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

    Jet Black Pearl at Vie de Bohème

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    International singer-songwriter Jet Black Pearl will perform at Vie de Bohème (1530 SE 7th Ave.) in SE Portland on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 8pm. More…

    Thursday, January 29, 2015 8:00 PM

    French Films & Shorts at PIFF

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    The 38th Annual Portland International Film Festival will run from Feb. 5-21 and will feature films at 8 venues in the Portland area. More…

    Thursday, February 5, 2015

     Siri Vik Performance on Oregon coast

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    The Lincoln City Cultural Center on the Oregon coast will present Siri Vik in a French cabaret-style tribute to Edith Piaf, Jacques Bel and others, on Saturday, Jan. 31. More…

    Saturday, January 31, 2015 7:00 PM

    Historian Joseph Bohling Speaks on Terroir in France

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    Joseph Bohling, Assistant Professor of History at PSU, will speak on the rise of terroir in post-World War II France at 6:15pm on March 6th at the Alliance’s Kamm House. More…

    Friday, March 6, 2015 6:15 PM


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