Reg. Charity 1163206

Our Team in Oxford

Our management, French teachers and trustees.

The Management Team

Florence Rossignol LLM

Florence co-founded the new Alliance Française d’Oxford in 2015 and has managed it ever since. She previously set up a school for French-speaking children in Oxford, the Petit Club français d’Oxfordshire. She has a Masters in International Law (LLM) and a BA in Political Science. During her first career, as a journalist, she covered the United Nations in New York and American news, including the attacks of September 11th 2001.  She has never lost her early love of music, visual arts and French literature and you will sometimes find her sneeking into the Alliance’s book club for pleasure.  

✔ Masters in International Law (LLM Oxford, George Washington, DC)
✔ BA in International Relations (Université de Montréal)
✔ Certificate in Financial Management for Charities (Oxford)

Louise Richard

Louise comes from Burgundy-Franche-Comté, a region in the East of France. She graduated from the University of La Sorbonne with a “Master’s in Teaching French as a Foreign Language”, “Master 2 FLE”, with a Major in interculturality. She lived in Australia and in the US for a few years. We were lucky enough to have her as a teacher from 2017 to 2020 at the Alliance française d’Oxford.

✔ Masters in Teaching French as a Foreign Language
(Paris La Sorbonne)
✔ Expertise in teaching bilingual children
✔ DELF and DALF examiner
✔ Specialist in phonetics and TICE (Information and Communication in Technologies)

Chloé Chamard

Chloé comes from Tours, in the Loire Valley region, home to the lovely castles of Chenonceau and Villandry (her favourites!). Since she was younger, she has loved travelling and learning new languages: besides English, she speaks Spanish and learns Japanese on her own. Chloé loves to write and dance – she did ballet for 10 years, a sport she admires for its elegance and discipline. Additionally, she enjoys eating a French “raclette” with her friends or family!

✔ MA in Culture and Communication (Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye)
✔ BA in Political Sciences

Our French Teachers

Julie Ruffieux

Julie comes from Besançon and the Franche-Comté region, especially known for its great variety of cheeses and for its famous comté or cancoillotte. Passionate about languages and the way it brings people, Julie always knew she wanted to share her own language and her own culture with people abroad. Apart from teaching, she loves to go on hikes and to discover hidden places, but she usually spends her spare time reading her latest favorite book at a local café. She also loves to cook in the evening while listening to acoustic music.

✔ MA in Teaching French as a Foreign Language (Toulouse)
✔ BA in Foreign Languages, Literature and Civilisations (Besançon)
✔ DELF examinator and corrector certificate

Zoé Pontida

Zoé comes from Strasbourg. She is a keen traveller (she lived in Europe, Asia and Latin America) and loves meeting people from all over the world. She is also passionate about how learning a new language opens doors on so many different cultures, and this is what she wants to share with her students. Her taste for cheese, fashion and art might stem from her mixed French and Italian roots. The wonders of nature fascinate her, this is why she volunteers to protect it. She is also a bookworm as well as a ballet adept and a (very experimental!) vegetarian cook.

✔ BA in Modern Languages and MA in multilingualism and interculturality (Strasbourg)
✔ Managed and created a learning method for children (Monterrey, Mexico)
✔ DELF diploma examiner and corrector
✔ Taught art classes in French and DELF preparation classes
✔ Loves working with children because that often means learning French through games and manual activities (the more glitter it involves, the better!)

Chloé Chinaud

Chloé comes from Paris. She has taught in Hong Kong and Prague. Passionate about teaching especially children and teenagers, she uses songs, films and literature to offer dynamic and creative activities. Newly arrived, she is looking forward to discovering every aspect of life in Oxford.

✔ BA in Teaching French as a Foreign Language (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
✔ 14 years teaching experience with children and adults
✔ Specialist in teaching phonics to children
✔ Taught internationally

Barbara Giraud

Barbara has been living and studying in the UK for 20 years. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University and has been working as a Senior Lecturer since 2009. Her research focuses on the interactions of the literary and medical discourses during the 19th century in France. Barbara is passionate about literature, painting and is a keen yoga adept.

