Learning French at AF of Portland

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  • French Classes Portland Winter 2016

    The Alliance's 10-week winter term runs January 11 through March 19, 2016. The program includes classes for adults and a separate program 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.

    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 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 & Advanced Classes

    This level includes 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 programming offers classes for Anglophone children ages 5 through 14. There are also classes for children, ages 11-14, who have formerly attended French immersion schools and who wish to keep up their 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

    A journey through French Music with Singer Songwriter Eric John Kaiser


    Chanson Française” translated literally to “French Song.” The sound instantly evokes smokey Paris cafes, romance, sentimentality. Even more than that, Chanson Française is the beating heart of the French people, the social fabric woven into generations since the French Revolution.  More…

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    The Scoop on Immersion Programs in France


    If you’re thinking of attending one of the major French immersion programs in France, you’ll have some questions. More…

    Friday, December 4, 2015 6:15 PM

    Winter Open House December 10


    The Alliance’s Winter Term Portes Ouvertes December 10 is an opportunity for visitors, members, staff, and students to chat and enjoy a glass a wine. More…

    Thursday, December 10, 2015 6:15 PM

    Theater Weekend for Children (8-12) at the Alliance!


    Before the holidays, leave your kids for a weekend of theater at the Alliance with Pascaline while you go Christmas shopping! More…

    Saturday, December 12, 2015 10:00 AM

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