True Beginner French Classes

These are classes 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.

Beginning Saison 101

Communication: Greetings; introducing oneself and others; asking and responding to questions; identifying colors, emotions, professions, nationalities and languages; counting to 1000.

Grammar:  Definite/indefinite articles; "être, avoir", - ER verbs; negation  "ne…pas";  stress pronouns; interrogatives "est-ce que, qui, quel"; prepositions "à, en, au, aux."

Phonetics:  Alphabet; silent final consonants; [œ̃], [yn].

Beginning Saison 101/102 (Accelerated)

Required: N/A. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Description: This course will cover material in both the Saison 101 & Saison 102 classes. Communication: Greetings, introductions, nationalities and numbers, expressing preferences, "tu" vs. "vous" forms of address; making a request; inviting, accepting and refusing; telling time; giving your opinion. Grammar: Basic irregular verbs; ‘er’ verbs ; introduction to pronouns adjectives and articles; possessives; interrogative forms; alphabet; numbers; "ne pas"; near future tense; "il y a"; direct object pronouns; introduction to passé composé with "avoir"; idiomatic expressions. Phonetics: Intonation, rhythm, elision, vowel sounds, final sounds, some consonant sounds, liaison. Appropriate for those who have had a little French, but don’t feel prepared to start right off with 102.

Communication: Greetings, describing/introducing oneself and others; discussing likes and dislikes; future plans.

Grammar: Verbs "to be", "to have", " to do" , “to go” and the -ER conjugation; introduction to pronouns; masculine/feminine adjectives; possessives; alphabet; numbers; “c’est” vs. “il est”; negation with "ne... pas"; near future tense.

Phonetics: [i], [y], [u] & intonation, elision, rhythm.

Beginner French Classes [A1]

Immediately following the True Beginner Classes, the 102 to 106 series (CECR A1) 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.

Beginning Saison 102

Required: Saison 101 or equiv.

Communication: Describing people, lodging, leisure and daily activities; expressing one’s preferences; responding to ads; telling time.

GrammarGender and number of nouns/adjectives; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; futur proche; quel/quelle…;  prepositions of place – dans/chez/sur/sous; on = nous; verbs:  venir, aller, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.

Phonetics: Plural  liaison; /y /, /EU/, /E/.

Beginning Saison 103

Required: Saison 102 or equiv.

Communication: Describing clothing, a past outing, a film; expressing one’s opinion, congratulations; writing a recipe, invitation, correspondence; ordering in a restaurant; conversing at table, in a store.

GrammarDemonstrative adjectives; adverbs of frequency; reflexive verbs; imperative; partitive article & quantities;  passé composé w/ être; imperfect tense; negation  - ne…plus, ne…jamais; en; il faut.

Phonetics: Intonation; /o/ / ɔ̃ /; /a / / ã /.

Beginning Saison 104

Required: Saison 103 or equiv.

Communication: Describing a city, objects; asking for and giving directions; providing details; creating a classified ad; expressing (dis)agreement; obligation/interdiction.

Grammar: Placement of adjectives; prendre, faire; pronoun “y”; prepositions of place; comparisons; imperfect and past perfect tenses; negative imperative; relative pronouns qui/que.                                                                                                                                                   

Phonetics: / i / /y /; /s / / z /; / y / / u /; / R / / l /.

Beginning Saison 105

Required: 104 or equiv.

Communication: Comparisons; speaking of the past & future; quantity; expressing agreement/disagreement; understanding and describing the weather; describing a person; expressing your wishes; writing a letter and a story.

GrammarInterrogation with inversion; reflexive verbs; imparfait; simple future; present subjunctive; negations with "ne...plus, ne...que" and "ne...jamais"; “sortir, partir, quitter, s’en aller”; “dans” vs. “en” in time expressions; sequence words: “d'abord, puis, enfin”; “en” to express quantity; pronoun placement with the imperative.

Phonetics: Nasal and non-nasal vowel pairs: [a] – [ɑ̃], [o] – [ɔ̃], [ɛ] – [ɛ̃].

Intermediate French Classes [A2]

Classes in the range of 201 to 206 (CECR A2) 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.

Conversation, Pronunciation, Review (CPR) 106

Required: 105 or equiv.

