Learning French at AF of Portland

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  • French Classes Portland Winter 2017

    The Alliance's 10-week winter term runs January 9 to March 18, 2017. The spring term will run April 3 to June 12. 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 CPR106 and 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 and Advanced classes

    This level includes CPR206 and 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 programs offer classes for Anglophone children ages 2-14, and classes for children, ages 11-14, who have formerly attended French immersion schools and who wish to keep up their French. The parent-child classes (2-3 year olds, and 4-6 year olds) are designed to provide a playful, stimulating environment in which parents and children learn together. In the 7-10 and 11-14 classes, children will study French in an engaging, educational and age-appropriate environment through cultural and linguistic immersion. Following an interactive method designed especially for young learners, each session presents different themes and linguistic skills, allowing students to explore the French language and francophone culture. Classes are taught in 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

    December Workshops: Winter Boosters and Holiday Cheer

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    December is approaching –– time to make your French New Year’s resolutions and sign-up for our Booster and Holiday workshops December 5 – 17! More…

    Monday, December 5, 2016

    Don’t Miss Our Open House & Holiday Market December 8

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    We have a lot in store for you at the Winter Portes Ouvertes on December 8! More…

    Thursday, December 8, 2016 6:15 PM

    Blazers French Night January 2017 – Tickets Now Available

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    Fall is in the air and that means the Portland Trailblazers are back on the basketball court! Take in the special French Night Game on January 31, 2017. More…

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 7:00 PM

    Bergerac Bistro: Paris-in-Portland Dinner

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    The first Paris-in-Portland dinner of 2017 is slated at Bergerac Bistro on January 18. More…

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:00 PM


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