Learning French at AF of Portland

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  • French Classes Portland Summer 2014

    The Alliance's 10-week summer term runs June 23 through August 30, 2014, 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.

    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 and numbers, expressing preferences, "tu" vs. "vous" forms of address.

    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, conjugating verbs, expressing quantities, speaking of the immediate past and future, and more.

    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 opinions, intentions, preferences, events in all tenses, 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.

    Private Lessons for Children

    Private Lessons for Children are available at all times and at a schedule and pace appropriate to the student. Format can be one on one, or small private-group classes. Private lesson pricing for children is $45/hr for one student, $25 per student for groups of 2-3, and $15 an hour for groups of 4 or more. Those rate are valid for blocks of a minimum of 5 lessons (5 hours), pre-paid. Call 503.223.8388 to discuss options or to schedule your sessions.

    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

    Key Resources:

    The Alliance is pleased to highlight local resources that are of interest to students, travelers and the Francophone/Francophile communities. Click the bold titles below for more info.

    Traveling in France is where we list our recommendations for travel in Paris and the provinces. (Photo courtesy of YourOwnFrenchHome.com.)

    Conversation groups, some hosted by Alliance teachers and board members, meet in multiple locations around Portland.

    The Cercle Français offers lunchtime lectures in French at a church in downtown Portland.

    French Consular and Professional Services are often useful to those seeking visa/passport information, a translation service or other French-speaking professionals.

    The French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, based in Seattle, promotes trade and partners with the Alliance to produce events such as the spring gala and the Beaujolais Nouveau festival.

    Portland Accueil is a group of Francophones who organize activities for French-speaking newcomers to our area.

    “Les Amis” Program Offers Discounts

    Good news for Alliance members and prospective members: the Les Amis de l’Alliance program includes a list of 15 restaurants, retailers and service providers who generously offer 10% discounts to card-carrying Alliance members. Questions about the discount privileges or program? Email lindaw@afportland.org.

    French Events Portland

    Portland’s 7th Annual Concours de Tartes aux Fruits


    Portland’s 7th Annual Concours de Tartes aux Fruits, a competition of the region’s top pastry chefs, will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon Street in Portland. More…

    Thursday, August 7, 2014 5:30 PM

    Alliance Summer Camps for Children


    The Alliance will offer two half-day French-language summer camps for children this summer. More…

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Portland Art Museum Tour in French


    On Sunday, July 20, 2-3pm, the Alliance is partnering with the Portland Art Museum to organize a tour of the world-class Tuileries exhibit. More…

    Sunday, July 20, 2014 2:00 PM

    French on the Willamette


    Looking for an intensive immersion experience but can’t get away to the Riviera? Then consider a local immersion program in Oregon. More…

    Monday, June 16, 2014

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