Instructors

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

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Elisabeth 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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Benedicte Bonaventure
Instructor

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.

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Naïma El Bekraoui
Instructor

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.

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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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Olivier Pelanne
Instructor

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.

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Valérie Guitton
Instructor | DELF-DALF Specialist

Valérie Guitton was born in France and grew up in Paris southern suburb and Brittany. Valérie holds an Honors B.A. in Translation from York University in Toronto, Canada, an M.A. in French Studies from San Diego State University. She has a Certificate in Translation and Interpretation from San Diego State University and a Certification in Short Courses in Acting Introduction to Text from the Central School of Speech and Drama of London’s Embassy Theatre. Valérie is certified in DELF – DALF A1 to C2 from the International Center of Pedagogical Studies of Sèvres, France. She has taught lower and upper-division French courses at San Diego State University, University of California San Diego and University of San Diego. Before 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 Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (ESC) Brest in France. She founded her own Interpreting and Translation business (acculingual.com) and works for various companies, including non-profit organizations, such as the Alliance for African Assistance in San Diego. Valérie has also trained in Drama Schools in France, England (stage training) and the America (screen training), performing 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 Alliance Française San Diego !

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Eva 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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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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Violette Dunn
Instructor

Violette Dunn 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!

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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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Roger Jehamy
Instructor

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.

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