Learn French with us!

We have 4 sessions per year, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. 

Some classes are all year long like the Cned. 

We offer a friendly and stimulating environment to help you gain confidence in speaking French. All classes are conducted in French with an emphasis on communication. You will learn grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, pronunciation and more, through active participation and conversation.

Our Instructors

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Estela Baptista

Instructor

Of Portuguese origin, Estela was born and raised in France. She also lived in Portugal, where she studied modern Languages and Literature (French and German studies), and where she has taught children, children with special needs, teenagers, and adults. She also worked as the Head of an Adult Education Program for five years and as the Coordinator of a School Library. She has been certified in DELF since December 2020 and in TEF since December 2021.

She moved to the United States in September 2016 and joined the Alliance Française/French Institute in New York in November 2017. She moved to California in August 2021, where she joined the Alliance Française of San Diego.

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Elizabeth Bergman

Instructor

Elisabeth Bergman grew up in Brittany, France, and graduated in French Studies, Linguistics, and Translations at the French Portuguese Institute of Lisbon, Portugal. Elisabeth has taught at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and privately tutored students in the French Language. She has been teaching at Alliance Française San Diego since its opening and is currently the Outreach Director, assisting AFSD alumni in language and cultural development. Elisabeth has a Project Management Certificate (PMP) and is certified in DELF – DALF A1 to C2 from the International Center of Pedagogical Studies of Sèvres, France. She is currently an examiner of the French Evaluation Test of Oral Expression (eTEF) of the Paris-Île-de-France Chamber of Commerce.

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Carrie Blanton

Instructor

Carrie Blanton has taught both English and French as foreign languages and recently relocated to San Diego after completing her master’s degree in Didactique des Langues Étrangères et Tice at the Université Lumière Lyon 2. Fulfilling her dream of living in France, she spent the past four years teaching English to students of all ages in Lyon: first, as an assistante de langue in the TAPIF program, then as a lectrice d’anglais at Université Lyon 2, and finally as an English teacher at Gaming Campus Lyon (a university focused on gaming careers). A passionate Francophile, she is even more enamored with the French language than when she began studying it in the fourth grade and appreciates how every exchange, whether in French, English, or any other language, is ultimately about communication and building connections with those around us.

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Benedicte Bonaventure

Instructor

Bénédicte Bonaventure grew up in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium. She holds a nursing degree with an emphasis in Tropical Medicine and an early childhood and development certificate. She participates to regular workshops by the Association of French Teachers and is certified as an eTEF examinator. She started teaching for the Alliance Française de San Diego at its opening in 2009.

When Benedicte is not teaching, she is drawing and painting or spending time with her husband and their two daughters.

Amélie Chappaz 

Instructor | Educational Director

Amélie Chappaz was born and raised in the French Alps. Previously living in England, she was the school’s headteacher at Les Petits Caméléons for French bilingual children. Amelie has her Baccalauréat L diploma in the humanities from Lycee Mme de Stael – St-Julien-en-Genevois, France. Amélie also obtained a Degree in French as a Foreign Language (DAEFLE) from National Centre for Distance Education (CNED) and Alliance Française of Paris. She was recently nominated as the New Teacher of the Year by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). Amélie is the current Educational Director of the Alliance Française San Diego. She is dedicated to developing the skills and abilities of her pupils so that they have the opportunity to achieve to the best of their potential both in the written and spoken fields of the French language.

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Lili Chow-Cany

Instructor 

My name is Lili, I was born in Hong Kong and raised in Paris and Meaux, where the famous cheese “Brie de Meaux” was created. 

I graduated from the hotel & catering management school Savoie-Léman at Thonon-les Bains in France. In 2005, I moved to New York with my family, where I created French classes for after-school programs. 

I’ve taught French for more than 15 years in New York, Montréal, and San  Diego in public schools and community centers for children and adults. I am specialized in “Ludopédagogie”. It means learning languages through specific social games. It’s engaging and fun, and it forces you to think outside the box. 

Here I am, offering you a new experience to help you learn French without fear of making mistakes. It can be “simple comme bonjour!”= (French expression for simple like  hello) 

I am also pleased to present our special “Learning French through cooking” workshop.  I  will guide you to read French recipes, learn vocabulary, and, of course, we will taste our creations! 

Alors, à très bientôt!

