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OUR STAFF AND TEACHERS


All of our teachers are highly trained experts in their fields and native speakers of French, ensuring the highest quality of teaching.

Aurore Loiseau Teacher 
Hi ! My name is Aurore Loiseau, I'm come from Vendée, in the west of France. After a degree in law and foreign languages, It took me 5 years, 6 jobs around the world, 3 diplomas to finally be what I am today. I taught in China, in Ireland, in Spain and in Czech Republic before coming here ! During my free time, I like listening to latino music, dancing zumba, drawing whatever I feel like and reading - I'm kind of a bookworm, you can say it ! 

My favourite French word is "Coquelicot" - poppy - because phonetic is my thing and I love the seeds !
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Guilhem Arnould Teacher 
Bonjour, je m'appelle Guilhem ! After three years of teaching french in Germany, I decided to get some change and fly to the other side of the world and I’m glad I did ! Everything here is different from my hometown, Le Mans, between Paris and la Bretagne, only famous for a 24 hours car race and the delicious rillettes. I have a Master in Intercultural Communication but teaching is what I really like, that’s why I continued to study and pass my degree to become a french teacher in 2015. During my free time, sport, music, and travels are keeping me busy, as well as watching movies and series…

The word I have chosen is actually a famous line from one of my all time favorite french series « Kaamelott », about the King Arthur’s legend. It is a very common and useful word but also quite difficult to pronounce correctly !!
Mylène Rocchia Teacher & Community Manager
Hi there ! I'm Mylène Rocchia, originally from the French Alps, I kind of have ants in the pants so one of my ultimate passion is to travel around. In charge of the communication and diverse courses at the Alliance, I'm here to complete my master's degree in French as  Foreign Language & Humanitarian Action. Back in France, I used to be a journalist for several local magazines - which was a great experience - a youth group leader -which was super fun - and a French teacher for migrants children in a primary school - which was incredibly interesting ! 

One of my favourites French word is "effervescence" for the way it sounds and its lively meaning - you could almost feel the movement only by hearing it.
Emmy Decker Teacher 
Bonjour ! My name is Emmy, I am teaching here in Christchurch to complete my Masters Degree at Sorbonne Université, and loving every minute of it ! I am from Paris, and always enjoy chatting about the wonders of the city of lights ! Last year, I was a TA in Pennsylvania, teaching French as part of the Fulbright FLTA program. I always enjoy discovering new countries and their cultures, and New Zealand has been one of the most beautiful places I have stepped in.

I chose the word "Théâtre" because I love playing with words and discovering what meaning can be hidden underneath them, and what better way to see that than on a stage !
Zelda Escudié Teacher 
Hi, I'm Zelda ! I came to the Alliance in January 2019 for my internship. I'm in the second year of my master degree. I'm from the basque country, South West of France. Last year I was working as a French Assistant in a french immersion school in Minneapolis, US. I'm currently teaching french to all ages and I absolutely love it ! I will be staying at the Alliance till December.

Morgane Jaffry Director

Bonjour ! I arrived in Christchurch in 2013 as a director, Volontaire International, at AFC. I have a background in education, administration and communication.I have previously worked in schools and universities mainly in Wales and Alliance Française in Russia. I have broad teaching experiences with all ages, different contexts and all levels. I love everything about innovative teaching, languages...and rugby.
Even though I was born, grew up and studied outside of France's borders,  I originally come from Plogoff in Brittany where my favorite word "Baragouiner" ( to jabber, to mumble ) originated - a french word that finds its roots in Breton, a celtic language very similar to Welsh. "Bara" means "bread" and "Gwin" means "wine". Around the 1870's, Bretons in Paris would not have much money or many sophisticated needs and could not speak French. When asking for hospitality they kept asking for "bara" and "gwin". The term for Bretons talking (jabbering) thus became 'baragouiner'...and this is something I do a lot !

Margaux Provost-Rodriguez International Volunteer, Pedagogical & development coordinator

Bonjour ! My name is Margaux, I'm from Montpellier, South of France, thanks to my parents I am half French and half Spanish and I love having this mix of cultures. I have a Master degree in teaching French as a foreign language and I have been working abroad since then. I have lived and worked in England, Spain, Chile, and India. I am the new pedagogical and development coordinator of this Alliance Francaise. I enjoy working here and look forward to traveling in New Zealand, such an exciting adventure !
My family wishes I stayed in Europe, but the world is way too vast and way too beautiful to just settle down that’s why I chose the word « bohème » which is a different way of life but it suits me !

A bientôt à l’Alliance Française !


Marine Chupin Administrative Coordinator & Teacher

Hello, my name is Marine and I come from Angers, a city on the edge of the Loire Valley and Brittany. I studied in the South of France and discovered French Foreign Language there when I was a teacher for unaccompanied foreign minors in Marseille. Today I am the Administrative Coordinator of the Alliance Française but I am also a teacher. I love travelling, wandering and discovering a new dish when I am on the road...

My favourite word is "une échaufourrée" which translates as scuffle in English. I find this very old word beautiful and the etymology is very interesting !