Learn French with us!

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

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

Elisabeth Bergman

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.

Estela Baptista

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.

Carrie Blanton

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.

Benedicte Bonaventure

Bénédicte Bonaventure was born and raised in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium. She graduated from the School of Nursing in Verviers, Belgium, and worked as a preventive health educator in Burkina Faso. She holds the Certificate of Study from the Institute of Tropical Medicine Prince Leopold Belgium. Some of her certificates include the Printing Pre-Press Certificate of San Diego Continuing Education, Early Childhood and Development Certificate of San Diego City College, Systematizations, and Pedagogical Modules of American Association of Teachers of French. Bénédicte is currently an examiner of the French Evaluation Test of Oral Expression (eTEF) of Paris-Île-de-France Chamber of Commerce and specializes in teaching students with bilingual upbringings. Her warm and rigorous personality allows her to communicate effectively with children. Her passion for teaching children, her enthusiasm and energy are a relevant asset for our school.

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.

Garance Gaye

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 !

Jean-Marc Humbert

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 !” 

Jean-Louis Morhange

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.

Eva Rodriguez

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).

Claudine Stone
Claudine Stone

Bonjour my name is Claudine Stone,

 Originally from the South West of France, in the Perigord, Dordogne, famous for its gastronomy, prehistoric sites and castles, and more,   I lived in England Berkshire for a few years.   My husband and I then moved to Malaysia for a job opportunity and then relocated many years ago to San Diego where we raised our children.  I have always been impressed by the French community and culture we have and this has motivated me to continue my education and start teaching.  I have been teaching for more than 10 years and thoroughly enjoy it.


In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, art, hiking, cooking, and taking care of my cat

Olivier Pelanne

Olivier Pelanne was born in Bordeaux, France, where he completed a Masters Degree in Elementary Teaching Education and a Masters Degree in Biology. Olivier moved to San Diego in 2013 after traveling to Japan, Korea, Libya, and Florida through teaching programs in French immersion schools for more than 15 years. He is currently working at the Alliance Française San Diego, the Language Academy in San Diego, and previously at La Petite Ecole du Lycée Français de San Diego. Olivier is certified in DELF – DALF A1 to C2 from the International Center of Pedagogical Studies of Sèvres, France. Olivier is always ready to share enthusiastically with you his love for French language and culture.

Isabelle Philippe

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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