Instructors

 

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Emmanuelle  is a French native speaker from Strasbourg, France. She has a master’s degree in organization of French training and creation of instructional documents in French as a second language. She also has a BA in English and French as a second language. She was a language teacher with over a decade of experience teaching English, French and Spanish in France. Students varied from beginner to Masters level, at companies and in colleges. She has taught the ambassador of Norway at the Delegation of Norway at the Council of Europe and many radio speakers in Strasbourg. Language and teaching in an efficient and creative way are her passion, that’s why in 2012, she decided to set up her own language company in France. In 2014, she began her American career as a French teacher at Alliance Française in Pasadena and as a Spanish instructor at Louis Vuitton.She is also a DELF examiner, a translator (English-French). She has her own section in the newsletter of Alliance Française de Pasadena: Les trucs et astuces d’Emma. And she writes articles in French for her travel blog about California: https://kitdesurviecalifornie.wordpress.com/Currently she is working on bilingual and bicultural writing projects. She is eager to share her language knowledge and experience.

 

armineArmine is originally from Armenia. She received her Bachelor’s degree with honors. During her school years, she worked at SPFA and Espace as an English and French interpreter and continued working there after graduating. She then worked at France Formation as a French professor for 4 years. In November of 2009, she embarked on a new wonderful experience with the Alliance Française de Pasadena where she now  enjoys teaching her lovely young students.

 

 

 

 

Untitled-1Blandine was Born in the Jura Mountains, on the French side near the Swiss border. She grew up learning German and then English. The daughter of an out of the ordinary Elementary school teacher who had a reputation as a great story teller and a pilot, she scored high on her Education path entering junior high at 9 years old. After high school and her French baccalaureat with honors she went to a prep school that destined her to become a University Professor. But it was not her calling at the time, and in the Summer break she got an internship at the famous magazine Télérama, regarded as the best entertainment magazine in France  both by professionals and the public. Her writing skills and her enthusiasm got her hired and the magazine paid for her schooling at the best Journalism school in Paris. After 11 years as a staff writer interviewing lots of scientists, (some already famous, others to become so) her other passion beside communication, television directors, actors, producers, artists, writers etc, her adventurous nature took her to the U.S. And after a one year sabbatical, she decided to stay in Los Angeles where she taught French privately and did some voice over, she has been teaching at the Alliance for eight years and is currently writing two books and a script. She has two girls one living in Australia and the other one in Utah.

 

cathyCatherine was born and raised in Belgium. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Romance languages from “Université Libre de Bruxelles” (ULB). She lived 3 years in Boston before moving to Los Angeles in 2013. Catherine enjoys reading, especially Proust’s work. She has been teaching French for over 6 years now, both at the Alliance Francaise and in local universities.

 

 

 

grazziellaGraziella is from Lausanne, a city on Lake Leman in the French-speaking region of Vaud, Switzerland. This city is located across from Evian in France. She has dual citizenship; Swiss and French. She got her “Brevet d’enseignement” in 1977 at Normal School in Lausanne (Established during the reign of Louis Philippe, Normal Schools have occupied an important place until the end of the twentieth century). She has always challenged herself, looking for new and different teaching tools to match her students’ needs. Before coming to the United-States, she worked with children in public schools in Switzerland, in particularly children and teenagers with special needs and learning disabilities at the COFOP apprentice school. She trained apprentices as domestic workers to get a CFC, as well as evaluated and monitored their training. She was also Executive VP for the Center. She also worked for OPTI, a government project that provides added knowledge and polishes behavior skills for students who have finished public school, but are still in need of further assistance to enter the workforce. Drawing on this experience, she took on strategic responsibilities and dealt with project management. She also taught French at Français en jeu, an organization for the integration of foreigners. Eventually, she created her own company, Formaxe Inc., which served to better connect migrant families and teachers and fostered better understanding. She has been teaching at Alliance Française de Pasadena since 2011.

 

mayeMaye is a graduate in French literature. She started working at the Institut Français as an archivist and French-German translator. In the early 1990′s, she worked for the United Nations in the international correspondence department. Not long after, she pursued her passion in teaching French and has been teaching in the LA area ever since. Maye’s teaching experience is extensive as she has taught 4th and 5th graders at the French school LILA, in Pasadena as well as adult classes at the Louis Vuitton main quarters for over 10 years. She is equally at ease with children as she is with adults and remains as motivated and patient as the day she first started teaching. A hard working and detailed-oriented professional, she was one of the first teachers at the Alliance Française de Pasadena and has more than 17 years experience in teaching FLE to a diverse crowd. She is an accredited examiner for the DELF and DALF exams and is also qualified to train students for the TCF exams. In addition to teaching, she continues her own development in French education by attending various workshops and seminars, such as a distant course in phonetic at the Université du Maine au Mans.

 

katiaCatherine  is a French native from Paris.  She first attended l’Université de la Sorbonne in Paris to major in Russian and English.  She then spent many years in England where she worked in the film industry.  After raising a family, Catherine returned to school in California where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in French and Francophone studies at UCLA and a Master’s degree in French literature at CSULA.  Additionally, Catherine has a DUFLE license (teaching French as a Foreign Language) from l’Université du Maine, Le Mans, France. Catherine has a passion for literature, film, theater, music and art.  She always includes culture and arts in her classes. She is currently teaching French language and French cinema at California State University Los Angeles, Pasadena City College, and Alliance Française de Pasadena.

silhouette-femme-grise-cadrPascale was born and raised in Paris, France. Prior to starting her career in education, Pascale worked in the entertainment industry and as an interpreter (international trade shows). She holds a Masters Degree in Communication and is a Certified ESL teacher.  She started teaching ‘French in 2003. She teaches group & private classes at Alliance Française de Pasadena since 2011.  Pascale’s  hobbies include fitness and fashion/home décor pattern design.

Here’s a brief overview of her professional experience as a French teacher/tutor:
* Hands-on experience teaching & tutoring students of all ages and levels at various private high schools, language centers & tutoring centers in greater LA
* Practical approach to teaching & explaining  grammar
* Emphasis on pronunciation, conversation & culture
* Specializing in test preps (SAT, AP, DELF, TCF), homework assignments, middle/high school finals, business & travel French
* Integrated curriculum & integrative teaching methods both used providing students a broader, more relatable perspective & understanding of the language
* Serious yet relaxed learning environment allowing students to feel comfortable and engaged in the learning process

She looks forward to helping any of you learn how to speak, understand, read & write French, all the while enjoying the adventure.

 

silhouette-femme-grise-cadrGaelle  is originally from Brittany, France but she also lived in Orleans during her childhood and then moved to Lyon where she worked as a nurse for the elderly. While in Lyon, she also tutored children and teenagers in English, French and German and that is when she realized that she was passionate about teaching. After moving to Los Angeles, she received her master’s degree in American studies from the University of Lorraine through distant learning. Gaelle has an easy going personality and she enjoys teaching across the board.