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Frank Finch

Instructor | Educational Coordinator

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Frank Finch has studied French from a young age, both in academic settings and through immersion. He completed his MA in Etudes francophones at Virginia Tech, where he was an instructor of undergraduate French. Frank has also studied at the Université Lille III and recently moved to San Diego from Montréal, QC. He has worked as a legal translator from French to English. As an instructor, he uses a communicative and task-based approach, preparing students for authentic contexts. He is particularly interested in linguistic diversity in the Francophone world. In addition to leading group courses and tutoring one-on-one at the Alliance Française, Frank teaches undergraduate French at the University of San Diego. 

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Garance Gay

Instructor 

Garance was born and raised in Paris. She studied Educational Sciences and Psychology in the city of Nantes, and after she got her diploma, she went back to Paris to learn Japanese and art. She left France to move to Japan in 2008, where she lived and taught French for many years. Since then, she has been teaching French as a foreign language and loves it.
You can find her perfecting dessert recipes or horseback riding when she is not teaching.

À bientôt !

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Layla Ghalié

Instructor 

Layla Ghalié always loved the French language. So she began tutoring French at 15 and didn't stop since. First, she obtained her Master's in economics in Lebanon, where she taught French for five years. Then she moved to France, where she lived for 17 years and volunteered to teach French to immigrants of all nationalities and ages. She is currently teaching in San Diego at a language center and the Alliance Française, and also has her sole proprietorship for tutoring. 

"Good teachers share knowledge. Great ones make an impression that stays in their students' hearts forever." She hopes to be a good and great teacher for you.

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Jean-Marc Humbert

Instructor 

Jean-Marc HUMBERT was born and raised in Lorraine, France where he obtained a master’s degree. He taught business in Beziers. Evreux and Le Havre while working in the private sector before moving to the US in 1990. After 4 years in New England, 2 years in the Midwest and a few trips around the world, he settled in the San Diego area. He has been teaching on both sides of the border and his passion for languages, diversity and geography takes him on every continent each year. He enjoys sharing cultural experiences, transmitting his love for France and learning from others. He has now been the C.E.O. of Friends of America Cultural Exchanges, a company organizing educational and language trips worldwide, for more than 15 years. “Pas de prob., on y va !” 

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Jean-Louis Morhange

Instructor 

Jean-Louis Morhange was born in Sèvres, a small town between Paris and Versailles. He has taught at the Berlitz Schools; the Alliance Française/French Institute in New York City; National University; USD; and UCSD, where he obtained his Ph.D. as a part-time lecturer of French literature and French instructor (Literature and Linguistics Departments). He is also a translator. He has done research work on narrative theory and on comic books. He enjoys teaching adult classes because of the personal motivation shown by independent persons who have freely chosen to study. He uses interactive methods, emphasizing role-playing and conversation meant to simulate real-life situations.

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Isabelle Philippe

Instructor 

Isabelle Philippe was born and raised in the South of Paris, France where she earned a degree in Business Administration. She moved to San Diego in 2006 and started teaching French to individuals of all ages and levels of proficiencies. Meanwhile Isabelle went back to school and received all the certification to teach preschool. Isabelle joined The French American School in 2013 and enjoys sharing the French language and culture with adults, teenagers and children who are always eager to learn and explore. Isabelle looks forward to continued success and new discoveries with an amazing team of teachers at l’Alliance Française. “A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE IS A DIFFERENT VISION OF LIFE”.

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Éva Rodriguez

Instructor 

Éva Rodriguez grew up in Lausanne, in the French-speaking region of Switzerland. Eva has instructed students from Le Lycée Français in Sydney and at Papalote, a Spanish Language school. Eva obtained a Degree in French as a Foreign Language (DAEFLE) and has been teaching French for over 12 years. She is currently an instructor at San Diego French American School and the Alliance Française San Diego, where she adapts her teaching styles to adult and children classes. Eva is a certified Adult Educator (AE).

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Claudine Stone

Instructor 

Bonjour my name is Claudine

Originally from the South West of France, I lived in England for several years and then relocated many years ago to San Diego where my husband and I raised our children.  I have always been impressed by the French community and culture here ; this has motivated me to pursue my studies in Education and start teaching. 

I have been teaching for more than 10 years and thoroughly enjoy it. 

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, art, and gastronomy.