Irene Ottonello

Irene Ottonello
Teacher of Italian

Ciao! My name is Irene and I have recently moved to Bristol. I come from Genova, a fascinating town situated in the North-West of Italy. I obtained my MA in Art History at the University of Genova, then  I studied at the University for Foreigners of Siena where I got a Master in Italian Teaching for Foreigners. I have worked as an Italian teacher for foreigners since 2010 in Italy and in the United States at the Italian Institute of Culture of San Francisco. I consider teaching Italian language as a great opportunity to share my beautiful culture with other people and during my lessons my goal is not only to educate but also to inspire students’ interactions and curiosity through modern teaching. I strongly believe in teamwork and in the power of a positive and enjoyable learning environment.I have a great passion for literature, art, cooking and yoga and I am firmly convinced that Beauty, in its various forms, will save the world, as Dostoevskij said.

Meet our staff

Agnieszka Władimirow
Teacher of Polish
Ali Bougatef
Teacher of Arabic
Amanda Richardson
IELTS Administrator
Antje Hoffmann
Teacher of German
Antonella Abatilli
Teacher of Spanish
Belén Lajarin
Teacher of Spanish
Catherine Cinca-Edwards
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Charlie Marshall
Teacher of English
Crystal Cheng
Teacher of Mandarin
Dr Val Hennessy
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Eleanor West
Teacher of Welsh
Gina Robinson
Teacher of English
Irene Ottonello
Teacher of Italian
Joe O’Hagan
Assistant Director of Studies
Joyce Zhou
Teacher of Mandarin Chinese
Kei Yamauchi Forsythe
Teacher of Japanese
Liliya Sadek
Teacher of Russian
Liz Bowden
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Lucy Picher-Regaire
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Magali Vidal
Teacher of French
Marcel Jansen
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Marina Ossovskaya
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Mark Stephens
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Maurizio Capone
Teacher of Italian
Mireya Sevillano
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Helen Herrera
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Nicky Yeeles
Teacher of English
Pete Gibson
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Richard Clare
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Sally German
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Stef Ficuciello
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Stefanie Weller
Teacher of German
Véronique Morgan
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Yaelle Hartley
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Yuri Takemura
Teacher of Japanese