Learning French at AF of Portland

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  • French Classes Portland Spring 2018

    The Alliance's 10-week winter term runs April 2 to June 9, 2018. The summer term will run June 18 to August 25. The program includes classes for adults and a separate program for children. Private lessons are also available. Take our online placement test to assess your level or call our office at 503.223.8388 to discuss your needs. Note that we refer to the international standard CECR to describe levels: A1-A2 Basic/Beginner, B1-B2 Intermediate/Independent, C1-C2 Proficient/Advanced. Please call 503.223.8388 to discuss options.

    True Beginner Classes

    his 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 Saison 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 CPR106 and Saison 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 and Advanced Classes

    This level includes CPR206 and 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

    During the school year, the children's programs offer classes for Anglophone children ages 2-14, and classes for children, ages 11-14, who have formerly attended French immersion schools and who wish to keep up their French. During summer term, camp sessions offer diverting and educational experiences for children from 6 to 17.

    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

    Spring Term Runs April 2 – June 9


    It’s not too late to sign up for Spring Term, starting on April 2! More…

    Monday, April 2, 2018

    April in Paris Gala Soirée on April 21


    The Alliance is pleased to present its 5th Annual Gala, Soirée April in Paris, at the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) on April 21 from 5:30-10pm.  More…

    Saturday, April 21, 2018 5:30 PM

    Nicolas Quillé on the Red Wines of the Rhône Valley Region


    On Saturday, May 5, Nicolas Quillé will lead a tasting of select wines from the Rhône Valley. More…

    Saturday, May 5, 2018 5:30 PM

    Free French Song Recital May 2


    Enjoy a free concert featuring Chasons de Offenbach “la Perichole”, Piaf, and more. More…

    Wednesday, May 2, 2018 2:00 PM

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