EFA is a non-profit association whose mission is to offer French classes to students who do not attend French immersion schools. The association was formed in 2011 by a group of French families who wanted some formal education in French for their children, who attend Austin-area public schools. The goal was to help children master reading and writing, either to be prepared to return to school in France or simply to support their skills in French.
From this beginning, EFA has grown into an organization dedicated to teaching French to all. In addition to classes for children of native speakers (FLAM - français langue maternelle) we offer beginning French classes (FLE - français langue étrangère) to students of all backgrounds.
Acquisition of linguistic and cultural fluency is the underlying goal of all our classes. Rigorous academic work and engaging activities (Movie Club, Afternoon boardgames) or French immersion camps during the holidays, motivate students to learn to read, write, and share French language and culture.
EFA provides enriching experiences for francophones and francophiles in Austin, Texas
September 2011: Our first classes begin
February 2012: Our first Crêpe Party
2013: EFA receives official non-profit status
June 2015: First French immersion camp
July 2015: New EFA website
September 2015: Beginning of the French as a Foreign Language classes
May 2017: First school fest at Magellan
EFA is People Coming Together
- Instructional Team
- EFA's Board
- Engaged Students
EFA's instructors, directed by our Education Coordinator, work as a team and meet regularly to share ideas and develop new activities.
Our teachers are chosen for their experience, their personality, and their mastery of French. All hold a diploma from a French institution of higher education.
For some classes, an assistant is also present. Assistants are native French speakers with experience working with children.
EFA's volunteers make it all happen!
Stéphanie Villard: Administration and Information
Isabelle Bettler: Education Coordinator
Anne Caron-Leclerc: Photography et Events
Sabrina Michel: Newsletter
Hanifa Smine and Esther Houari: Fundraising
Géraldine Grousset and Barbara Brandon: Events
Laure Miche: Website
Aurélie Hennion: Library
Our board members are committed to EFA's growth and success.
Stephanie Villard, President
Isabelle Bossart, Secretary
Marcy Farrell, Treasurer
Isabelle Bettler, Founding Member
Students come to EFA with different backgrounds and levels of French. Our open and welcoming environment supports students' confidence and helps them develop their skills .
Our students want to develop or maintain mastery of academic French. They commit themselves to weekly classes and study, in addition to their regular schoolwork.
In the beginning, it wasn't easy to get up on Saturday morning, but I came to appreciate the chance to see my friends and I could see that I was making a lot of progress in French.
Solène, 15 years old
EFA is made up of a team of professionals and volunteers
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Classes are held at:
Magellan International School
(Anderson Lane campus)
7938 Great Northern Blvd
Austin, TX 78757