CPR106 - Conversation, Pronunciation, Review. This class has been designed as a juncture between the 100 and the 200 levels. It is perfect for those who want to build strong conversational and pronunciation skills and review some grammar before moving on to the next textbook Saison 2). This class is also a great choice for students currently enrolled in 105/201 who are interested in attending class twice a week, and in augmenting their textbook-based class with a course focusing on conversation and pronunciation.

Intermediate Saison 201

Required: CPR 106 (preferred)/Saison 105 or equiv.

CommunicationExpressing difficulty; describing personalities, physical traits, interests and leisure activities.

GrammarPast participle agreement w/"avoir"; relative pronouns "qui, que, ce qui, ce que"; imperfect tense. 

Phonetics: Liaison; final consonants.

Intermediate Saison 202

Required: 201 or equiv.

Communication: Speaking of one's studies and career; building a network; social media.

Grammar: Passé composé and imparfait; direct and indirect object pronouns; inverted questions; reported speech.

Phonetics: Silent /e/; vowels.

Intermediate Saison 203

Required: 202 or equiv.

Communication: Describing objects; expressing indifference, ignorance, reassurance; writing a for-sale ad; talking about one’s past; identifying stereotypes; conversing on the phone.

Grammar: Comparative & superlative adjectives; demonstrative & interrogative pronouns; subjunctive mood; gerunds; pluperfect; pronouns - en/y/où/dont; verbs – vivre/valoir/accueillir.

Phonetics: / y / /Ø / /oe /; / i / / e / / Ɛ /; / / ã // ɔ̃ /; / j /.

Intermediate Saison 205

Required: 204 or equiv.

Communication: Structuring and adding nuance to proposals; written communication (email/letter); formulating a complaint or a protest; highlighting or placing emphasis, explaining cause and consequence.

Grammar: Using the hypothetical / conditional, adverbial expressions with “en –ant"; passive voice; double pronouns; the subjunctive; verbs - vaincre/conclure/résoudre.

Phonetics: /u/; /w/; oral and nasal vowels.

Art

Bring your walking shoes and notebooks for five weeks of art critique and Portland Art Museum visits. This class will enrich your vocabulary and improve your communication skills through close observation of artworks and slow looking. During each museum visit, students will have the opportunity to present individual critiques or share as a group. The first class will be held in the Kamm House; the following four will meet at the PAM.

Independent French Classes [B1]

This level includes the popular Edito-based classes for mastery of B1 material, as well as themed classes in literature, travel, culture, current events and conversation.

Proficient French Classes [B2]

This level includes the popular Advanced-Edito based classes for mastery of B2 material, as well as themed classes in literature, cinema, translation, culture, and a variety of text-based conversation classes.

Intersession Workshops

Intersession workshops are typically single classes and focus on a specific subject. They're sometimes helpful for reviewing one level before moving on to the next.

 

Advanced French Classes [C1]

This level includes classes in literature, current events, cinema, translation, arts and culture, and a variety of text-based conversation courses for mastery of C1 material.

Private Lessons for Adults

Private lessons are available Monday through Saturday following a schedule and pace appropriate to the student. Format can be one on one, or small private-group classes. Call 503-223-8388 to discuss options or to schedule your sessions.

Private lesson pricing for adults is $47/hr for one student, $27/hr per student for groups of 2 -4,  $15/hr for groups of 5+.

In private lessons, teachers will develop coursework specific to the student’s needs and goals, including selection of a textbook and a defined curriculum. This private lesson format is suitable for students at all levels, from beginning to advanced.

Students at the intermediate and advanced levels may opt for a less structured approach for pure conversation practice. Called “Conversation à la carte”, these informal conversation sessions are free-flow opportunities to dialogue in French. The convo sessions are $15 per 30-minute block if purchased in a minimum pack of 5 ($75 for five 30-minute sessions or $150 for five 60-minute sessions). The session is $20 per 30 minutes, if paid one at a time.

Beginning Saison 101 : 101-E

Fridays at 10-12:15pm
01/11/2019 to 03/15/2019
Instructor: Jack Seiber

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Greetings; introducing oneself and others; asking and responding to questions; identifying colors, emotions, professions, nationalities and languages; counting to 1000.

