Profiles of key trainers
Alain (manager & French teacher)
Before creating « HVF », I accumulated 10 years of international experience as a French as a Foreign Language teacher in different educational institutions on the island of Saint Salvador in the Bahamas and in the prestigious universities of the city of Hermosillo in Mexico.
I was also called upon to teach subjects related to Law (International negotiation, globalisation and integration, International panorama) as my initial training was in tax law.
Since 2009, or a year after returning to France with my family, I have been working as a French as a foreign language teacher with populations of Non-French speakers in Limoges (Culture Alpha association, the University of Limoges, LH87, Firmen Roz secondary school) but also in Bellac (Easyfrench) where I had the privilege of teaching for 6 years.
Incidentally, I was also called to teach English (Easyfrench), Communication and job search technics and Communication. (AFPI Limousin)
Having a very good level myself in Spanish and English, as well as having formed a large network of friends and professional contacts in the past few years, I can offer support or lessons in both these foreign languages as well as high quality translations.
DESS in Applied Taxation – University of Paris V (1989)
DAEFLE – Alliance Française de Paris (2001)
Master 1 of FLE (French as a Foreign Language) – University Stendhal Grenoble III (2012)
DELF and TCF examiner
Stéphanie (French teacher)
My name is Stéphanie Laporte. I’m 36 years old and I’ve been living in Limousin for the past 10 years.
In order to become a teacher of French as a foreign language, I firstly studied English (language, literature and culture), then modern French language and literature before finally obtaining a Masters in FLE (French as a Foreign Language).
I started my professional life in Grenoble teaching French in a “classe d’acceuil” for people on their first arrival in France. I then moved to Romania where I taught in a bilingual school before relocating to Treignac in Corrèze where I worked there for 7 years again teaching young people in a “classe d’acceuil”and later taught in a lycée. I also worked with adults and children in Soudaine, Uzerche and Tulle. During this time I also taught French to private individuals and worked with groups of retired British people and other overseas nationals.
Since March 2018 I’ve been working with Alan Rio of Haute Vienne Formations, teaching FLE online to mainly British people, both working and retired, living in France. I particularly enjoy the challenge of tailoring my lessons to suit the specific needs and aims of each of my pupils.
My interests include travel, reading and cultural pursuits. I am also interested in sociology and very much enjoy integrating with people of different nationalities and to teaching them French.
I am a qualified French teacher since 2011 with a first year of master degree: literature, humanities, (specialization French for foreign people). In 2018 I got my second year of the master degree: sciences of languages (specialization: multiculturalism, plurilinguisme and training engineer )
I have worked in Paris and Bordeaux, from Stockholm to Amsterdam, and from La Rochelle to Limoges, where I have now been living for 7 years.
And, of course, help you to progress in our beautiful French language!See you soon!
Nathalie DEVILLE (trainer in French as a foreign language)
Master FLE (Paul Valéry University – Montpellier III)
Welcome to my French classes.
My name is Nathalie and I have been an FLE trainer for 26 years.
I am a teacher with conviction and share this commitment with enthusiasm.
Born in France, but also Canadian by adoption, I lived in North America for many years and remain very attached to this double culture.
Between France and Canada, I have had the opportunity to teach French in a variety of settings: language schools and language institutes for business French courses, the Department of Natural Resources Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Quebec Immigration Department, and the programs of the French Office for Immigration and Integration.
This exceptional experience has allowed me to work with people from more than 130 nationalities. I am sure you have understood: FLE is the great adventure of my life!
I recently joined the HVF team above all for its philosophy and its human values. I thank Alain Rio for this great opportunity.
I am available to provide you with training, advice, intercultural communication and coaching for your exams.
My courses are above all an exchange. You will benefit from my expertise in a warm and caring environment.
I look forward to welcoming you soon.
I was born in Mexico, where I lived for 40 years. There I evolved professionally as a newspaper editor and Spanish teacher in several educational levels (from college to university).
When I arrived in France in 2008, I held several positions as a teacher of Spanish as a second language in secondary schools in the department. I have also worked as a children’s facilitator in Spanish workshops, but my main activity is working as a Spanish teacher for groups of adults or in the context of individual professional Spanish lessons.
My experience as a newcomer in a foreign country, without mastering the host language, has helped me to be more precise about the needs of a person who is trying to communicate and get by as quickly as possible. I also believe that each person has different learning rhythms and styles which I need to be aware of in order to respond specifically to them.
Communication degree (2000) – Universidad de Sonora
Master 1 in Education – 2006 – Universidad Pedagógica Nacional
Louise VELLENOWETH (English trainer)
My name is Louise and I am English. I have lived in France since 2010 when I bought a house to renovate.
I started working as an English trainer in 2012 thanks to my former French teacher who wanted to offer English as well as French courses in her organisation (Easyfrench at BELLAC). My professional background in the UK was in the corporate sector (marketing, advertising and communications) in London and New York.
In the beginning I mainly worked with job-seekers (registered with Pole Emploi) who needed to improve their English in order to find a job. They all had different levels of English (from none to experienced). Currently I work with business professionals who want to learn and improve their English. I work for various organisations (Chamber of commerce and industry among others).
My aim is to encourage you to speak without stress, to help you feel more comfortable and confident an any situation. I aim to give you all the basics you need to improve your command of the language to the level you want to reach. All this is done in a relaxed, even fun environment. Lessons are prepared for you according to your level and your objectives, including preparation for the TOIEC, TOIEC Bridge, BULATS etc. exams.
Hello ! My name is Nicola and I am Italian. After growing up in the north of Italy (next to Lake Como), I have travelled and studied in several countries. During my first stay in France (2014-2017) I gave Italian courses of different levels (in groups and to individuals).
In 2020 I arrived in the Limousin, where I give Italian courses (beginners and intermediate) in St-Junien thanks to the association VIALO. I like to add to my lessons activities around Italian culture (popular culture, art, gastronomy, history) as well as elements on geography (cities and tourist sites).
I also have a background in film history, so the seventh art is also an argument that – if the students are interested – can be included in the learning process. I learned French “in the worst bars in Brittany”; for me, learning a language is above all the possibility of exchanging with a person or discussing an artistic work. That’s why I like to speak Italian with my students as often as possible and to prefer an informal and relaxed context for my lessons. A prestissimo !
V 007 of 4th May 2021