About us

The authors

Greg and Irene are both teachers. They are passionate about the French language and culture and want to share this passion with the homeschool community. They live in historic Québec City, Canada with their two children; one in unversity and one finishing high school at home.


Graphic design, programmer & webmaster 🖥

phil feM. Philippe Portugal is a skilled graphic artist with over 30 years experience and is the talent behind the French Essential’s website. Originally from Manosque, France just outside of Marseille, M. Portugal currently resides in Lévis, Québec, Canada.


Multimedia 🎙

marion feMarion Cabanac-Gobillard is the voice behind the beautiful, clear crisp French heard in the FE lessons. She holds a BA in communication and has had a long career in communications which has included publishing, radio and television. Mme Cabanac-Gobillard currently resides in the Brittany region of France.

Multimedia 📹

elsa feElsa Lahlil is the amazing French video teacher in the FE lessons. Mme Lahlil has 15 years of experience teaching French all around the world. She holds a 2 masters degrees in French in foreign language pedagogy & linguistics. Originally from France, Mme Lahlil currently resides in Lausanne, Switerland.



Mme Irène Wendland, BA, MA Linguistics.
Québec, Québec, Canada

Mme Brinda Devi Chengadu, BA, MA French
Quatre Bornes, Republic of Mauritius