Grammar: Definite/indefinite articles; "être, avoir", - ER verbs; negation "ne…pas"; stress pronouns; interrogatives "est-ce que, qui, quel"; prepositions "à, en, au, aux."

Phonetics: Alphabet; silent final consonants; /œ̃/ /yn/.

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Beginning Saison 102 : 102-A

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Camille Crampsey

Required: 101 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Describing people, lodging, leisure and daily activities; expressing one’s preferences; responding to ads; telling time.

Grammar: Gender and number of nouns/adjectives; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; futur proche; quel/quelle…; prepositions of place – dans/chez/sur/sous; on = nous; verbs: venir, aller, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.

Phonetics: Plural liaison; /y/, /EU, /E/

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Beginning Saison 104 : 104-A

Thursdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Julie Nelson

Required: 103 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1/A2 level.

Communication: Describing a city, objects; asking for and giving directions; providing details; creating a classified ad; expressing (dis)agreement; obligation/interdiction.

Grammar: Placement of adjectives; prendre, faire; pronoun “y”; prepositions of place; comparisons; imperfect and past perfect tenses; negative imperative; relative pronouns qui/que.

Phonetics: / i / /y / /s / / z / / y / / u / / R / / l /.

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Conversation, Pronunciation, Review (CPR) : 106-A

Tuesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

Required: 105 or equiv.. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Conversation: Travel, communication, the media, food, and current events.

Pronunciation: Includes: [r] and [l], [y], [u], nasal vowels, intonation, and accentuation patterns.

Review: Irregular verbs, passé composé, articles, pronouns, the negation.

Note: Comprehension, Pronunciation, Review. This class has been designed as a juncture between the 100 and the 200 levels. It is perfect for those who want to build strong conversational and pronunciation skills and review some grammar before moving on to the next textbook (Saison 2). This class is also a great choice for students currently enrolled in 105/201 who are interested in attending class twice a week, and in augmenting their textbook-based class with a course focusing on conversation and pronunciation.

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Intermediate Saison 202 : 202-B

Thursdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Jack Seiber

Required: 201 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Communication: Speaking of one's studies and career; building a network; social media.

Grammar: Passé composé and imparfait; direct and indirect object pronouns; inverted questions; reported speech. Verbs - mettre, suivre. 

Phonetics: Silent /e/; vowels.

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Intermediate Saison 203 : 203-A

Tuesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Nathalie Gerts

Required: 202 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Communication: Describing objects; expressing indifference, ignorance, reassurance; writing a for-sale ad; talking about one’s past; identifying stereotypes; conversing on the phone.

Grammar: Comparative & superlative adjectives; demonstrative & interrogative pronouns; subjunctive mood; gerunds; pluperfect; pronouns - en/y/où/dont; verbs – vivre/valoir/accueillir.

Phonetics: / y / /Ø / /oe /; / i / / e / / Ɛ /; / / ã // ɔ̃ /; / j /.

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Conversation, Pronunciation, Review (CPR) : 206-A

Wednesdays at 1-3:15pm
01/09/2019 to 03/13/2019
Instructor: Jack Seiber

Required: 205 or equiv.. Prepare for CECR B1 level.

Conversation: Daily life, the city, food, fashion, the arts, and current events.

Pronunciation: Includes: the nasal vowels, intonation, /ø/, /o/; /ks/, /gz/; /j/ /w/

Review: Passé composé and imparfait, plus-que-parfait, subjunctive, prepositions, conditional and hypothesis, pronouns.

Note: CPR206 - Comprehension, Pronunciation, Review. This class has been designed as a juncture between the 200 and the Edito levels. It is perfect for those who want to build strong conversational and pronunciation skills and review some grammar before moving on to the next textbook (Edito B1). This class is also a great choice for students currently enrolled in 205/Edito B1 who are interested in attending class twice a week and, in augmenting their textbook-based class with a course focusing on conversation and pronunciation.

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Litterature Avancée : LIT ADV

Mondays at 1:30pm-3:45pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Nathalie Gerts

Required: Edito B2 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B2/C1 level.

 

Description: “ La Puce à l’oreille” de Claude Duneton est un recueil de petites histoires attrayantes qui vous feront découvrir l’anthologie d’un grand nombre d’expressions populaires françaises avec leur origine. Recommandé pour les élèves de bon niveau avancé voulant approfondir la connaissance de la langue française.

