Our Team

At the French Learning Institute we pride ourselves in our high standard French courses delivered by friendly and professional certified French native teachers. Our students love to learn with us for our flexibility and central Sydney CBD location, but first and foremost because we’re fun to learn with!

 
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Leslie

Bonjour! I come from Montpellier, South of France. I knew very young I wanted to teach my language to foreigners. So, this is what I studied in my hometown university! After my degree, I found quickly a position in a school, and never stopped teaching since then. I taught in France,  Mexico and  Australia, in very different schools and to various public: from kids to pensioners, from travelers to professionals. It has been 13 years now and still have not lost my passion for it! 

  • Favorite quote: “La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin” —> “Life is too short to drink bad wine”

  • Favorite cheese: How can I choose?!

  • Favorite pastry: Lemon pie

  • Favorite wine: Champagne!

  • Favorite place in France: Montpellier, cause it’s the best place ever, and YES, Im objective! …. no, I’m not :) 

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Marjolaine

I am a native French speaker from Paris. I graduated with a Masters Degree in Management from a French Business School and with a Masters Degree in translation from UNSW. I have extensive experience in French tutoring and what I enjoy most about teaching is to find the best ways to help my students reach their goal(s) and see them grow.

  • Favorite quote: "Pour être irremplaçable, il faut être différente." Coco Chanel —> “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different”

  • Favorite cheese: Fromage de chèvre

  • Favorite pastry: Dalloyau's most famous pastry: the Opéra Cake

  • Favorite wine: Château de Marjolaine bien sûr ;)

  • Favorite place in France: L'Auvergne for the sheer authenticity of its natural environment

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Stephane

  • My favorite quote: “Le coeur a ses raisons, que la raison ignore.” Blaise Pascal. —> “The heart has reasons that reason cannot know.” Understand this, and you might start to understand all the things Human do that you were finding weird or crazy. 

  • Favorite cheese: Fromage de chêvre (Enbuche, Selles-sur-Cher, cendre)

  • Favorite pastry: For breakfast pain au chocolat. For desert, flan. 

  • Favorite wine: Red from Bourgogne. Pommard for example. If you ever manage to find any from year 2009 buy it! 

  • Favorite place in France: Savoie and Haute Savoie are the most beautiful regions that I’ve visited in France so far. I’ve been few times in Les Menuires on holidays, for ski in winter or trekking in summer. 

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Julie

Bonjour! I am the founder and director at The French Learning Institute. I come from a charming Burgundy village, Vézelay, where for 10 years I was running my family’s wine estate with my parents. In 2015 my life took a different turn: Inspired by an Australian client to whom I was teaching French and moved to Sydney.  I then realised that many Australians wanted to learn French and were really curious about French culture. However many of them didn't find the right person/school to help them. So I created The French Learning Institute to help people learn French while connecting with French culture. Since then, we have helped numerous people to realise their dream, to speak French.  It’s incredible to share my love for my language and culture!

  • Favorite quote: “Aide toi le ciel t'aidera!” —> “God helps those who help themselves”

  • Favorite cheese : Le Saint Nectaire

  • Favorite pastry : La tarte tatin

  • Favorite wine: Le Bourgogne Vezelay! A chardonnay from Burgundy of course!

  • Favorite place in France: L'Aubrac