For different learning profiles and personal schedules, the Alliance Française de Portland offers different ways to begin the
adventure of learning French. Choose the path that corresponds to your goals and needs. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to
findout about beginner French classes (this list includes all of the classes at A0 and A1 levels). If you have questions, please write
Things to know about beginner classes at our school:
We teach French using the full immersion method.
Not ready for immersion? Take a 5-week "Intro to French - 100" class, led in English, to prepare for Beginning 101, the first full
You may choose core classes to begin French studies. Your fist step should be 101 class.
Do you have some time on your hands and would like to progress faster? Or have you studied French a while ago and want to go
back to it? Then consider an Accelerated Pace class and finish a level twice as fast as in a regularly paced class. Start
with 101-102 Accelerated.
Want to start progressing in conversational French? Choose Essential Everyday French True Beginner class.
Beginner Classes (except Intro to French - 100) are taught in 10-week modules.
Beginning A1 level classes go from 101 to 106
All of our teachers are native fluent and trained to teach French as a second language.
Depending on programs available, beginners may have access to workshops, mini classes, or seasonal specials.
Here are three different classes to start learning French
Have you been thinking of taking the leap into French but are apprehensive of the immersive learning style? Do you feel you might
benefit from extra foundation work before diving into the full 100 series? If so, our Introduction to French course may be the
perfect fit for you! This course is designed to help prepare you for French immersion through a gentle introduction to the method,
supplemented with English. You’ll have the opportunity to learn useful classroom expressions in French in addition to some of the
basics that will allow you to continue with confidence into Beginning French 101.
Basic communication is introduced as well as essential grammar and phonetics. Appropriate for beginning students with minimal or
Essential Everyday French-True Beginner
This class is for true beginnings and focuses on basic communication: conveying an idea, responding and reacting during a conversation, and
understanding spoken French. Interaction and exchanges between students are facilitated by the instructor following weekly thematic topics
that include essential vocabulary and grammar.
This is a beginning French class designed for highly motivated language learners and/or those who have taken French in the past or who had
some exposure and need to cover the basics. The class combines True Beginner 101 and Beginner 102 into one term by selectively exposing
students to the necessary content to continue with confidence into Beginner 103.
This course is designed to help prepare you for French immersion through a gentle introduction to the method supplemented with English.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn useful classroom expressions in French in addition to some of the basics of the language that will
allow you to continue with confidence into Beginning French 101.
This beginning Core Class combines Beginner 101 and Beginner 102 into one term and is for highly motivated students and/or those who have taken French in the past or had some exposure and need to revisit the basics.
This beginning Core Class combines Beginner 103 and Beginner 104 into one term and is for highly motivated students and/or those
who have taken French in the past or had some exposure and need to revisit the basics.
This Continuing Core class for highly motivated language learners combines Beginning 105 and 106 into one term. Students are exposed to
the necessary content to continue with confidence into Intermediate 201.
Cross the bridge from A1 to A2 in this transition class where students will gain confidence in their spoken communication skills through
review of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation learned in the Édito A1 sequence.
Ouaf ouaf, miaou: Reading comprehension with Albert & Folio
“Les aventures d’Albert & Folio” is an illustrated book series aimed at beginning French learners that recounts the escapades of a cat
and dog living in Paris. Through an engaging audio narration, visual aids, and repeated essential vocabulary, beginning students with some
experience will rapidly gain understanding of sentence structure and high-frequency words and expressions in French, particularly around the
themes of animals, families, sensations and emotions. In each class, we will read and listen along with one or two of these short books, go
over key vocabulary and check for comprehension, and engage in discussions and creative activities at students’ level.
Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot A 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.