French Classes Portland Autumn 2016
The Alliance's 10-week summer term runs June 20 to August 29, 2016. The fall term will run September 12 through November 19. 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.
Targeting a specific class but not sure if it's a good fit?
Visit our Assessing Your Level Information page or find your level with our online assessment test (opens in a new window). After our local placement specialist receives your written test electronically, she will connect with you by phone to complete the oral assessment and will make recommendations for appropriate classes.
Immersion Programs in France
Discover opportunities for immersion study in France as you explore our immersion programs page (opens in a new window).
French for Adults
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.
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.
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.
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.
Private lessons are available at all times and at a schedule and pace appropriate to the student. Format can be one on one, or small private-group classes. Call 503.223.8388 to discuss options or to schedule your sessions. Private lesson pricing for adults is $47/hr for one student, $27 per student for groups of 2 and more. Semi-private lesson pricing for groups of 5 or more is $15/hour. In private lessons, teachers will develop coursework specific to the student’s needs and goals, including selection of a textbook and a defined curriculum. This private lesson format is suitable for students at all levels, from beginning to advanced. Students who already have a solid foundation in grammar and vocabulary at the intermediate and advanced levels may opt for a less structured “simple conversation” approach, for pure conversation practice. Called “Conversation à la carte”, these informal conversation sessions are not structured but are free-flow opportunities to dialogue in French with core staff members. The convo sessions are $15 per 30-minute block if purchased in a minimum pack of 5 ($75 for five 30-minute sessions or $150 for five 60-minute sessions). Otherwise the session is $20 per 30 minutes, if paid one at a time.
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 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.
Private lessons for children are available at all times and at a schedule and pace appropriate to the student. Format can be one on one, or small private-group classes. Private lesson pricing for children is $45/hr for one student, $25 per student for groups of 2-3, and $15 an hour for groups of 4 or more. Those rates are valid for blocks of a minimum of 5 lessons (5 hours), pre-paid. Call 503.223.8388 to discuss options or to schedule your sessions.