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 and graduated in French studies, linguistics and translation at the French Portuguese Institute of Lisbon, Portugal. She taught at UCSD and tutored college students. She has been teaching Children and Adult Classes at Alliance Française de San Diego for several years and is currently in charge of the AFSD Book Club.

Benedicte Bonaventure

Born and raised in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, Benedicte graduated from the School of Nursing in Verviers, Belgium and was a preventive health educator in Burkina Faso. She moved to San Diego in 1999 and while raising her children, she went back to school to study Child Development and worked as a preschool teacher. 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.

Violette Dunn

Violette was born and raised in the South of France. Her passion for language and travel drove her to study in Ireland and England. Intent upon becoming a language teacher, she graduated with a BA in English Studies from Toulouse, passed her French Education Nationale CAPES exam, and taught ESL in Parisian secondary schools. Additionally, she studied French as a Foreign Language (FLE) in Montpellier, but also at Grenoble University where she received a Master in FLE. She is very knowledgeable about the Europeen Language standards, the CECRL, and is an eTef examinator. Having taught French and English in several countries, she now teaches at La Petite École immersion school, the Alliance Française, and tutors French Language and Culture. Violette strives to offer her students of all ages efficient and dynamic lessons that build linguistic confidence in a welcoming environment. C’est parti!

Naïma El Bekraoui

Naima EL BEKRAOUI was born in Morocco. She grew up in both a Francophone and an Arab background. She holds a Phd from the Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux III, France, in linguistics and a Phd in linguistics and FLE didactics from Hassan II University, Casablanca, Morocco. She taught for 34 years at the University of Casablanca and 15 years at the Institut Français du Maroc where she taught French courses with specific objectives in companies and FLE courses for university students and adults. She was also an educational tutor for the DAEFLE (Diplôme d’aptitude à l’enseignement du français langue étrangère) initiated by the Alliance française de Paris. All the research focuses on the acquisition of language skills in French as a foreign language in an exolingual environment. She is the author of various articles and four specialty French textbooks in line with the major guidelines of the CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and intended for Moroccan university students.

Roger Jehamy

Roger Jehamy is a French and Arabic native from Lebanon as he grew up speaking and learning both languages simultaneously. He obtained his French Baccalaureat from “l’Ecole des Frères Maristes” and holds a Master’s degree from “Ecole Centrale des Arts et Metiers” in Brussels.
At UCSD, he has taught French Conversation Classes where 100% French was spoken.- No English allowed – He presently teaches children and adults alike , is very patient and always creates a fun atmosphere, which is key to success. He believes in motivation and will power. We say in French “Qui veut peut”. “When there is a will, there is a way”. Let’s do it.

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.

Olivier Pelanne

Olivier Pelanne was born in a beautiful French city called Bordeaux where he completed a Master in Elementary teaching Education after a Master in Biology. He moved to San Diego in 2013 where he ended up marrying an American. He has a real passion for other languages and cultures that he has been able to satisfy by traveling all around the world and through teaching in French immersion schools in Japan, Korea, Libya and Florida for more than 15 years. He’s currently working at the Alliance Française de San Diego for 2 years as well as in a French-American school in San Diego for 5 years. Olivier is always ready to share enthusisticaly with you his love for French language and culture.

Isabelle Philippe

Isabelle 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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Valérie Guitton

Valérie was born in France, and grew up in Paris southern suburb and in Brittany.

Valérie Guitton holds an Honors B.A. in Translation from York University in Toronto, Canada, a M.A. in French Studies from San Diego State University and a Certificate in Translation and Interpretation also from SDSU. She has taught lower and upper division French courses at SDSU, UCSD and USD. Prior to studying languages, translation and interpretation, Valérie worked in the business world in the U.K. and the U.S after completing a Graduate Business Executive degree from ESC Brest in France. She has her own Interpreting and Translation business (, and works for various companies among which, not-for-profit organizations, such as The Alliance for African Assistance in San Diego. Valérie also has a passion for acting and dancing. She has trained in drama schools in France and England (stage training) and in the US (screen training), and performed in English-speaking and French-speaking plays. She enjoys classical dance as well, and is currently learning two classical dance forms from India: Odissi and Kathak. Valérie is very happy to have joined the team at L’Alliance française de San Diego !

Eva Rodriguez

Eva grew up in Lausanne, in the French part of Switzerland. She traveled all her life, she’s an adult trainer and quickly became a French teacher while traveling. She had helped students from “Le lycée français “ in Sydney and at “Papalote”, a Mexican school. She decided to pass the DAEFLE exam after 10 years teaching French. She is living in San Diego since summer 2019 and she is working at the “San Diego French American” school and at  “Alliance française de San Diego”. She loves to teach the adult classes as well as the kids onesand she particularly enjoys teaching to the little ones at AFSD. 

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Amélie Chappaz

Amelie Chappaz is a native French speaker and her teaching qualification is internationally recognised. She is passionate about the French language and even more so about sharing it and inspiring others. She has recently relocated to San Diego with her husband and their two daughters. Previously living in England, she has been teaching and tutoring in various settings including schools and enterprises, and is thus used to adapting her lessons to various audiences from children to students, adults and senior citizens. She was also the head teacher of the school Les Petits Caméléons for French bilingual children. 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. Her lessons are therefore structured to include listening and reading comprehension, oral participation on a wide range of topics, as well as writing practices. Differentiation is key in her teaching practice. Modern technologies and a diversity of outstanding resources are offered to promote motivation and excellence.

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