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Brigitte Demay O'Carroll

Brigitte Demay O'Carroll


Director Brigitte Demay-O’Carroll, originally from Bordeaux, where she qualified, has been teaching French in Galway since 1981.

She runs a team of qualified native teachers with a wealth of experience at all levels, some of them with an extensive knowlege of the secondary school curriculum and exam requirements.


Chloé Versini O'Donnell

Chloé Versini O'Donnell

Manager / Teacher

Chloe has been teaching and lecturing French in Galway for more than twenty-five years at all levels.

She gained a French Literature qualification in Paris, a French and Philosophy B.A and finally a H. Dip. in Education in NUIG, which gave her a full knowledge of the Irish curriculum.

She has held the position of Language Lecturer and ERASMUS co-ordinator for 2nd Yr students and has lectured French Literature to Final Yr students in NUIG, as well as lecturing in specialised French in the GMIT. She also gave an 'Introduction to Philosophy for Nurses' Course for several years in NUIG.

She spent years teaching French in various Galway Secondary Schools, at all levels, helping students to reach their full potential and gain extremely high results.

Finally she returned to the French Institute to be able to transmit her passion for the French language and culture in a smaller, more creative setting, providing individual attention, yet fostering independent proactive learning skills in all students.

She always focuses on the communicative method of language learning, where even arduous grammar topics are learnt in the context of everyday usage.

Specially interested in Online Teaching and Learning, and also in developing students’ interest in French Culture (e.g. French Music and Cinema), she helps them to gain an immediate and authentic contact with the language.

At present, she is specialised in teaching Secondary Level French and French for Adults/ Third-Level Students.

Chloé Versini O'Donnell

Manon Capo


Qualified with a Masters in French as a Foreign Language in Paris, Manon has wide experience at all levels in French language schools and the American University in Paris.

She first came to Ireland to improve her English, but fell in love with the Gaeltacht, the Irish language and culture, leading to a further Masters in Anthropology, and an on-going PhD.

Now that she is settled full time in Ireland, she is delighted to be able to devote herself to her two passions, teaching French and the Social Sciences, from which she draws to make learning French a stimulating and enjoyable experience.

Chloé Versini O'Donnell

Claire Devaux-Glättli


Claire is teaching children at the French Institute.

Qualified with a Bachelor in Languages, History and Literature, a Higher Diploma in Music and a Masters in Community Music, she combines her passion for music with her love of teaching French.

She first came to Ireland in 2011 to study, but living here and having the opportunity to teach French to Irish people soon persuaded her to stay.

In the course of her Masters in Community Music, she developped a keen interest in guiding, nurturing and inspiring young people.
Deciding to partner up her language and music studies, she wrote her final Master Thesis on the benefits of music on language acquisition, especially in young children.

Children can't learn without having fun, therefore Claire teaches through audio-visual media, interactive games and activities, crafts and songs, and keeps children motivated and enthousiastic week after week.

She is also currently creating her own syllabus designed for young learners of French.

Marie Salaün

Marie Salaün


Marie Salaün, originally from Normandie graduated from La Sorbonne University in Paris with a Master in teaching French as a foreign language.

Her Master's thesis was written on the importance of Humour in teaching languages. True to her principles, Marie’s classes are fun and enjoyable!

She is also a recognised examiner for Delf, Dalf, Tef and Tefac examinations.
Marie has taught extensively in Language schools in France and abroad in particular in the UK, the US and Mexico.

She loves travelling and discovering new cultures and is now looking forward to working at the French Institute and discovering Ireland.

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