 

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Beginning Saison 103 : 103-A

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Rachele Avolio

Required: 102 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1/A2 level.

Communication: Describing clothing, a past outing, a film; expressing one’s opinion, congratulations; writing a recipe, invitation, correspondence; ordering in a restaurant; conversing at table, in a store.

Grammar: Demonstrative adjectives; adverbs of frequency; reflexive verbs; imperative; partitive article & quantities;  passé composé w/ être; imperfect tense; negation - ne…plus, ne…jamais; en; il faut.

Phonetics: Intonation; /o/ / ɔ̃ /; /a / / ã /.

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Beginning Saison 101 : 101-A

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Laure Dutirou-Mason

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Greetings; introducing oneself and others; asking and responding to questions; identifying colors, emotions, professions, nationalities and languages; counting to 1000.

Grammar: Definite/indefinite articles; "être, avoir", - ER verbs; negation "ne…pas"; stress pronouns; interrogatives "est-ce que, qui, quel"; prepositions "à, en, au, aux."

Phonetics: Alphabet; silent final consonants; /œ̃/ /yn/.

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Beginning Saison 101 : 101-B

Wednesdays at 10-12:15pm
01/09/2019 to 03/13/2019
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Greetings; introducing oneself and others; asking and responding to questions; identifying colors, emotions, professions, nationalities and languages; counting to 1000.

Grammar: Definite/indefinite articles; "être, avoir", - ER verbs; negation "ne…pas"; stress pronouns; interrogatives "est-ce que, qui, quel"; prepositions "à, en, au, aux."

Phonetics: Alphabet; silent final consonants; /œ̃/ /yn/.

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Beginning Saison 102 : 102-D

Thursdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Laure Dutirou-Mason

Required: 101 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Describing people, lodging, leisure and daily activities; expressing one’s preferences; responding to ads; telling time.

Grammar: Gender and number of nouns/adjectives; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; futur proche; quel/quelle…; prepositions of place – dans/chez/sur/sous; on = nous; verbs: venir, aller, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.

Phonetics: Plural liaison; /y/, /EU, /E/

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Conversation, Pronunciation, Review (CPR) : 106-B

Thursdays at 10-12:15pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Jack Seiber

Required: 105 or equiv.. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Conversation: Travel, communication, the media, food, and current events.

Pronunciation: Includes: [r] and [l], [y], [u], nasal vowels, intonation, and accentuation patterns.

Review: Irregular verbs, passé composé, articles, pronouns, the negation.

Note: Comprehension, Pronunciation, Review. This class has been designed as a juncture between the 100 and the 200 levels. It is perfect for those who want to build strong conversational and pronunciation skills and review some grammar before moving on to the next textbook (Saison 2). This class is also a great choice for students currently enrolled in 105/201 who are interested in attending class twice a week, and in augmenting their textbook-based class with a course focusing on conversation and pronunciation.

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Perfecting through Edito B1 : ED-A:5

Wednesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/09/2019 to 03/13/2019
Instructor: Francine Martinie Chough

Required: 206 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B1 level.

Description: Edito is a method geared toward adults and mature adolescents wishing to gain mastery of CECR level B1. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips), including the media, arts & culture, travel, history, the environment, the working world, and more. Edito classes can be taken in any sequence; thus the books (text and exercise book) are used for several terms. Each Edito class covers a different thematic unit. 

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Advanced Edito : EDA-B2:1/2

Fridays at 10-12:15pm
01/11/2019 to 03/15/2019
Instructor: Lucie Bonvalet

Required: Edito B1 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B2 level.

Description: Advanced Edito is a method geared toward adults wishing to gain mastery of CECR level B2. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips), including the media, arts & culture, travel, history, the environment, the working world, and more. Edito classes can be taken in any sequence; thus the books are used for several terms.

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Perfecting through Edito B1 : ED-B:3

Fridays at 10-12:15pm
01/11/2019 to 03/15/2019
Instructor: Linda Fuchs

Required: 206 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B1 level.

Description: Edito is a method geared toward adults and mature adolescents wishing to gain mastery of CECR level B1. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips), including the media, arts & culture, travel, history, the environment, the working world, and more. Edito classes can be taken in any sequence; thus the books (text and exercise book) are used for several terms. Each Edito class covers a different thematic unit.

