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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

Estela was born and raised in France. Of Portuguese origin, 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 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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Samuel Blank

Instructor 

Samuel Blank, Ph.D., is a professional teacher and independent scholar. He earned a doctorate in French from University of Maryland, and is a specialist in 20th century French Literature and Teaching French as a Foreign Language. He previously spent time studying in France and Israel, and has traveled to many countries. Samuel enjoys learning and teaching the Humanities, and sharing his passion for education.

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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. 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 

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 has been the Educational Director of the Alliance Française San Diego for 2 years and is the Book Club coordinator. 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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Senami Craft

Instructor 

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Senami loves teaching French in nature and with hands-on experiences along with local French-speaking entrepreneurs, in addition to exploring local beaches, parks, museums, and workshops with her sons. She holds 12 credits in early childhood education from Los Angeles City College and Mira Costa College, with a focus on infants and toddlers.

 

She is also a lawyer and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and Masters from Sciences Po Paris and the Sorbonne. She is half French, half Beninese, and she grew up by the beach in the countryside in Vendée, France.

Perrine Dellicour

Instructor | Certification Coordinator

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Perrine was born in Liège, which is located in the French-speaking part of Belgium. She always loved traveling, learning new languages, and sharing her culture while discovering new ones. These passions are the reason why she decided to work abroad as a French teacher.

She holds a Master's degree in French as a Foreign Language from the University of Brussels and she has been teaching French since 2014 to children, teenagers, and adults, from beginners to advanced speakers. She enjoyed teaching in a warm, interactive, and dynamic atmosphere.

She already had the chance to work in Mexico, New York, Paris, and in Belgium, and now teaching in California. Her goal by sharing her knowledge, her Belgian culture, and her mother tongue, French, is to have a positive impact on the lives of my students.

She is also certified for the DELF/DALF and TCF exams.

She is looking forward to meeting you!

Laurence de Valmy

Instructor | Cultural Coordinator

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Laurence de Valmy was born in Africa and raised in France. She also lived in London and moved to the United States in 2013. She joined the Alliance Française of San Diego in 2022 after living on the East coast for quite some years. 

She holds an MBA in Economics and Marketing from Paris Dauphine University. Passionate about art, she has studied painting, working with watercolors, oils, and later acrylics, which is now her primary medium and art history. Her art classes combine painting techniques and an art history background. 

Coming from a family of teachers, she's passionate about education and sharing her passion. 
She teaches art classes for children and adults in a private studio and at the Alliance Francaise and Beginners French classes.

Garance Gay

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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 !

Susanne Forrayi

Instructor 

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Susanne is a part-time Lecturer in French at San Diego State University and University of San Diego, with a Master's in French and Francophone Studies from SDSU. She previously served as President of Le Cercle Français. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature at the University of Washington and participated in a year-long study abroad program at the University of Montpellier III - Paul Valéry. Susanne has worked in bilingual customer service and technical support roles for companies like Sony Online Entertainment LLC, Brown Paper Tickets LLC, and CDK Global Inc. In the classroom, she blends social circus scaffolding and improvisational engagement activities with evidence-based learning techniques for an inclusive, fun, and interactive classroom experience.

Christelle Losat

Instructor 

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Christelle was born and raised south of Paris and moved to California in 2021. Having always had an affinity for cultures and languages, she studied at the Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle, where she got her Bachelor’s in Foreign Languages - English and German with an Emphasis on International Business. As she worked for 15 years in Luxury Retail, she always found herself in roles related to Customer Relations, Event Planning, and Personal Shopping, where she could always engage with others. Throughout the years, her passion for languages continued as she studied up to 7 different languages, and then she started tutoring in French as a Foreign Language. Christelle began working with the Alliance Française of San Diego in September 2022. Christelle holds a DAEFLE, the official diploma to teach French as a foreign language. 

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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-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.

Sophie Naman

Instructor 

Sophie was born and raised in Paris. She has been teaching French for 16 years both in France and in California, where she moved in 2008. She has worked as an elementary teacher at La Petite Ecole, San Diego French American School and Montessori school in France.

On top of her teaching credentials, she holds a Master in Urban Planning, a Master in Ethnology, and she is trained in mindfulness. She is passionate about art & calligraphy as well as French cooking.

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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.  

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