Important Announcement

All group and private classes are taught online. The Alliance office is virtual, and Kamm House is open only by appointment. Please contact us at info@afportland.org.

Book pickup dates: 11am to 2pm Tuesday 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8. Last chance Saturday 9/12, 11am to 2pm.

French à la carte

Join fellow francophones for French à la carte — Zoom-based shorter classes for summer orchestrated by an Alliance Française teacher. Choose among core French language skills classes and cultural discussions. Levels range from A1 to C1. Drop in for a single session or take a series of four. All sessions run an hour and a half.

In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

Review Classes

Our review classes are designed to help you transition to the next level after a long summer break: comprehensive review of the coursework, ideal for finishing out the summer term as well as preparing for the fall.

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.

In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

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.

In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

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.

In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

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.


In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

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.


In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

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.


In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

Cultural Seminars

 

Cultural Seminars are a recent addition to the Alliance’s offerings that help us fulfill our mission of promoting French culture. Between class and event, in French or in English, those seminars are designed to nurture a more expansive knowledge of a particular subject in a different setting than a typical French language class. Most of the seminars include outings in museum galleries, music and performance venues, and degustations or hands-on cooking classes. Partners from past, present and future seminars, including the Portland Art Museum, White Bird, and the Portland Opera, help us bring a broader understanding of French culture and lifestyle to the community.


In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

 

Intensive French Classes

Do you want to learn French faster than others? Challenge yourself with our Fast Track classes offered at 101 and 102 levels. You will cover those levels twice as fast as in a regular class! Each level meets twice a week for 5 weeks.


In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

Essential Everyday French

Essential Everyday French classes (three levels A1/A2, A2/B1, B1), focus on oral communication and comprehension at three levels. Practical, everyday topics are woven into real-life dialogues with vocabulary (both formal and slang/informal) and grammar tips. Improve your conversational skills, gain confidence and start talking!

Essential Everyday French B1 - Part 2 (FALL TERM) : EEF - B1.2

Fridays at 10:00am-12:00pm
10/23/2020 to 11/20/2020
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

Required: Edito A2 or equiv.

Description: This course is all about communication at the intermediate level: 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.  Everyday, practical situations include:  meetings with friends; phone messages; financial transactions; ordering goods; finding one’s way; negotiating contracts; exchanges with the police, doctors, mechanics; giving instructions; expressing a complaint, hesitation.

This is Part 2 of the class.

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Writers as Art Critics - (FALL TERM) : ArtCritics

Wednesdays at 6:15-8:15pm
09/16/2020 to 10/14/2020
Instructor: Clara-Julia Péru

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

Description: Take a look at some well-known French writers who also wrote about the art they encountered as viewers. From the Salons of the 18th Century as seen by Diderot to Surrealist art in the 20th century as viewed by Andre Breton, travel in time and space to experience the zeitgeist through the intersection of writing and artworks.

Students wishing to have a broader understanding of artistic movements studied during the class may complement it with Image à la loupe drop-in workshops from French à la carte program. Each week, these workshops will study two to three artworks from the same period. Click here to read more about Image à la loupe workshop.

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Exercise Your Grammar - FRENCH A LA CARTE - A2/B1 - Bundle of 4 sessions : Exercise Your Grammar A2/B1

Wednesdays at 10:30-12:00pm
08/12/2020 to 09/02/2020
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

A little bit of conjugation, grammar and plenty of exercises. Come review and maintain your mastery of French grammar with Emmanuel. He’ll cover pronominal verbs, relative and demonstrative pronouns and other verb constructions, with the possibility of covering specific points of grammar that you’d like to focus on.

Sign up for this bundle of four for $105 or drop in on any single class for $28.

