Learning French at AF of Portland

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  • French Classes Portland Winter 2018

    The Alliance's 10-week winter term runs January 8 to March 17, 2018. The spring term will run April 2 to June 9. 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

    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

    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.


    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

    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

    Cercle Francais: Le Noel traditionnel français


    Notre prochaine réunion du Cercle Français aura lieu le jeudi 14 décembre à 12 heures à Kamm House pour célébrer le Noël traditionnel français. More…

    Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:00 PM

    Last Call! French Night with the Blazers


    The Portland Trail Blazers are excited to host the annual French Night at the Moda Center on December 20! More…

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017 8:00 AM

    French Winemaker Nicolas Quillé on the Sparkling and Dessert Wines of France 


    Frenchman Nicolas Quillé will hold a wine appreciation/education seminar with a curated tasting of France’s sparking and dessert wines.  More…

    Saturday, February 10, 2018 5:30 PM

    Paris in Portland at Bergerac Bistro


    The first Paris-in-Portland dinner of 2018 features cassoulet at Bergerac Bistro, Wednesday, January 17. More…

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018 6:30 PM

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