Learning French at AF of Portland

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  • French Classes Portland Fall 2014

    The Alliance's 10-week fall term runs September 15 through November 22, 2014. 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

    Classes at this level are primarily for students who are taking French for the very first time or who perhaps took a short class many years ago. Content covers greetings, introductions, nationalities and numbers, expressing preferences, tu vs. vous forms of address, and more.

    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

    Beaujolais Nouveau 2014


    The 13th Annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 6pm at the Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland. More…

    Friday, November 21, 2014 6:00 PM

    December Workshops Tempt with Variety


    Each December the Alliance features a “short term” between the 10-week fall and winter terms. More…

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    CINE-SALON: “La Jalousie” Premiere Screening 


    The Alliance will hold a special advance screening of the latest Philippe Garrel film, Jealousy (La Jalousie) on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7pm at Living Room Theaters. More…

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014 7:00 PM

    Holiday Portes Ouvertes – December 11


    The Alliance will hold its holiday Portes Ouvertes (Open House) event on Thursday, December 11 from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm. More…

    Thursday, December 11, 2014 6:15 PM

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