courses and languages offered at IFLAC.

Jayashri Ramchandran

GERMAN TRAINER

Having spent 22 years of her life living, working and bringing up her daughter in Germany, Jayashri Ramchandran has had ample opportunities to learn and acquire near-native levels of the knowledge of the language and culture of the country. She has taught at various Corporate Enterprises as well as Language Schools and has been associated with IFLaC since 2013.She has developed several modules and worksheets to supplement the text books while teaching the German language in an effective and systematic manner.

Jayashri Ramchandran

GERMAN TRAINER

Having spent 22 years of her life living, working and bringing up her daughter in Germany, Jayashri Ramchandran has had ample opportunities to learn and acquire near-native levels of the knowledge of the language and culture of the country. She has taught at various Corporate Enterprises as well as Language Schools and has been associated with IFLaC since 2013.She has developed several modules and worksheets to supplement the text books while teaching the German language in an effective and systematic manner.

Anuradha Jagirdar

SPANISH TRAINER

With a bachelor’s degree in micro-biology and her interest in research she had never even imagined that she would learn and teach a foreign language! Spanish came to her as a whim to ward off boredom and little did she know that it would take this turn and she would have a C2 level in the language while still continuing to be on the journey to perfect her skills in the language! She has been extremely interested in teaching and believes that teaching people from all walks of life and of all ages has been very enriching, interesting and challenging.

Srinath Vallia

GERMAN TRAINER

Coming from the family of one of the first ever German Teachers in Chennai, Srinath holds nearly a native level proficiency in German Language. He has lived in Germany for over 8 months while interning and studying the language! His experience includes teaching for over 3 years and as an interpreter for 4 years, he believes that learning a language includes learning about its culture too and that’s what makes his classes interesting.

Srinath Vallia

GERMAN TRAINER

Coming from the family of one of the first ever German Teachers in Chennai, Srinath holds nearly a native level proficiency in German Language. He has lived in Germany for over 8 months while interning and studying the language! His experience includes teaching for over 3 years and as an interpreter for 4 years, he believes that learning a language includes learning about its culture too and that’s what makes his classes interesting.