The team


 Our language programmes are devised, organised and supervised by our FIL staff who are all highly experienced  workshop leaders and teachers of French to non-french speakers. We rigorously select our team members who are present throughout the day, leading the french workshops, leading activities and organising evening parties and events! The animators ensure the wellbeing of their groups on a daily basis. 


A united and professional team

Bénédicte: The Director


Bénédicte founded FIL with her friend Sophie in 2012 by taking over Créa Langues Jeunes,  which had been running french-language holidays for teenagers for 25 years. Bénédicte was a  facilitator for many years, then a supervisor in middle and high schools whilst simultaneously studying French as a Foreign Language. Previously she taught in France, Hungary, and then an Indian university. For two years, Bénédicte was the Educational Coordinator for a French Alliance in India. Today she  is the sole Director of FIL where she leads the project, manages all the visits and visitors to FIL and also of the Le Noell Holiday Centre in Saint Laurent de Cerdans where FIL is houses.

Lucie: Educational Coordinator 

Lucie has more than one string to her bow: French teacher for foreigners, linguistic animator and educational course designer for FIL's French workshops and now also our Teaching Coordinator. Lucie is a specialist of FLE and education, her work is distinguished by her incredible competence  and wide experience as an independent designer of a high quality teaching material. Her educational programmes are noteworthy  as they are very playful  and fun yet of an  extremely complete educational standard. 

Imogen: Administrative Assistant


Imogen is our resident Welsh archaeologist  and Arts Administrator who is able to turn her hand to all sorts of other tasks for the FIL team. Imogen has travelled the worland is always learning more languages and loves to improve her French and Catalan. Imogen assists the Director with the administrative management of FIL and the practical cleaning and maintenance of the buildings at Noell (Even if you have only lost a sock she may know where it is:-)! If you contact us in English she will be delighted to help you throughout your registration process.

Thierry: Head Chef

Thierry hails from our village and is our Head Chef. He prepares good regional style dishes with all the flavours from the South of France. He always has a smile and knows Le Noell like the back of his hand!