Learning French at AF of Portland

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  • French Classes Portland Winter 2015

    The Alliance's 10-week winter term runs January 5 through March 14, 2015. The following term (the Spring term) will run March 30 to June 6. 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 and numbers, expressing preferences, "tu" vs. "vous" forms of address; making a request; inviting, accepting and refusing; telling time; giving your opinion; expressing quantities; food.

    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, conjugating verbs, expressing quantities, speaking of the immediate past and future, and more.

    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 opinions, intentions, preferences, events in all tenses, 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

    Key Resources:

    The Alliance is pleased to highlight local resources that are of interest to students, travelers and the Francophone/Francophile communities. Click the bold titles below for more info.

    Traveling in France is where we list our recommendations for travel in Paris and the provinces. (Photo courtesy of YourOwnFrenchHome.com.)

    Conversation groups, some hosted by Alliance teachers and board members, meet in multiple locations around Portland.

    The Cercle Français offers lunchtime lectures in French at a church in downtown Portland.

    French Consular and Professional Services are often useful to those seeking visa/passport information, a translation service or other French-speaking professionals.

    The French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, based in Seattle, promotes trade and partners with the Alliance to produce events such as the spring gala and the Beaujolais Nouveau festival.

    Portland Accueil is a group of Francophones who organize activities for French-speaking newcomers to our area.

    “Les Amis” Program Offers Discounts

    Good news for Alliance members and prospective members: the Les Amis de l’Alliance program includes a list of 15 restaurants, retailers and service providers who generously offer 10% discounts to card-carrying Alliance members. Questions about the discount privileges or program? Email lindaw@afportland.org.

    French Events Portland

    Winter Term Begins in January

    The Alliance Francaise logo AF in lights

    Enrollment is now in progress for the 10-week Winter Term that runs January-March. There’s something for everyone, from True Beginners who want to experience the language for the first time, to Advanced Literature for those wanting to maintain a long-held mastery of the language. More…

    Monday, January 5, 2015

    Portland Opera’s CARMEN

    dramatic duet from Bizet's opera Carmen

    The Portland Opera continues its 50th season with French composer Georges Bizet’s CARMEN, February 6-14, 2015. More…

    Friday, February 6, 2015

    Highlights of the Canals and Rivers of France    

    Charming river barge on a French canal with trees in background.

    On Friday, January 23 at 6:15pm, the Alliance will host a presentation by Neil and Joan Malling on the highlights of the canals and rivers of France. More…

    Friday, January 23, 2015 6:15 PM

    Blazers French Night: Tickets Available

    PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 24:  Nicolas Batum #88 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots a free throw during the game against the Sacramento Kings on November 24, 2008 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.  The Blazers won 91-90.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE   (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

    The tradition of the French night at the Blazers continues in this next basketball season — the 7th annual French Night at the Moda Center will be on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30 pm. More…

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:30 PM


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