Meet The Team

Faïza ARIECH – Managing Director & Founder of TLC

Originally from Paris but adopted Geordie since 1987. My studies have taken me around the world and I hold a Franco-American equivalent to an MPhil in Anthropology & Languages. I worked in Academia (local Universities) for 25 years and in Business too.

I started my first business as a promoter in the Music Industry aged 15 and was lucky over the years, to have worked with some of my heroes.
I was a University Senior Lecturer in charge of The Languages Programme for NECLL (North East Centre for Lifelong Learning) until its closure in 2013. At that time, with the help of staff and students, I started The Language Centre as a CIC as I believe in working IN the community and FOR the community.

I am a Trustee of various charitable organisations here and abroad





Trustees: Cllr David Faulkner and Colin Stainton


Meet some of our tutors

Danka Kudlacik is a Polish language teacher at The Language Centre, (and formerly the North East Centre for Lifelong Learning), a graduate of the Language and Literature Faculty at Jagiellonian University in Krakow (the oldest University in Poland), the editor of the Polish Community Magazine ‘2B North East’ and the organiser of the annual ‘Made in Poland’ festival, which promotes Polish culture in the North East of England. She plays capoeira, and is a climber, cyclist and traveller and is always keen on experiencing something new.

‘One of the reasons I love to teach Polish language is seeing my students progress from being total beginners to becoming fluent in Polish. Along the way I also love to share Polish culture which enriches my students’ learning experience. Whether you have a Polish partner, want to explore your Polish roots or are travelling to Poland for business or pleasure, I provide a language course to suit all abilities. I’m passionate about teaching Polish and I look forward to welcoming you to my class.’

“My name is Serena Calgari, one of TLC French teachers. I was born and brought up near Paris, but moved with my family to the South-West of France at the age of 15. I passed the Baccalauréat diploma – which is equivalent to an A-level qualification – in literature, with upper second class honours at the age of 18. In 2010 I returned to Paris to study at the Institute of Technology of Paris Descartes and completed a Degree in Information and Communication. In September 2010 I came to Newcastle as part of the Erasmus program. I studied for 4 months in the Computing, Engineering and Information Science Department at Northumbria University, and then began a work placement at Newcastle City Library which lasted from January to April 2011. After my placement finished I returned to France and completed my degree in Librarianship.

I started teaching one class at TLC in late 2014 and I am now in charge of 3 wonderful groups.