The authors are happily married, both teachers, and passionate about the French language and culture. They live in St-Rédempteur, Québec, a suburb of Quebec City with their two children, Jessica and Nicolas who attend school in French and are homeschooled in English.
We began as a small tutoring service which came about through requests for tutoring from friends in the homeschool community. This eventually led to the development of a DVD French curriculum for home use. In August 2010, in order to make it more affordable and accessible, French Essentials was converted from top to bottom into a new downloadable format and www.frenchessentials.com was launched.
Irene Shone Apart from being a classical violinist, Irene holds a BA French, a postgraduate certificate in French Linguistics and a teaching certificate all from Université Laval. She is currently completing a Masters Degree in Linguistics at Université Laval while teaching in the Modern languages department at Collège Merici, Quebec City.
Greg Shone He holds a BA History from the University of Alberta, a BA French from Université Laval and a teaching certificate from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Starting his career as a high school French and French immersion teacher, he now devotes his time to French Essentials.
And loves it!
Graphic design & Webmaster
M. Philippe Portugal, from Marseille, France, Owner Phil Portugal Services Graphiques
Principal Editor & Video Instructor
Brinda Devi Chengadu, BA, MA French, French Teacher, from the Republic of Mauritius
M. Legentil, BED, French & French Immersion Teacher, from Île de St. Pierre, France
Mme Legentil, BED, French Teacher, from Vancouver, Canada
Mme Cosneau, BA, MA Education (FSL), French Teacher, from Nantes, France
Mme Bourzine, DEC, from Bordeaux, France
M. Toppan, Teacher, from Toulouse, France
Mme Brisson, Retired Professor, CMQ, from Paris, France
M. Brébaud, BA, MA French, French Immersion Teacher, from Paris, France