Learning French at AF of Portland

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  • French Classes Portland Summer 2016

    The Alliance's 10-week spring term runs March 28 through June 6, 2016. The summer term will run June 20 to August 29. 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.

    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 CPR106 and 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 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

    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. The parent-child classes (2-3 year olds, and 4-6 year olds) are designed to provide a playful, stimulating environment in which parents and children learn together. In the 7-10 and 11-14 classes, children will study French in an engaging, educational and age-appropriate environment through cultural and linguistic immersion. Following an interactive method designed especially for young learners, each session presents different themes and linguistic skills, allowing students to explore the French language and francophone culture. Classes are taught in 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

    Bastille Day Wine Tasting at PAM

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    Enjoy a special wine tasting of four highly “slurpable” (and eminently affordable) summer wines at Bastille Day. More…

    Saturday, July 9, 2016 1:00 PM

    Celebrate Bastille Day July 9

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    The Alliance’s 14th annual Bastille Day Festival takes place on Saturday, July 9, 2016, from noon-6 pm. The Portland festival is one of the largest Bastille celebrations on the West Coast. More…

    Saturday, July 9, 2016 12:00 PM

    Bastille Day Portland 2016 Raffle

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    The French-American Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer this raffle for two round-trip Main Cabin (Economy Class) tickets from Seattle to Europe on Delta-operated flights. More…

    Thursday, July 14, 2016 6:30 PM

    Immersion Weeks and Weekends

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    Enjoy a French summer on the Willamette!
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    Saturday, June 18, 2016


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