French Classes For Adults


The Alliance Française offers French classes year-round in four 10-week seasons  – Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Classes are offered for the full spectrum of  the CECR learning levels:  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1. The CECR levels represent standardized measures of linguistic capability that are recognized world-wide. CECR stands for Cadre européen commun de référence.
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Try Something New Week

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During the long winter break, the Alliance offers French learning experiences that go with the holiday spirit. Treat yourself to something exclusive and entertaining, or try something you haven't had a chance to do this year, before it's over. 

New in 2022: Mini Classes

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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 3 or 6 weeks, 1h30 hours per session. 

Kick-start French

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4-day intensive brush-up class (2.5 hours per day with two short breaks) offered for A1 level students. Each class will focus on grammar, vocabulary and conversation skills.

Winter TErm 2023

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Winter term runs January 9 - March 18.

Year-Round Classes: Core

Duration:  Each class takes one season of 10 weeks,  with 20 hours class-time. 

Pace: Choose from Regular Pace and complete one CECR level in 18 months, or select the Accelerated Pace to complete one level in 9 months.

Core class progression

  • A0 - Introduction to French prepares students for immersion in the 101 class. No textbook needed. 5-week class.
  • A1 - Beginner core classes bring the student to level A1, moving sequentially from 101 to 106 and must be taken in sequence.  Available as Regular or Accelerated classes. Requires the Défi A1 textbook (students joining 101 in Fall 2022) or Édito A1 textbook (students who joined 101 before fall 2022) for the normal or the accelerated pace and the Grammaire Progressive text additionally for some classes.
  • A1 to A2 Bridge: This transition class facilitates the move from the A1 to A2 levels with an in-depth review of communication and grammatical skills achieved in A1.  No textbook needed.
  • A2 - Lower Intermediate core classes take the student to A2 level, from 201 through 206 and must be taken in sequence. Requires the Défi A2 textbook (students joining 201 in Fall 2022) or Édito A1 textbook (students who joined 201 before fall 2022). Available as Regular or Accelerated classes.
  • A2 to B1 Bridge: This transition class facilitates the move from the A2 to B1 levels with an in-depth review of communication and grammatical skills achieved in A2.  No textbook needed. 
  • B1 - Intermediate core classes move from 301 to 306 and must be taken in sequence. Requires the Défi B1 textbook.  Placement test via phone interview is required for new students.
  • B2 - Lower advanced core classes move from 401 to 406 and must be taken in sequence. Requires the Défi B2 textbook.  Placement test via phone interview is required for new students.
  • C1 -  Advanced core classes  take the student to C1 level, with 501 through 506 and must be taken in sequence. Requires the Défi 5 textbook. Placement test via phone interview is required for new students.

Year-Round Classes: Specialty

Specialty classes focus one specific skill, such as grammar. Starting at the beginner level, they continue through C1. Classes  meet weekly for 2 hours. Materials may be provided by the teacher or a textbook may be used. Offerings include such classes as Essential Everyday French, Grammar, Business French, and French for Travelers. Consult the current season's class list in the course selector at the bottom of the page or by visiting current term page listed above.

Year-Round Classes: Cultural

Cultural Classes start at the A1/A2 beginner level and continue through C1 and offer an opportunity to engage with French culture, including literature, history, and the arts. Cultural classes are taught two hours a week for either 10 or 5 weeks. Most classes are taught by teacher specializing in the particular cultural area. Consult the current season's class list in the course selector at the bottom of the page or by visiting current term page listed above.


Annual Short Programs

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

• Try Something New Week (TSNW):  An exclusive week  of workshops in December, these two hour classes cover an extensive and inventive range of predominently cultural subjects. Workshops are offered for A1 through C1 level students.

 

Testimonials

Honestly, I can’t think of anything that could make AF de Portland better!  Please continue your on-line classes as I live in San Diego, and all AF locations are NOT created equal.  AF de Portland is a shining star 🌟 !!

Longtime student
attending a variety of classes.


My teacher is as close to perfect as I can imagine.  She's professional, extremely helpful, tries to help us by talking about ways to study, and she provides  additional information so that we can review and practice during the week between classes.

Student from Edito A1

I feel like I’ve learned so much in just one quarter. That’s because my teacher is SO good. She makes it fun while also challenging!