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Culture et Littérature: XXe siècle : CultLit

Wednesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/09/2019 to 03/13/2019
Instructor: Khadija Khalife

Required: Edito B2 or equiv.

Description: Ce cours est un survol d’œuvres littéraires et artistiques qui ont marqué le 20e siècle et qui diffusent une vision d'un monde déstabilisé mais qui aspire à la libération et au renouveau. Parmi les auteurs abordés figurent Apollinaire, Gide, Proust, Breton, Eluard, Ionesco, Sartre, Camus, Prévert et Ponge. Côté artistique, seront étudiés la peinture (courants impressionniste, cubiste, surréaliste) ainsi que le cinéma, la musique, la danse et l'architecture.

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Beginning Saison 101/102 (Accelerated) : 101-102-A

Mondays at 10-12:15pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Patricia Bourque

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Description & Communication: Appropriate for those who already know a little French, and want to refresh their knowledge rapidly in a well-paced but faster class. True beginners are advised to sign up for 101.This class condenses the 101 and 102 Saison courses. Communication: Greetings, introductions, nationalities and numbers, expressing preferences, "tu" vs. "vous" forms of address; making a request; inviting, accepting and refusing; telling time; giving your opinion.

Grammar: Basic irregular verbs; ‘er’ verbs; introduction to pronouns adjectives and articles; possessives; interrogative forms; alphabet; numbers; "ne pas"; near future tense; "il y a"; direct object pronouns; introduction to passé composé with "avoir"; idiomatic expressions.

Phonetics: Intonation, rhythm, elision, vowel sounds, final sounds, some consonant sounds, liaison.

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Beginning Saison 102 : 102-E

Saturdays at 1:30pm-3:45pm
01/12/2019 to 03/16/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

Required: 101 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Describing people, lodging, leisure and daily activities; expressing one’s preferences; responding to ads; telling time.

Grammar: Gender and number of nouns/adjectives; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; futur proche; quel/quelle…; prepositions of place – dans/chez/sur/sous; on = nous; verbs: venir, aller, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.

Phonetics: Plural liaison; /y/, /EU, /E/

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Advanced Edito C1 : EDA-C1:3/4

Tuesdays at 1:30pm-3:45pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Nathalie Gerts

Required: Edito B2 or equiv. Prepare for CECR C1 level.

Description: Edito is for students wishing to master the C1 level. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips), including arts & culture, the media, travel, history, the environment, the working world, and more.  Edito classes cover different thematic units and can be taken in any sequence.

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Advanced Edito C1 : EDA-C1:1/2

Mondays at 10-12:15pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Lucie Bonvalet

Required: Edito B2 or equiv. Prepare for CECR C1 level.

Description: Advanced Edito is a method geared toward adults wishing to gain mastery of CECR level C1. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips), including the media, arts & culture, travel, history, the environment, the working world, and more. Edito classes can be taken in any sequence, and the books are used for multiple terms.

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Intermediate Saison 204 : 204-A

Thursdays at 10-12:15pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Benedicte McAlpine

Required: 203 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A2/B1 level.

Communication: Giving an order; responding to a question; promising; organizing one's discourse; speaking on the telephone; accuse, dispute, criticize; interacting over the telephone.

Grammar: “Le, en & y” replacing a proposition; formation of adverbs using -ment; articulations of discourse; working world vocabulary; clarifying.

Phonetics:

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Beginning Saison 102 : 102-A_copy522758410

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Camille Crampsey

Required: 101 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Describing people, lodging, leisure and daily activities; expressing one’s preferences; responding to ads; telling time.

Grammar: Gender and number of nouns/adjectives; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; futur proche; quel/quelle…; prepositions of place – dans/chez/sur/sous; on = nous; verbs: venir, aller, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.

Phonetics: Plural liaison; /y/, /EU, /E/

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Beginning Saison 105 : 105-A

Tuesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Khadija Khalife

Required: 104 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Communication: Comparisons; speaking of the past & future; quantity; expressing agreement/disagreement; understanding and describing the weather; describing a person; expressing your wishes; writing a letter and a story.

