Learning French at AF of Portland

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  • French Classes Portland Spring 2015

    The Alliance's 10-week spring term runs March 30 through June 6, 2015. The summer term will run June 22 to August 29. 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; 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

    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

    Spring Online Auction Is Open for Bids!

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    The Spring “French Flair” online auction is now open for bidding — everyone is invited to participate! More…

    Sunday, May 17, 2015

    Got a Green Thumb? La main verte?  

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    Do you have a “green thumb” or “la main verte“? Friday, May 22, the Alliance will offer a 1.5-hour workshop exploring this and other “expressions traduisibles ou non.” More…

    Friday, May 22, 2015 6:15 PM

    Alliance – PSU Ciné Club Meeting

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    The 1st Ciné Club Discussion will be held at the Alliance on May 29, 2015 in English (6:15- 7:15pm) and in French (7:30-8:30pm). More…

    Friday, May 29, 2015

    French Immersion on the Willamette

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    The Alliance kicks off its 8th year of immersion programs for adults this summer. These popular week-long and weekend programs, for levels A2/B1 and B2, are taught by multiple native-fluent Alliance instructors More…

    Monday, June 15, 2015


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