History

In June 2016 L’école de français was created by two friends, ex-colleagues and both teachers sharing the same values and ideas on how to teach French. In 2020 Céline took over alone the direction of the school.

Mission

Why L’école de français?

We offer services as close as possible to the needs of those who wish to learn or improve their skills in French. In individual or group lessons (maximum 8 students), taught by native teachers, it is about learning in French even for beginners while having fun.

Philosophy

French taught the right way

With its innovative language and education program, L’école de français has the ambition to make French lessons accessible to all ages, levels and ways of learning

Meet Our Team

Céline Dandoy

Céline Dandoy

Founder and Director
Céline is French, she is Parisienne born and bred and spent all her life in Paris until she decided to see what life is like outside of France. At l’école de français she divides her time between giving courses, directing the business, communication and partner relations. She’s also the one who remembers to buy new printer ink cartridges.
Alexandre Barbier

Alexandre Barbier

Born in Paris, his parents gave him a curiosity about art, history, sport and food culture. During his studies at La Sorbonne in the French capital, he spent a lot of time in museums, galleries, cinemas, restaurants and theatres. Alexandre holds bachelor’s degrees in history and law along with a Masters in Europe’s International Relations, a Masters in International and Strategic Affairs, and an Associate Degree in Language and Culture. History and geography gave him the passion of traditions, civilisations and the desire to travel and understand languages and cultures.
Annick Noirfalisse

Annick Noirfalisse

Teacher
Annick is experienced in teaching French as a foreign language at all levels, including Business French for advanced students.
Elodie Dobigny

Elodie Dobigny

Elodie was born and grew up in Perpignan in the south of France. She has visited and lived in several other countries. During her experiences abroad, she discovered her passion for teaching languages. She taught FLE (French as a foreign language) in Australia for 3 years, and in Tokyo, she animated conversation classes for Japanese adults. She enjoys working with groups of adults as well as with children. Elodie is dynamic and likes to work interactively by focusing on participatory learning from educational material that she likes to create herself. In her free time, Elodie enjoys exploring new places, cycling, reading and sharing good times with family and friends.
Elodie Le Nezet

Elodie Le Nezet

Elodie is a native of France and spent her earliest years between Normandy, Brittany, New Caledonia, and Toulon. She went on to complete Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Language and Civilization in Angers as well as a Master’s in French as a Foreign Language (Angers/Paris) before moving to the US to begin her international teaching career. Elodie’s nearly 20-year career in French-language education spans nearly all levels and brought her from France to the United States, where she has worked at the International School of Louisiana in New Orleans, l’Ecole Française du Maine, and most recently the North Seattle French School in Washington State. In addition to teaching, she has created and coordinated adult education programs; led DELF certification programs; and curated monthly Ciné-Club film and discussion series. As well, Elodie has spent the past several years as a school director from 2016 until 2019 when she moved to Amsterdam. Elodie loves teaching all ages and has been described by her students as lots of fun but also demanding. She loves using “gestures” and drawings and making her class full of energy! When she does not teach, she loves to explore Amsterdam with her husband Andrew and their son Isidore!
Hanna Volbeda

Hanna Volbeda

French
Hanna was born in the Netherlands and grew up in the French Alps. She learned French in school and spoke Dutch at home.
Héloïse Girard

Héloïse Girard

Heloise comes from La Rochelle, a city in the West of France. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Languages Applied tu Business Studies (LEA), two Master’s Degrees in Intercultural Relations and International Cooperation (RICI), and a Teaching Certificate for French as a Foreign Language.
Juliana Joly

Juliana Joly

Born and raised in the Paris suburbs for the first half of her life, Juliana then moved to Normandy with her family, where she grew up amongst cute villages and fields filled with cows (she still doesn’t like smelly cheeses like camembert though) Later on, she moved to Strasbourg for her studies and discovered the beautiful Alsace region and the Alsatian dialect. She holds a Bachelor of Languages and Multiculturalism and studied Dutch at the university. When her teacher told her that one of the queens of the Netherlands was called Juliana, she decided it was time to see this country for real. Therefore she moved again, this time to Amsterdam, within the ERASMUS exchange program. She immediately fell in love with the city – and with a French man she met during Dutch classes (true story) – and never left! That was 7 years ago, and she has been in love both with the Netherlands and her French man since then.
Manon Clément