Grammar: Interrogation with inversion; reflexive verbs; imparfait; simple future; present subjunctive; negations with "ne...plus, ne...que" and "ne...jamais"; “sortir, partir, quitter, s’en aller”; “dans” vs. “en” in time expressions; sequence words: “d'abord, puis, enfin”; “en” to express quantity; pronoun placement with the imperative.

Phonetics: Nasal and non-nasal vowel pairs: [a] – [ɑ̃], [o] – [ɔ̃], [ɛ] – [ɛ̃]

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Beginning Saison 101 : 101-C

Thursdays at 10-12:15pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Greetings; introducing oneself and others; asking and responding to questions; identifying colors, emotions, professions, nationalities and languages; counting to 1000.

Grammar: Definite/indefinite articles; "être, avoir", - ER verbs; negation "ne…pas"; stress pronouns; interrogatives "est-ce que, qui, quel"; prepositions "à, en, au, aux."

Phonetics: Alphabet; silent final consonants; /œ̃/ /yn/.

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Beginning Saison 102 : 102-C

Tuesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Rachele Avolio

Required: 101 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Describing people, lodging, leisure and daily activities; expressing one’s preferences; responding to ads; telling time.

Grammar: Gender and number of nouns/adjectives; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; futur proche; quel/quelle…; prepositions of place – dans/chez/sur/sous; on = nous; verbs: venir, aller, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.

Phonetics: Plural liaison; /y/, /EU, /E/

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Art INT: Onsite at PAM : ART-INT

Thursdays at 10-12:15pm
01/10/2019 to 02/07/2019
Instructor: Elene Zedginidze

Required: Saison A2 or equiv.

Description: Bring your walking shoes and notebooks for five weeks of Intermediate art critique and Portland Art Museum visits. This class will enrich your vocabulary and improve your communication skills through close observation of artworks and slow looking. During each museum visit, students will have the opportunity to present individual critiques or share as a group. The first class will be held in the Kamm House; the following four will meet at the PAM.

 

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Beginning Saison 101 : 101-D

Thursdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: To Be Determined

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Greetings; introducing oneself and others; asking and responding to questions; identifying colors, emotions, professions, nationalities and languages; counting to 1000.

Grammar: Definite/indefinite articles; "être, avoir", - ER verbs; negation "ne…pas"; stress pronouns; interrogatives "est-ce que, qui, quel"; prepositions "à, en, au, aux."

Phonetics: Alphabet; silent final consonants; /œ̃/ /yn/.

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Beginning Saison 101 : 101-F

Saturdays at 10-12:15pm
01/12/2019 to 03/16/2019
Instructor: Giulia Agostini

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Greetings; introducing oneself and others; asking and responding to questions; identifying colors, emotions, professions, nationalities and languages; counting to 1000.

Grammar: Definite/indefinite articles; "être, avoir", - ER verbs; negation "ne…pas"; stress pronouns; interrogatives "est-ce que, qui, quel"; prepositions "à, en, au, aux."

Phonetics: Alphabet; silent final consonants; /œ̃/ /yn/.

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Beginning Saison 102 : 102-B

Tuesdays at 10-12:15pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Patricia Bourque

Required: 101 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Describing people, lodging, leisure and daily activities; expressing one’s preferences; responding to ads; telling time.

Grammar: Gender and number of nouns/adjectives; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; futur proche; quel/quelle…; prepositions of place – dans/chez/sur/sous; on = nous; verbs: venir, aller, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.

Phonetics: Plural liaison; /y/, /EU, /E/

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Cuisine : Cuisine

Thursdays at 3:30-5:45pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Francine Martinie Chough

Required: Saison A2 or equiv.

Description: This course is for gourmets and gourmands alike. French gastronomy has been designated by UNESCO as a part of “world intangible heritage,” and as such deserves close study and appreciation. Students will learn about culinary traditions, customs and etiquette through weekly readings, recipes and presentations by the instructor and students. No requirement to have studied the first part of this series Cuisine 1, offered last spring.

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Le FLE par Textes : TXT FLE-3

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Nathalie Gerts

Required: Edito B1 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B1/B2 level.

DescriptionThis course is based on the reading and discussion of celebrated authors, playwrights, singers and poets, both classic and contemporary. Written expression, listening comprehension and grammar review are all central to the goal of this class: improving students’ language skills through texts.

