About Us

welcome to Savoir Faire Language Institute

Our Teachers

Language is above all communication. We believe that successful communication is not found only in textbooks, drills and grammar exercises. Successful communication is to be able to comprehend, speak and understand the culture. Successful communication requires all 3!    Our mission at SAVOIR FAIRE Language Institute is to teach students how to communicate with the language and the culture they learn. We offer an immersion approach in a relaxed atmosphere where our students can naturally communicate and laugh as they participate in activities that really get them talking and learning.

Joelle Petit Adkins

Joelle Petit Adkins

Our Director

Director and Program Director, Joelle started Savoir Faire Language institute in 1995. She owns a full teaching credential for Paris V University with emphasis in teaching foreign languages. She is a Master Teacher and Master Trainer. She leads her team to develop and oversee the different programs SFLI offers.

Her passion for travelling brought her to study multiple languages and cultural differences. Though only fluent in French and, she could live in a Spanish speaking culture and survive in an Italian or German environment. She embraces any opportunities to discover new languages and cultures. Her passion for languages and cultural understanding is shared by the team she assembles and trains at Savoir Faire Language Institute.

Listening to your needs and challenges is her first priority. She understands what it takes to learn a foreign language and she makes sure that you get the best program for your needs. Finding the perfect class for you or your child.


Allyson Smolko

Our Student/Teacher Coordinator

Dedicated to taking care of all your scheduling needs, Allyson coordinates all the teachers’ schedule and the room assignments. She also makes sure the office is running smoothly! By phone, via email or in person, you can always count on her to secure the best time for your class.


Grace Wang

Our Accountant

Born and raised in China, Grace moved to the US, in 2002.Detailed oriented, she takes particular care to  insure every number is right. Very responsible and hard working , with a lot of patience, she easily integrated and is now a full member of our Savoir Faire Family.

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Jose Ramirez

Our afternoon Office Assistant

Jose was recommanded to us by one of our dear teachers. He is currently enrolled at Cal State Long Beach where he is studying to become a teacher. Gentle and relaxed, he offers support and a smile to our teachers and students who come in the afternoon and an efficient support to the whole team.

why choose sfli?

At SFLI, your child will be happy & nurtured

  • Our class are small =lots of individual attention (ratio is 1/8)
  • We understand and respect learning styles
  • Our focus is the development of emotional and social skills
  • Our teachers are educated and trained in positive discipline technique
  • SFLI uses a developmentally appropriate approach
  • We believe in smiles and hugs
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I absolutely love my Spanish class and adore my teacher. I consider my tuition a vey small fee for this type of high quality instruction. Thanks for creating such a wonderful place to learn and to meet such interesting people.
Jane Doe