Learning French at AF of Portland

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  • French Classes Portland Summer 2015

    The Alliance's 10-week summer term runs June 22 through August 29, 2015, and includes classes at all levels in programs for adults and summer camps for children. Private lessons are also available at all times. Call us at 503.223.8388 to discuss options suitable for you or use our online assessment tools to help choose the right class. Note that we refer to the international standard CECR to describe levels: A1-A2 Basic/Beginner, B1-B2 Intermediate/Independent, C1-C2 Proficient/Advanced. Registration for summer term is closed, but please call 503.223.8388 to discuss options.

    True Beginner Classes

    This is a class for true beginners or for persons resuming their studies after a long period (and who did not have a significant foundation). The course covers greetings; introductions; nationalities; numbers; expressing preferences; possession; "tu" vs. "vous" forms of address; the near future; -ER conjugations; basic irregular verbs.

    Low Beginner Classes

    Immediately following the True Beginner Classes, this series of Latitudes 102 to 105 classes (CECR A1-A2) develops the student's comprehension and speaking skills to include making requests and appointments; comparisons; detailed descriptions; expressing quantities; directions; the simple future; past perfect and imperfect tenses; introduction to the subjunctive.

    Intermediate Classes

    Classes in this range of Latitudes 201 to 205 (CECR A2-B1) progressively solidify the student's abilities as an independent speaker expressing a wide range of emotions, opinions, intentions and preferences; discussing events in all tenses; developing use of the subjunctive, and more.

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    High Intermediate & Advanced Classes

    This level includes the popular Edito-based classes for mastery of B1 and B2 material, as well as themed literature, current events, and a variety of text-based discussion classes.

    Classes for Children

    The children's programming offers classes for Anglophone children ages 5 through 14. There are also classes for children, ages 11-14, who have formerly attended French immersion schools and who wish to keep up their French.

    Not sure about what class is the best for you?

    Visit our Assessing Your Level page and feel free to call us from 9AM to 6PM for free advice and to determine your level.

    French Resources in Portland

    French Events Portland

    Portland’s Bastille Festival July 11, 2015

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    Portland’s 13th annual Bastille Festival will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2015, from noon – 6 pm. More…

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 12:00 PM

    CINE-SALON: “Gemma Bovery” Premiere Screening

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    The Alliance will hold a special advance screening of the latest Anne Fontaine film, Gemma Bovery on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 pm at Living Room Theaters. More…

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015 7:00 PM

    Bal des Pompiers at Vie de Bohème

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    Have you ever dreamed of spending an evening dancing in Paris, enjoying French Music (Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Yves Montand) while drinking French wines and eating French food? It’s a tradition in France to have a Fireman’s Ball (le bal des pompiers) on Bastille Day to thank them for all their hard work. More…

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 8:00 PM

    Summer Camps for Children 2015

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    The Alliance will offer three half-day French-language summer camps for children this summer. Class size is typically 5-9 students. Descriptions are below. Enroll by calling the Alliance office at 503 223 8388. More…

    Monday, July 13, 2015


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