Why Learn French?

Talk to more people! There are more than 200 million French speakers on the five continents. French is the second most widely learned foreign language in the world after English.

A knowledge of French opens the doors of companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and Africa).

Speaking French opens up opportunities at renowned French universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world.

French is a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love. French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking.


Adult classes (18+) are taught in French by a native-fluent instructor in a stress-free, exam-free environment.

Year-round Programs

• Core classes are general French classes that develop the acquisition of the four competencies for mastering a foreign language: oral comprehension, oral production, written comprehension, and written production.

• Specialty classes are designed to help the student acquire specific skills in depth, such as grammar or conversation.

• Cultural classes are centered around particular cultural fields – such as history, literature, or art – and are predominently conversational in approach. 

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.


Kick Start: An intensive series of in-depth review and practice sessions over four days, with 2.5 hours of class each day for A1, A2, and B1 level students. The material is provided by the teacher and covers topics from prior core classes, often presented with a seasonal theme.

• Try Something New Week (TSNW):  An exclusive week  of workshops in March, these two hour sessions cover an extensive range of predominently cultural subjects. TSNW is offered for A1 through C1 level students.


Available to start year round, these made-to-measure lessons can be one-on-one or in small group classes. Students focus on particular skills or competencies. Visit the private class page.

In response to COVID19, the Alliance has been keeping its social distance by only offering online classes. In 2022 we will begin to integrate online and In Person classes, starting with In Person classes for children Winter Term.

Getting started

• All students who are new to the Portland Alliance are asked to take a Placement Test.
• Classes are categorized by level. Find out your level by consulting the standardized descriptions of levels.
• Make sure you meet the class prerequistes or the equivalent  before you enroll.
• Hold a current membership to the Portland Alliance.
• Choose classes that correspond to your abilities and interests.

types of classes

• Every class has been developed for learners at a certain level in their learning process. 
• Choose a Regular or Accelerated Pace for 100-200 level Core classes.
• Beginners have the option to ease into French with an Introduction to French.
• Consult the Alliance office for more information or assistance.

what to expect 

• Native fluent teachers trained in teaching French as a foreign language.
• Small classes for maximum participation.
• Learn through the immersion method: Hear, speak, read, and write French in every class.
• Quality: The Alliance is part of a world-wide network that's taught French as a second language for over a hundred years.
• Live French: Become fluent in French culture as well.


FRENCH for Children, Ages 3-10

Play and Learn French,  Ages 3-5 and 6-9: This class uses the total immersion method to build language skills through fun activities. The class is structured around ritual-based repetition and  predictability and the surprise of new language elements in each class. This is an In Person class. Parents are asked to accompany children ages  3-5 to class.

General  French, Ages 7-10:  Students whose first language is not French will benefit from this textbook-based class, offered in two levels of beginning and continuing immersion. This class meets online.

Visit the French for Children and Youth page.

About In Person Classes for Children:  All Alliance staff is fully vaccinated. All students and parents are required to wear masks during class. The teacher may sometimes remove her mask during class.  


Private lessons are available on weekdays and Saturdays, at a schedule and pace appropriate to the student. The format can be one-on-one, or small private-group classes. 
Contact us to discuss options or to schedule sessions. 

For children, private lesson pricing is $45/hr for one student, $25/hr per student for groups of 2-4, or $19/hr per student for groups of 5+.

Visit the Private Classes page.

FRENCH for youth,
Ages 11-18

Beginner 1, Ages 11-14: Embark on a trip through francophone countries, guided by teenagers! Learn French with engaging content and project-based modules. Based on authentic situations and teens interests, the “A la Une” textbook offers a dynamic approach to learning French.

Keep Up Your French, Ages 11-14 and Ages 15-18:
Designed for students who have a French immersion background or French family background and want to keep up their French skills. This class focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills  in a comfortable group setting. This class meets online.

AP French preparation course: Join a small group of students in preparing for the AP French Language and Culture exam.  The class emphasis is on preparation for the Free Response portion of the test. This class meets weekly for 1.5 hours. This class meets online. Inquiries about the class at info@afportland.org. 

Visit the French for Children and Youth page.



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.


The Alliance office is virtual
during the COVID pandemic.
Quickest contact is  info@afportland.org.
Leave a voicemail at  503.223.8388. 



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