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The Director

The school was opened in 1984 by William Rubinstein, who still runs it today. Before founding his own language school in Nice, this graduate from the University of Rennes taught French as a foreign language, first in the United States and then in New Zealand.

He pays very close attention to the quality of teaching dispensed and is always personally involved in the day-to-day life of the school. From 8.30 to 6.00 he will always be present to welcome you, to listen to you, to encourage you, to share his good humour with you, his optimism and his pleasure of being with you.

Born in 1949 in Rennes, Brittany, he has foreign links too, as his parents were Russian and Ukrainian. He lived in New Zealand for a long time becoming a New Zealand citizen. He worked as a French teacher in Dunedin and Wellington in various institutions: universities, college, and a French cultural centre. A few years ago Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, awarded him a medal for his contribution to New Zealand writers who stay in Menton near Nice under the aegis of The New Zealand Port.

He is a father of two, has an interest in classical music and paintings, and he dedicates his life to the development of the French language in the world and to the management of his school. If he is not present it is because he is away on business, touring the world either attending pedagogical conferences or winning over new markets.

He has been a member of the board of DELF examiners since its creation in the Alpes-Maritimes and he continues to play an important role in the organization of these exams locally.


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