Learning French at AF of Portland

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  • French Classes Portland Spring 2017

    The Alliance's 10-week term runs April 3 to June 12, 2017. 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

    French Winemaker Nicolas Quillé on Wine Appreciation and the Rise of the Classic French Rosé


    Frenchman Nicolas Quillé, GM and Head Winemaker for Pacific Rim and Company, will hold a wine appreciation/ education seminar with a curated tasting of four top-quality French rosés made from the different grapes of Champagne, Provence, Rhône (Tavel), Loire (Sancerre). More…

    Saturday, May 20, 2017 5:30 PM

    Paris-in-Portland Dinner at St. Jack’s


    Experience Paris in Portland on Tuesday, June 6, at St Jack’s on NW 23rd Avenue, at 6:00 p.m. More…

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017 6:00 PM

    Walking the Grandes Randonnées of France


    Due to popular demand, Gerald Cosby will present his seminar on “Walking the Grandes Randonnées of France” on June 9. France has around 60,000 kilometers of Grandes Randonnées (long-distance trails). More…

    Friday, June 9, 2017 6:15 PM

    Enjoy a Comedy & Learn French Too


    Feel like watching a highly entertaining comedy and picking up some new vocabulary at the same time? Then sign up for our new Ciné event on Friday, April 28 at 6:15 pm. More…

    Friday, April 28, 2017 6:15 PM

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