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Exercise Your Grammar - FRENCH A LA CARTE - A2/B1 - Session 1 : Exercise Your Grammar A2/B1 - 1.1

Wednesdays at 10:30-12:00pm
08/12/2020 to 08/12/2020
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

A little bit of conjugation, grammar and plenty of exercises. Come review and maintain your mastery of French grammar with Emmanuel. He’ll cover pronominal verbs, relative and demonstrative pronouns and other verb constructions, with the possibility of covering specific points of grammar that you’d like to focus on.

This is a drop-in option for the first session of the series. You may sign up here for one session only for $28, or choose a bundle of four for $105.

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Exercise Your Grammar - FRENCH A LA CARTE - A2/B1 - Session 2 : Exercise Your Grammar A2/B1 - 1.2

Wednesdays at 10:30-12:00pm
08/19/2020 to 08/19/2020
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

A little bit of conjugation, grammar and plenty of exercises. Come review and maintain your mastery of French grammar with Emmanuel. He’ll cover pronominal verbs, relative and demonstrative pronouns and other verb constructions, with the possibility of covering specific points of grammar that you’d like to focus on.

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Exercise Your Grammar - FRENCH A LA CARTE - A2/B1 - Session 3 : Exercise Your Grammar A2/B1 - 1.3

Wednesdays at 10:30-12:00pm
08/26/2020 to 08/26/2020
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

A little bit of conjugation, grammar and plenty of exercises. Come review and maintain your mastery of French grammar with Emmanuel. He’ll cover pronominal verbs, relative and demonstrative pronouns and other verb constructions, with the possibility of covering specific points of grammar that you’d like to focus on.

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Exercise Your Grammar - FRENCH A LA CARTE - A2/B1 - Session 4 : Exercise Your Grammar A2/B1 - 1.4

Wednesdays at 10:30-12:00pm
09/02/2020 to 09/02/2020
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

A little bit of conjugation, grammar and plenty of exercises. Come review and maintain your mastery of French grammar with Emmanuel. He’ll cover pronominal verbs, relative and demonstrative pronouns and other verb constructions, with the possibility of covering specific points of grammar that you’d like to focus on.

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Régions de France - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B2/C1 - Bundle of 4 sessions : Régions B2/C1

Class full, out of stock

Wednesdays at 1:30-3:00pm
08/12/2020 to 09/02/2020
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

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!

Cette session vous visiterez le Lot, l'Aveyron, le Tarn, l'Aude.

Sign up for this bundle of four for $105 or drop in on any single class for $28.

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Régions de France - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B2/C1 - Session 1 : Régions B2/C1 - 1.1

Wednesdays at 1:30-3:00pm
08/12/2020 to 08/12/2020
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

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!

Le 12 août vous visiterez le Lot.

This is a drop-in option for the first session of the series. You may sign up here for one session only for $28, or choose a bundle of four for $105.

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Les Impressionnistes - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B2/C1 - Bundle of 4 sessions : Impressionnistes

Thursdays at 6:00-7:30pm
08/13/2020 to 09/03/2020
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

En attendant que les Musées rouvrent leurs portes, l'Alliance Française vous propose un cycle de quatre classes sur le mouvement impressionniste, avec Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Camille Corot et Camille Pissarro. Durant ses présentations d'une heure et demie, vous pourrez découvrir, ou redécouvrir, de nombreux tableaux de chacun de ces grands peintres français.

Sign up for this bundle of four for $105 or drop in on any single class for $28.

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Les Impressionnistes - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B2/C1 - Session 1 : Impressionnistes - 1.1

Thursdays at 6:00-7:30pm
08/13/2020 to 08/13/2020
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

En attendant que les Musées rouvrent leurs portes, l'Alliance Française vous propose un cycle de quatre classes sur le mouvement impressionniste, avec Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Camille Corot et Camille Pissarro. Durant ses présentations d'une heure et demie, vous pourrez découvrir, ou redécouvrir, de nombreux tableaux de chacun de ces grands peintres français.

Cette classe étudiera Paul Cézanne.

