Important Announcement

All group and private classes are taught online until further notice. The Alliance office is also virtual, and Kamm House is open only by appointment. Please contact us at  Learning Material pick-up dates at Kamm House: March 17, 19, 23, 25 and 27 from 11:00am-1:00pm.

    Winter-2 Drop-in Workshops

    Monday, February 15, 2021 - Saturday, March 13, 2021

    winter 2021 dropin workshops

    French on the Go, the 4 week drop-in workshop series, opens this winter with a flurry of new offerings to fire up your French language skills. Each week explores a different topic or theme and are offered as drop-in workshops ($28) or the bundle of four ($105). The next series of workshops begin February 15, 2021.

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    Exercise Your Grammar: Musical Edition

    A2/B1 level: Wednesdays 10:30-12:00pm.

    Who said studying grammar can't be fun? In this workshop you will improve your French grammar with contemporary French music.

    Workshop 1 (A2/B1): Le passé composé and l'imparfait with Ainsi valse la vie, Black M.

    Workshop 2 (A2/B1): Les questions and la description personnelle with Qui c'est celle là ?, Nach.

    Workshop 3 (A2/B1): Le verbe "faire" and related expressions with Il est où le bonheur ?, Christophe Mahé.

    Workshop 4 (A2/B1): Hypothèse and condition with Si, Zaz.




    B2/C1 level, Wednesdays 6-7:30pm.

    This series of workshops will allow you not only to develop your translation skills, but also learn how the French language works “from inside out” by comparing and contrasting it with English. Each workshop will introduce a specific translation challenge, illustrated by the short texts of various genres.

    Workshop 1: La traduction directe : le calque, l’emprunt

    Workshop 2: La traduction indirecte I : l’adaptation, le chassé-croisé

    Workshop 3: La traduction indirecte II : le contraire-négativé, les collocations, la compensation

    Workshop 4: Traduction collective : Georges Perec - Espèces d’espaces (1974)





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    Image à la loupe - Conversation Workshop

    B1/B2 level

    Tuesdays 10:30am-12pm.

    Train your observation skills and share your love of art. In this highly interactive workshop Elene will be guiding you through discovery of the two or three artworks per session. Just like in the museum!

    This class is full. Wait-list is available.






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    French Literature

    B1/B2 level, Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm.

    French Literature (B1/B2) embarks on four weekly themes through the works of Francophone authors. Take the chill off of French literature without being 100% proficient. Uncover themes of freedom, difference, memory and language through excerpts of fiction from the 19th and 20th centuries. This will allow you to strengthen your speaking and reading skills, as well as deepen your knowledge of les lettres françaises. The excerpts of the literary works will be read in class.

    Workshop 1: André Breton - Nadja (1928)

    Workshop 2: Jean-Paul Sartre - Les Mouches (1943), Huis clos (1944)

    Workshop 3: Nathalie Sarraute - Enfance (1982)

    Workshop 4: Marguerite Duras - L’Amant (1984)



    regions 2021Régions de France

    B2/C1, Thursdays 10-11:30am.

    Emmanuel vous fera voyager dans différentes régions de France à la découverte de leurs plus beaux monuments et de leur histoire. Ne manquez pas cette opportunité d’immersion dans la culture française tout en restant dans votre canapé!

    Cet hiver vous visiterez la Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur : le Gard, les Bouches du Rhône, le Var, les Alpes-Maritimes.

    Workshop 1: le Gard

    Workshop 2: les Bouches du Rhône

    Workshop 3: le Var

    Workshop 4: les Alpes-Maritimes








    Parking Information

    Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

    After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

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