Ambarabà offers Italian and Spanish language courses for the whole family. Our after school programs rely on a playful teaching approach to provide an interactive and fun way to improve your child's language skills. We also offer tailor-made courses for adults focusing on functional language use and cultural awareness. All courses are designed with small study groups to ensure students are provided with individual attention.
We see language awareness and intercultural sensitivity as the milestones for an inclusive and egalitarian society.
We believe that multilingualism is a personally and culturally enriching skill and a highly valuable asset for the active participation of the individual in social development.
We aspire for our students to achieve a high level of language proficiency and cultural awareness in the Italian/Spanish language and that they will use it throughout their lives.
Meet the Team
Ambarabà teachers are qualified, native-level speakers and they all hold a Masters Degree Linguistics and/or Humanities. All staff members are DBS checked.
Founder & Language Teacher
Ciao! I am Carmen, originally from Tuscany (Italy). I founded Ambarabà in 2016, aiming to support the second-generation language maintenance of the Italian and Spanish speaking communities in South London. Today, teaching to heritage-language learners is my passion and Ambarabà’s main goal.
During my academic studies in Educational Linguistics (Didattica dell'Italiano) at Università per Stranieri di Siena, I had the chance to teach at the Italian Institute of Culture of Damascus and when I relocated to Istanbul, I started teaching to young learners and discovered my passion for primary education and second language acquisition.
In 2013, I moved to London to complete a Masters in Jewish Studies. Since then, I have collaborated with various charities focusing on education and interfaith until my enthusiasm for teaching led me back to schools and so… this new adventure began!
Spanish Language Teacher
¡Hola a todos! I am Clara, from the beautiful city of Córdoba, in the south of Spain. As a Spanish teacher, I feel passionate about Spanish language and culture. Apart from my studies in humanities and anthropology, I have a formal education in “Teaching Spanish as a foreign language” and “Teaching Spanish as a new language to migrants”.
In my lessons, I follow the Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) approach to allow the students to develop communicative abilities during the lessons and in their daily life too. I believe that grammar and vocabulary are the foundation of the learning process, but the first step to learning a new language is to overcome shyness, so I always try to create a relaxed and positive atmosphere in the classroom.
In addition, I love creating new materials and activities based on the students learning attitude, to better support them. In my spare time I like swimming and eating tapas, of course!
Italian Language Teacher
Ciao a tutti! I’m Tiziano and I come from Rome. After completing my studies in “Modern Foreign Languages & Literature” at Università Degli Studi Roma Tre, I started teaching English and Italian as foreign languages in Estonia, Turkey and now England.
In 2017, I trained to teach Italian as a second language and now I teach second-generation Italian kids and teenagers in London. I really enjoy teaching and I love to see my students’ passion being rewarded.
I moved to London to pursue my teaching career and also to improve my skills as a stand-up comedian. Indeed, in my spare time, you will find me preparing or performing gigs. And this double career path led me to perform sometimes in Italian in the UK, and in English in Italy. There is no better way to celebrate multilingualism than laughing with it!
Italian Language Teacher
Ciao! My name is Sara and I am from Bergamo, a city in the North of Italy. I hold a Master of Education from the University of Milano-Bicocca, and alongside my studies, I did 4 years of internships and supply teaching in Italy, and six months of teaching training in Belgium.
In 2017, I moved to the UK where I obtained my QTS to teach in primary and secondary schools and completed my training in teaching languages with a focus on Italian as a Community Language.
Thanks to my international experiences in education, I understand the importance of awakening in my students the passion for knowledge and stimulating their curiosity by creating an enjoyable learning environment. In fact, I always try to combine my lessons with my passions, bringing to the classroom a bit of music, handicraft and, absolutely, the Italian cuisine!
Italian Dance Teacher
Ciao a tutti! My name is Patrizia and I am a qualified dance teacher with an affluent background in the dance world that spans 20 years as a professional ballerina, jazz, contemporary and modern dancer for stage and television in Italy.
I am trained in the Vaganova technique and worked as national competition coach, choreographer and stage director, and collaborated with the Accademia di Danza in Vercelli and in Novara and IALS Dance School of Milan. I later chose to broaden my international teaching skills with RAD, ISTD and IDTA affiliation which brought me to London two years ago.
I have an in-depth knowledge of the human body and bio-mechanics necessary for superior teaching and my encouraging and enthusiastic nature allow my students to gain self-confidence while learning. Professionalism, technique and a great passion for dance are my strength.
MFL and SEN Collaborator
Salut! I am Marcella and I am from Macerata, a city in the centre of Italy where I completed my first MA in "Euro‑American Languages and Literature". After my Masters in "Teaching Italian to Foreigners", I worked as a teacher for a charity in Marche, and at Salford University when I moved to the UK.
Due to my mixed background, I believe that anyone has the ability to master a foreign language, especially if starting at a very young age. In the playgroups with infants and toddlers, I use songs and rhymes based on the Total Physical Response method to allow them to familiarise themselves with the new language in a fun and effortless way.
In my spare time, I like reading, listening to music and going out with friends, spotting new places in London and eating Neapolitan Pizza.
There are no available positions at the moment
If you are an experienced language teacher and you are based in Balham (or surrounding areas), feel free to submit a spontaneous application. Please, don't forget to include a cover letter and to tell us why you would like to join the Ambarabà team.