Summer Term Mini Classes

Mini classes  are a perfect opportunity to keep studying French without a long commitment. Each class targets a specific area or theme. Mini classes are offered in a series of 4-weeks, 1h30 hours per session:

Series 1: June 13 - July 9 (No class on July 4. Monday classes end July 11)
Series 2: July 11 - August 6 (Monday classes start July 18)
Series 3: August 8 - September 3

Below you'll find the details about each series. Scroll all the way down for registration. REGISTRATION CLOSES 24H BEFORE CLASS BEGINS. Contact the office for last minute registration info@afportland.org.

Series 3 Schedule: August 8 - September 3

Beginning A1 - In English


Sounding French

Do you need help with French pronunciation or understanding spoken French? In this class, primarily in English, you will have an opportunity to understand in depth the most common challenges that face English speakers regarding French phonetics. Practice pronunciation as well as orthography (spelling) to better understand the relationship between the spoken and written word.

Some French required
Wed 10:30-12p, in-person
August 10 - August 31. With Lyla Menzel


Beginning A1


Mastering Verbs A1

This four week class will review different verbs and tenses every week through drills and conversation while incorporating and revisiting vocabulary typically learned in the A1 series. This is a repeat of Series 1 in June.

Week 1: Review the present tense conjugation of regular verbs.
Week 2: Review the present tense conjugation of typical irregular verbs.
Week 3: Compound verb structures. Students will review the future proche and the modal verbs pouvoir, vouloir, and devoir.
Week 4: Review the introductory past tenses such as passé composé with avoir and être, and the use of the passé récent to express things that just happened or that you have just done.

Prerequisites: Edito 104 or equivalent

Fri 10-11:30p, online
August 12 - September 2. With Julie Nelson

Wed 2:45-4:15pm, in-person
August 10 - August 31. With Julie Nelson

Learning With Dictée -A1

La dictée is how the French learn French. Considered to be one of the best ways to learn the nuances of spelling and grammar in the French language, it is done by millions of children in French schools every day. In this 4-week class, you will improve your listening comprehension skills, spelling, and vocabulary while solidifying your understanding of grammatical points taught in the Édito A1 method. Learn the same way as the French do: through a series of dictation activities and short discussions about some of the most troublesome areas of spelling, agreement, and conjugation.

Prerequisites: Edito 103 or equivalent
Tues 6-7:30p, online
August 9 - August 30. With Linda Blanchette


Sounding French - A1

Pronunciation is the key to successful communication in French, and this 4-week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for beginning learners of French studying at the A1 level. You will improve your speech, comprehension and pronunciation as you examine the link between spoken and written French – intonation, rhythm, vowels, liaison, and mute final letters.

Prerequisites: Edito 103 or equivalent
Wed 4-5:30p, online
August 10 - August 31. With Marisa Ikert

Wed 1-2:30p, In-person
August 10 - August 31. With Lyla Menzel



Lower Intermediate A2 and A2/B1 Levels



Mastering Verbs - A2

This four week class will review the different formation and use of various verb tenses each week through drills and conversation, in addition to incorporating and revisiting vocabulary typically learned in the A2 series.  This is a repeat of Series 1 in June.

Week 1: Students will review the passé composé.
Week 2: Students will review the formation and use of the imparfait.
Week 3: Students will review the use of the passé composé and imparfait when used together.
Week 4: Students will review expressions of time with present and past tense verbs.

Prerequisites: Edito 201 or equivalent
Wed 1-2:30pm, in-person
August 10 - August 31. With Julie Nelson

Learning With Dictée - A2/B1

La dictée is how the French learn French. Considered to be one of the best ways to learn the nuances of spelling and grammar in the French language, it is done by millions of children in French schools every day. In this four week class, you will improve your listening comprehension skills, spelling, and vocabulary while solidifying your understanding of intermediate grammatical points the same way as the French do: through a series of dictation activities and short discussions about some of the most troublesome areas of spelling, agreement, and conjugation.  

Prerequisites: Edito 203 or equivalent
Mon 1-2:30p, Online
August 8 - August 29. With Julie Nelson

Sounding French - A2/B1

Pronunciation is the key to successful communication in French. This four week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for intermediate learners of French, studying at the A2 and B1 level. The focus will be on intonation and rhythm, and the link between written and spoken French. Through a variety of word games, dictations, and tongue twisters, you will improve not only your pronunciation and accent, but also your listening comprehension and grammar.  

Prerequisites: Edito 203 or equivalent
Thurs 10:30-12a, in-person
August 11 - September 1. With Lyla Menzel

Mon 2:45-4:15p, Online
August 8 - August 29. With Julie Nelson


Intermediate B1 and Upper Intermediate B2 Levels


Grammar in Context B1/B2

Learn or review essential grammatical concepts for the B1/B2 level through authentic songs, readings, video clips, and games in this engaging mini-class. Series 3 will focus on: futur simple et futur antérieur, subjonctif, pronoms COD et COI

Prerequisites: CECR B1
Tues 4-5:30p, online
August 9 - August 30. With Marisa Ikert


Mastering Verbs - B1

This four week class will review different verb tenses and moods through drills and conversation while incorporating and refreshing vocabulary typically learned in the B1 series.  This is a repeat of Series 1 in June.

Week 1: Narrating past events. Students will review the use of the passé composé, imparfait, and plus-que-parfait when narrating past events.
Week 2: Moods and modes (part I): Students will review formation and use of the subjunctive.
Week 3: Moods and modes (part II): Students will continue to review subjective uses, including when to choose the subjunctive or indicative.
Week 4: Conditions and hypotheses: Students will review future simple and conditional tenses, as well as how to speak about hypothetical situations using both tenses.

Prerequisites: CECR B1
Thurs 6-7:30p, online
August 11 - September 1. With Julie Nelson

Women in 17th-century French literature and society: Les salonnières et la préciosité B1/B2

Discover how women shaped the language and culture of early modern France through this unique peek into 17th-century French literature and society. In this workshop, we will learn about the social structure of Ancien Régime France, including the role of women as hosts of “salons.” We will then study the unique language of “préciosité,” a style of speaking and writing created by the women of the salons, by reading and acting out scenes from Molière’s plays “Les Femmes savantes” and “Les Précieuses ridicules.”

Prerequistes: CECR B1
Wed 6-7:30p, online
August 10 - August 31. With Marisa Ikert


Advanced B2/C1 Levels


Sounding French - b2/c1

This 4-week class will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for advanced learners of French studying at the B2 and C1 levels.

Prerequisites: CECR B2
Wed 12:30-2p, online
August 10 - August 31. With Karim Maalem

Conversation and Grammar - b2/c1

Improve your grammar through engaging conversations and fun activities. More details coming soon.

Prerequisites: CECR B2
Wed 10-11:30a, Online
August 10 - August 31 With Karim Maalem

Wed 6-7:30p, online
August 10 - August 31. With Anna Alexis Michel

Régions de France

Partez en vacances en Provence avec l'Alliance ! Emmanuel vous emmène dans ses valises pour une visite en PACA, Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur. Il vous propose plusieurs présentations des départements qui composent la région, de leur histoire et de leurs plus beaux villages, dont les Bouches du Rhône, les Alpes de Haute Provence, les Alpes Maritimes, le Var, le Vaucluse et les Hautes Alpes.

Prerequisites: CECR B2
Thursday 9-10:30a, Online
August 11 - September 1. With Emmanuel Laurin





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