This is a drop-in option for the first session of the series. You may sign up here for one session only for $28, or choose a bundle of four for $105.

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Les Impressionnistes - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B2/C1 - Session 2 : Impressionnistes - 1.2

Thursdays at 6:00-7:30pm
08/20/2020 to 08/20/2020
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

En attendant que les Musées rouvrent leurs portes, l'Alliance Française vous propose un cycle de quatre classes sur le mouvement impressionniste, avec Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Camille Corot et Camille Pissarro. Durant ses présentations d'une heure et demie, vous pourrez découvrir, ou redécouvrir, de nombreux tableaux de chacun de ces grands peintres français.

Cette classe étudiera Claude Monet.

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Les Impressionnistes - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B2/C1 - Session 3 : Impressionnistes - 1.3

Thursdays at 6:00-7:30pm
08/27/2020 to 08/27/2020
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

En attendant que les Musées rouvrent leurs portes, l'Alliance Française vous propose un cycle de quatre classes sur le mouvement impressionniste, avec Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Camille Corot et Camille Pissarro. Durant ses présentations d'une heure et demie, vous pourrez découvrir, ou redécouvrir, de nombreux tableaux de chacun de ces grands peintres français.

Cette classe étudiera Camille Corot.

 

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Les Impressionnistes - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B2/C1 - Session 4 : Impressionnistes - 1.4

Thursdays at 6:00-7:30pm
09/03/2020 to 09/03/2020
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

En attendant que les Musées rouvrent leurs portes, l'Alliance Française vous propose un cycle de quatre classes sur le mouvement impressionniste, avec Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Camille Corot et Camille Pissarro. Durant ses présentations d'une heure et demie, vous pourrez découvrir, ou redécouvrir, de nombreux tableaux de chacun de ces grands peintres français.

Cette classe étudiera Camille Pissarro.

 

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Cinéma et Colonialisme - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B1-C1 - Bundle of 4 sessions : Cinema - 1.0

Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30pm
08/12/2020 to 09/02/2020
Instructor: Clara-Julia Péru

This class will study two award-winning movies from the 90's, the masterpiece from Matthieu Kassovitch La Haine (1995) and Indochine (1993) with the César award-winning actress Catherine Deneuve, each over a two-week period. First, the teacher will cover the cinematographic techniques, the plot and related vocabulary specific to each film. Then students will discuss the consequences of colonisation and inequalities shown in the plot and also study the historic and social context.

Sign up for this bundle of four for $105 or drop in on any single class for $28.

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Cinéma et Colonialisme - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B1-C1 - Session 1 : Cinema - 1.1

Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30pm
08/12/2020 to 08/12/2020
Instructor: Clara-Julia Péru

This class will study two award-winning movies from the 90's, the masterpiece from Matthieu Kassovitch La Haine (1995) and Indochine (1993) with the César award-winning actress Catherine Deneuve, each over a two-week period. First, the teacher will cover the cinematographic techniques, the plot and related vocabulary specific to each film. Then students will discuss the consequences of colonisation and inequalities shown in the plot and also study the historic and social context.

This is a drop-in option for the first session of the series. You may sign up here for one session only for $28, or choose a bundle of four for $105.

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Cinéma et Colonialisme - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B1-C1 - Session 2 : Cinema - 1.2

Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30pm
08/19/2020 to 08/19/2020
Instructor: Clara-Julia Péru

This class will study two award-winning movies from the 90's, the masterpiece from Matthieu Kassovitch La Haine (1995) and Indochine (1993) with the César award-winning actress Catherine Deneuve, each over a two-week period. First, the teacher will cover the cinematographic techniques, the plot and related vocabulary specific to each film. Then students will discuss the consequences of colonisation and inequalities shown in the plot and also study the historic and social context.

