Our team

Our Outstanding and Dedicated Main Teachers

Stéphanie Houset – Director and French teacher

With 15 years of experienceshe still really enjoys teaching French as a foreign language (FLE).

After studying ESL in the USA for one year, she returned to France to specialize in French language teaching obtaining a Master in FLE. Since then, she taught French to adult learners both in France and in Australia.

Born and raised in Biarritz, she grew up with her feet in the water and learned surfing when she was a kid. Passionate about French language and surfing, she founded SOFI 64 (Sud-Ouest French Institute 64) in 2011 to offer an intimate place to learn French and enjoy surfing.

Being a teacher and a director, she can identify and understand students needs and answer their queries with friendliness and professionalism.

Stéphanie’s other interests are hiking and photography.

She also studies German in order to stay closer to her students and to be able to put herself in their shoes as learners.

She speaks French, English, Spanish and has a good knowledge in Basque language.

French teacher in classroom
French teacher surfing
French teacher and dog hiking

Julie Thomain – French Teacher

The harder it is, the more I like it!
That’s why I chose to be a French teacher!

Graduated with a Master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language in 2003 and having since then had many students of all profiles and backgrounds, I would like to share with you my passion for French language and make you discover all its richness and subtleties.

A fan of music and poetry, I am a fan of Queen and Queneau!
As a great handywoman, words are my favorite tools.

French teacher with student
French teacher in classroom

Our Talented Assistant

Thomas Birrer – Assistant

Born and raised in Switzerland (Luzern), Thomas visited Australia a few years ago in order to learn English. In 2017, he discovered Biarritz as a student in French. After studying French for 3 months, Thomas fell in love with French language and surfing. Initially IT administrator, he decided to go back to Biarritz in 2018 and started working as an assistant in his favorite French language school.

Thomas practices surfing, snowboarding, hiking and love riding his bikes.

He speaks German, English and French.

Thomas Assistant
Our assistant surfing
Thomas in the mountains