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

    Paris in Portland Gala at the Old Church October 6


    Alliance members are invited to the Old Church’s gala, Paris in Portland, Saturday, October 6 from 6-10pm. More…

    Saturday, October 6, 2018 6:00 PM

    La Voix Humaine Reception October 11


    Come get a taste of Poulenc’s opera, La Voix Humaine, Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4pm at the Alliance. More…

    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Swagger Film Premiere in Portland


    On Saturday, September 29, the Alliance will conduct a premiere screening of the award-winning documentary, Swagger (in French with English subtitles). More…

    Saturday, September 29, 2018 6:30 PM

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