Learning French at AF of Portland

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  • French Classes Portland Fall 2018

    The Alliance's 10-week fall term runs September 10 through November 17, 2018. Fall term offers classes at all levels in programs for adults and 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. Please call 503.223.8388 to discuss options.

    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 Saison 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 Saison 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

    During the school year, 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. During summer term, camp sessions offer diverting and educational experiences for children from 6 to 17.

    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

    Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 in Portland


    The 17th Annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival will be held on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 6pm at the Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland. More…

    Friday, November 16, 2018 6:00 PM

    Win Two Tickets on Air France to Paris

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    Dreaming of Paris? Raffle tickets are now available for two roundtrip Air France tickets in Economy Class for travel between Seattle-SEA and Paris-CDG (Charles de Gaulle airport)! More…

    Friday, November 16, 2018 12:00 AM

    French Chanteur, Eric Vincent, Live at the Alliance!


    Frenchman singer Eric Vincent has a special passion for taking his music to every corner of the globe. He has  performed in more than 140 countries! More…

    Sunday, November 25, 2018 4:00 PM

    Register Now for Winter Workshops


    Winter Intersession 2018 runs November 26 to December 7 and offers over 25 different workshops. More…

    Monday, November 26, 2018

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