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Intermediate Saison 202 : 202-A

Tuesdays at 10-12:15pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Benedicte McAlpine

Required: 201 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Communication: Speaking of one's studies and career; building a network; social media.

Grammar: Passé composé and imparfait; direct and indirect object pronouns; inverted questions; reported speech. Verbs - mettre, suivre. 

Phonetics: Silent /e/; vowels.

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Art-ADV-B: Onsite at PAM : ART-ADV-B

Tuesdays at 10-12:15pm
02/12/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Elene Zedginidze

Required: B1 or equiv.

Description: Bring your walking shoes and notebooks for five weeks of Advanced art critique and Portland Art Museum visits. This class will enrich your vocabulary and improve your communication skills through close observation of artworks and slow looking. During each museum visit, students will have the opportunity to present individual critiques or share as a group. The first class will be held in the Kamm House; the following four will meet at the PAM.

***There will be two Advanced art critique courses offered this session: each one is a separate entity, with different themes.  Students may register for one or both.

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Beginning Saison 103 : 103-B

Tuesdays at 10-12:15pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

Required: 102 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1/A2 level.

Communication: Describing clothing, a past outing, a film; expressing one’s opinion, congratulations; writing a recipe, invitation, correspondence; ordering in a restaurant; conversing at table, in a store.

Grammar: Demonstrative adjectives; adverbs of frequency; reflexive verbs; imperative; partitive article & quantities;  passé composé w/ être; imperfect tense; negation - ne…plus, ne…jamais; en; il faut.

Phonetics: Intonation; /o/ / ɔ̃ /; /a / / ã /.

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Beginning Saison 103 : 103-C

Wednesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/09/2019 to 03/13/2019
Instructor: Linda Fuchs

Required: 102 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1/A2 level.

Communication: Describing clothing, a past outing, a film; expressing one’s opinion, congratulations; writing a recipe, invitation, correspondence; ordering in a restaurant; conversing at table, in a store.

Grammar: Demonstrative adjectives; adverbs of frequency; reflexive verbs; imperative; partitive article & quantities;  passé composé w/ être; imperfect tense; negation - ne…plus, ne…jamais; en; il faut.

Phonetics: Intonation; /o/ / ɔ̃ /; /a / / ã /.

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Musique : MUS-A

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/07/2019 to 02/04/2019
Instructor: Eric John Kaiser

Required: Edito B1 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B1/B2 level.

DescriptionDiscover and learn more about French popular music, "La chanson française", including French hip hop and the bridges that exist between American and French music. Parisian singer songwriter EricJohnKaiser will perform songs for you in class from iconic French singer songwriters, as well as discuss lyrics, life histories and how France’s rich culture has flourished with this music.

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Beginning Saison 105 : 105-B

Saturdays at 10-12:15pm
01/12/2019 to 03/16/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

Required: 104 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Communication: Comparisons; speaking of the past & future; quantity; expressing agreement/disagreement; understanding and describing the weather; describing a person; expressing your wishes; writing a letter and a story.

Grammar: Interrogation with inversion; reflexive verbs; imparfait; simple future; present subjunctive; negations with "ne...plus, ne...que" and "ne...jamais"; “sortir, partir, quitter, s’en aller”; “dans” vs. “en” in time expressions; sequence words: “d'abord, puis, enfin”; “en” to express quantity; pronoun placement with the imperative.

Phonetics: Nasal and non-nasal vowel pairs: [a] – [ɑ̃], [o] – [ɔ̃], [ɛ] – [ɛ̃]

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Régions : REG

Wednesdays at 10-12:15pm
01/09/2019 to 03/13/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

Required: Edito B1 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B1/B2 level.

Description: Faites vos valises! Visit each week a different region of France while studying images, videos, articles and literary extracts. Students will choose from a variety of topics to give presentations in class.

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Musique : MUS-B

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
02/11/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Eric John Kaiser

Required: Edito B1 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B1/B2 level.

DescriptionDiscover and learn more about French popular music, "La chanson française", including French hip hop and the bridges that exist between American and French music. Parisian singer songwriter Eric John Kaiser will perform songs for you in class from iconic French singer songwriters, as well as discuss lyrics, life histories and how France’s rich culture has flourished with this music.

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Parking Information

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.

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Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00
Classes are held until 8:30
Saturday 9:30-1:00
or by appointment

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