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Cinéma et Colonialisme - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B1-C1 - Session 3 : Cinema - 1.3

Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30pm
08/26/2020 to 08/26/2020
Instructor: Clara-Julia Péru

This class will study two award-winning movies from the 90's, the masterpiece from Matthieu Kassovitch La Haine (1995) and Indochine (1993) with the César award-winning actress Catherine Deneuve, each over a two-week period. First, the teacher will cover the cinematographic techniques, the plot and related vocabulary specific to each film. Then students will discuss the consequences of colonisation and inequalities shown in the plot and also study the historic and social context.

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Cinéma et Colonialisme - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B1-C1 - Session 4 : Cinema - 1.4

Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30pm
09/02/2020 to 09/02/2020
Instructor: Clara-Julia Péru

This class will study two award-winning movies from the 90's, the masterpiece from Matthieu Kassovitch La Haine (1995) and Indochine (1993) with the César award-winning actress Catherine Deneuve, each over a two-week period. First, the teacher will cover the cinematographic techniques, the plot and related vocabulary specific to each film. Then students will discuss the consequences of colonisation and inequalities shown in the plot and also study the historic and social context.

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Image à la loupe - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B1/B2 - Bundle of 4 sessions : Art Convo

Mondays at 10:30-12:00pm
09/21/2020 to 10/12/2020
Instructor: Elene Zedginidze

Train your observation skills and share your love of art. Elene will be guiding you through discovery of two or three art-works per session. Just like in the museum!

Students wishing to have a broader understanding of artistic movements studied during these workshops may complement it with Writers as Art Critics cultural class. Each week, both classes will cover the same period. Click here to read more about Writers as Art Critics
class.

Sign up for this bundle of four for $105 or drop in on any single class for $28.

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Image à la loupe - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B1/B2 - Session 1 : Art Convo - 1

Mondays at 10:30-12:00pm
09/21/2020 to 09/21/2020
Instructor: Elene Zedginidze

Train your observation skills and share your love of art. Elene will be guiding you through discovery of two or three art-works per session. Just like in the museum!

This class is about 18th century art.

Students wishing to have a broader understanding of artistic movements studied during these workshops may complement it with Writers as Art Critics cultural class. Each week, both classes will cover the same period. Click here to read more about Writers as Art Critics
class.

This is a drop-in option for the first session of the series. You may sign up here for one session only for $28, or choose a bundle of four for $105.

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Image à la loupe - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B1/B2 - Session 2 : Art Convo - 2

Mondays at 10:30-12:00pm
09/28/2020 to 09/28/2020
Instructor: Elene Zedginidze

Train your observation skills and share your love of art. Elene will be guiding you through discovery of two or three art-works per session. Just like in the museum!

This class is about 19th century art.

Students wishing to have a broader understanding of artistic movements studied during these workshops may complement it with Writers as Art Critics cultural class. Each week, both classes will cover the same period. Click here to read more about Writers as Art Critics
class.

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Image à la loupe - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B1/B2 - Session 3 : Art Convo - 3

Mondays at 10:30-12:00pm
10/05/2020 to 10/05/2020
Instructor: Elene Zedginidze

Train your observation skills and share your love of art. Elene will be guiding you through discovery of two or three art-works per session. Just like in the museum!

This class is about end of 19th century art.

Students wishing to have a broader understanding of artistic movements studied during these workshops may complement it with Writers as Art Critics cultural class. Each week, both classes will cover the same period. Click here to read more about Writers as Art Critics
class.

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Image à la loupe - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B1/B2 - Session 4 : Art Convo - 4

Mondays at 10:30-12:00pm
10/12/2020 to 10/12/2020
Instructor: Elene Zedginidze

Train your observation skills and share your love of art. Elene will be guiding you through discovery of two or three art-works per session. Just like in the museum!

This class is about 20th century art.

Students wishing to have a broader understanding of artistic movements studied during these workshops may complement it with Writers as Art Critics cultural class. Each week, both classes will cover the same period. Click here to read more about Writers as Art Critics
class.

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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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