Manon Clément

Manon was born in Montpellier in the south of France and grew up in a very small village in the Pic Saint-Loup region. She has a bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature (“Lettres Modernes”) and she is finishing French as foreign language studies. She was a language assistant in England for two years and she worked in several primary and secondary schools. After this first expatriation, she came to Utrecht in order to join her partner, she worked at the Hogeschool and she started to learn Dutch. She likes meeting people with different cultures and she is interested in languages. During her free-time, Manon enjoys reading, going to the cinema, travelling and hiking.
Margaux Brial

Margaux Brial

Margaux was born and raised in Perpignan, in the south of France. She studied at the Paris-Sorbonne University with a Master’s degree in French language and received her teaching diplomas (CAPES and Agrégation of French literature). She then taught at various schools in the Paris area, where she shared her passion with French and non-French speaking students. Eager to discover new languages and cultures, Margaux fell in love with the Venice of the North (along with a tall Dutchman!), where she just moved this year. Energetic and positive, she is happy to share her love of the French language and follow the progress of her students, old and young alike. Besides teaching, she loves going to the movies, museums and rock’n roll shows.

Maria Chalevelaki

Maria Chalevelaki

Maria is an independent researcher and creative thinker. She holds a Phd in Linguistics and has taught in Higher Education in France and in Greece. She loves languages and discovering new cultures. She has lived in Canada, Greece, France, Germany and the last 3 years she enjoys life in the Netherlands. Teaching and French are her passions that she is happy to share with her international students in Amsterdam. She is the author of a successful book on semiotics -a cool science about signs and codes- and is planning to publish a second one. She loves spending her time with her precious family. Her 7 year old son already speaks three languages and knows how to say I am big in Japanese.
Natacha Bonnet

Natacha Bonnet

In July 2015, Natacha moved to the Netherlands and since then she adores the country and the city of Amsterdam. In France she worked for 8 years as a schoolteacher at various schools in Lyon and surroundings. She was formed at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Mons (Belgium) where she also worked as an actor, theatre instructor, and president of the theatre group she established together with her husband.
Nausicaa Hugon

Nausicaa Hugon

Nausicaa Hugon is a native of Marseille who has lived in the Netherlands for a number of years and enjoys teaching non-natives French.
Sabrina

Sabrina

Sabrina is a qualified teacher in French and English. She was born in Auvergne region and has lived in different parts of France as well as in Ireland and in the United Kingdom. She holds a Bachelor in English studies and Teaching French as foreign language. She also holds a Master's degree in translation and another one in TESOL and education and language policies. She received her teacher certification by the French Ministry of Education in 2010, and specialised in English language and French literature. She has taught since, in upper secondary schools in France, and at primary and lower secondary levels in Amsterdam. She has mainly taught French as a foreign language to newly arrived pupils from abroad, through organisations and as part of an inclusive school program. She is passionate about languages and technologies.
Sophie Coll

Sophie Coll

Sophie was born in Perpignan and grew up in a small mountain village in the Languedoc region at the Spanish border. Three years ago, she moved to Brest in Brittany after having lived in Toulouse for 8 years, which she calls her second home. Sophie also lived in Okinawa, Japan, for a year. There she obtained her degree in “Français Langue Étrangère” (French as a second language) and taught French to a diverse and international public. In her classes, Sophie likes to make use of popular culture, interculturality and a playful way of teaching. Concretely, this means the use of videos and various games. With her humour and enthusiasm, she brings a pleasant vibe to the class. Apart from teaching, Sophie likes drawing and travelling.
Vincent Bonnet

Vincent Bonnet

Vincent is our drama teacher. Although he is a drama teacher first and foremost, he has been working in the theatre business as a comedian and scenarist for more than fifteen years.