Learning French at AF of Portland

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  • French Classes Portland Summer 2017

    The Alliance's 10-week summer term runs June 19 through August 26, 2017, 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. 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 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 & Advanced Classes

    This level includes the 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

    Ladies’ Exclusive Film Night on June 11


    On Sunday, June 11 at 6pm, Judy Kafoury (Alliance Board Member) will host a Ladies’ Movie Night at her historic home in Irvington (NE Portland). More…

    Sunday, June 11, 2017 6:00 PM

    Silent Auction of Stellar Wine Racks


    On Saturday, May 20, 6:30-7:30pm the Alliance will hold a Wine Rack Silent Auction event at the Kamm House at which bidders can win one of several custom-crafted wine racks, holding anywhere from 4 to 30 wine bottles. More…

    Saturday, May 20, 2017 6:30 PM

    Alliance Summer Open House June 15

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    Visit the Alliance Française in the historic Kamm House in Goose Hollow on Thursday, June 15, at 6:15pm for the quarterly Open House. More…

    Thursday, June 15, 2017 6:15 PM

    French for Travelers: May Workshops


    During the month of May, the Alliance is offering a duo of French for Travelers workshops, each with sections for A1 and for A2/B1 students. More…

    Monday, May 15, 2017 10:00 AM

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