✔ Specialist in the 19th French literature: the Goncourt Brothers and PhD in History of Medicine (hysteria and neurosis)
✔ Taught at University for 15 years (language and literature modules)
✔ PGCE (Oxford) in French and Spanish

Marcelle Delvaux-Abbott

Teaching French has always been more than a job for Marcelle – it is a passion. As far as she can remember, she always wanted to be a French teacher. Marcelle says she has been extremely lucky to be able to work in many different countries where she taught to many diplomats. Marcelle and her husband have raised two bilingual children who are now adults and between all of them, they speak five languages.

✔ Marcelle has been working as a French teacher in several private schools around the world.
✔ She worked at St Helen and St Katharine school in Abingdon for many years and has extensive experience teaching GCSE and A Level French (all board)
✔ She has been also a certified examiner for IGCSE for Cambridge for 7 years and GCSE Edexcel for more than 10 years.
✔ She is also a DELF and DALF examiner, accredited from the Institut Français in London

Margot Richard (trainee teacher)

Margot comes from Poligny, a small city in Eastern France, well known for its famous cheese, le Comté! Her Erasmus in Sweden and her Au pair year in London convinced her that she wanted to work abroad, around people from other cultures, speaking other languages. She loves to draw, to make music, or to walk around in art galleries!

✔ MA in Teaching French as a Foreign Language (CLA BESANCON)
✔ BA in Foreign Languages, Literature and Civilisations
✔ DELF examinator and corrector certificate

Viviane Leray

After completing her BA in Nantes, Viviane moved to England to be a lecturer where she realized that teaching French was her true calling and kept traveling the world: Ethiopia, Hungary, Mongolia and Georgia. She is now back in France but still teaches with the Alliance of Oxford, online. Like a true Française, she is passionate about gastronomy and cooking, having mastered the local dishes of each of the countries she has lived in. But still a « bretonne » at heart: ask her why Brittany is the best region of France!

✔ Master in Teaching French as a Foreign Language (Paris X)
✔ DELF B2 instructor,
✔ Conversational French for business and government leaders (President of the Central Bank of Georgia)
✔ Private lessons (general French and FOS – professional and tourism French)
✔ Training for job interviews in French
✔ Teacher for future French teachers

Adeline Leguillier

Adeline comes from Soissons in Picardie, the city of Clovis, but she has travelled extensively (Spain, Ukraine, Belgium, Singapore). She is passionate about multiculturalism and learning new languages. Her classes are energetic and fun. Curious by nature, Adeline loves trying new activities, discovering new cultures and meeting new people. She is also an Irish tap dancer, music lover and gardener.

✔ BA in Modern Languages & Linguistics and Master in Didactic of French as a Foreign Language (Lille)
✔ TCF, TEF and DFP examiner
✔ Taught internationally
✔ More than 10 years teaching experience
✔ Professional French specialist

Charles Gabaude

Charles comes from the South-West of France. He has worked as a private French tutor in Oxford for seven years. He is fond of rugby and science fiction. In 2010, he published a collection of short stories for all ages entitled “Les Histoires du p’tit Nikhölaf” (Le Verger des Hespérides).

✔ PhD in Sociology of Education and Teaching French as a Foreign Language degree holder (Aix-en-Provence)
✔ Can offer training and support to students in needs (dyslexia, lack of motivation…)
✔ Worked as a teacher for students in situation of school dropout
✔ Makes sure every student gains autonomy all along the learning process

Our Trustees

Isabelle Barber

Chairman of the Trustees

Peter Anderson


Caitlin Kennedy


Jane Varley


Andrew Rattue


Marie Giraud


Greg Barnard


Joanna Carvalho


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