Student in a Cultural &
Specialty Class



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A.0 - Pre-Beginner

French For Travelers

Minis
Interested in traveling to a French speaking country, but worried you won’t be able to get by with the language? Take the three “French for travelers” mini lessons!
Pace: Regular

Introduction to French

Core Classes
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.
Pace: Regular

Repas de fête bourguignon - In English

Annual Short Programs
For students who truly have not studied French. This pre-immersion course is optional for new students.
Pace: Regular
A1 - Beginner

101-102 Accelerated

Core Classes
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.
Pace: Accelerated

101

Core Classes
Our 101 Core Class is for true beginners wishing to master the A1 level. If you studied French before, please look into 101-102 Accelerated class.
Pace: Regular

102

Core Classes
Our 102 Core Class is for beginners having completed 101 class and wishing to master A1 level.
Pace: Regular

103-104 Accelerated

Core Classes
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.
Pace: Accelerated

103

Core Classes
Our 103 Core Class is for beginners having completed 102 class and wishing to master A1 level.
Pace: Accelerated

105

Core Classes
This continuing Core Course covers chapters 9-10 of Edito A1. Students learn to express wishes, desires, emotions, make a complaint. Grammar introduced includes reflexive verbs and relative pronouns, as well as conditions using si.
Pace: Regular

106

Core Classes
Chapters 11-12. Communication: Expressing choices, dissatisfaction, (dis)-agreement, one’s interests; encouraging & reassuring. Grammar: Comparisons; COD & COI pronouns ; “y”; review of tenses.
Pace: Regular

A1 to A2 Bridge

Core Classes
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.
Pace: Regular

French Holiday Commercials

Annual Short Programs

A1 - Beginner 



Pace: Regular

French with dictée

Minis
Improve your listening comprehension skills, spelling, and vocabulary while solidifying your understanding of grammatical points taught in the CECR A1 level.
Pace: Regular

Grammar in Context

Minis
If you feel you need more review with foundational grammar but prefer interaction and learning through media to lectures and textbooks, this class could be a perfect fit for you!
Pace: Regular

Grammar on the go for beginners

Minis
This class is for beginners having completed at least 101 class. It focuses on grammar notions studied in the first chapters of beginning Core classes.
Pace: Regular

Kick-Start French - Beginner - A1

Annual Short Programs

Students in this intensive 4-day workshop will solidify basic grammar and vocabulary while learning about winter holiday traditions in the French speaking world, discuss winter sports and activities, and share their own holiday traditions with classmates.

Prerequisites: 103 or equivalent.

Mes bonnes résolutions pour 2023

Annual Short Programs
A2 - Lower intermediate
Pace: Regular

Study Skills - in English

Annual Short Programs

A1 - Beginner 



Pace: Regular

Tourist French 101

Annual Short Programs

A1 - Beginner 



Pace: Regular

Trouvé dans la presse

Minis
Improve your French skills by reading and discussing news articles hand picked to match your current level.
Pace: Regular

Verbs A1/A2

Minis
Students will review regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, futur proche, futur simple, and passé composé through drills, games, and conversation.
Pace: Regular

Vocabulaire en Dialogues-Débutant

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Improve your communication skills by enriching your vocabulary with essentials. Prerequisites: 104
Pace: Regular
A1/A2

A1 to A2 Bridge

Core Classes
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.
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French A1/A2

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This class is all about basic communication: conveying an idea, responding and reacting during a conversation, and understanding spoken French.
Pace: Regular

Les expressions idiomatiques

Annual Short Programs

Mes bonnes résolutions pour 2023

Annual Short Programs
A2 - Lower intermediate
Pace: Regular

Vocabulaire en Dialogues-Débutant

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Improve your communication skills by enriching your vocabulary with essentials. Prerequisites: 104
Pace: Regular
A2 - Lower Intermediate

201

Core Classes
201 class is the first step for students wishing to master the A2 level. Our A2 level Core Class is for students progressing from A1 level and wishing to master the A2 level.
Pace: Regular

202

Core Classes
202 class is the second step for students wishing to master the A2 level.
Pace: Regular

203-204

Core Classes
The class combines lower intermediate 203 and 204 into one term, by selectively exposing students to the necessary content to continue with confidence into lower intermediate 205.
Pace: Accelerated

205

Core Classes
This Core Class covers chapter 9-10 of Edito A2. Communication focuses on responding to a classified ad; expressing a wish, desire, indifference; negociating travel and tourist situations. Grammar studied includes the present conditional; gerunds; passé composé vs imparfait; demonstrative pronouns celui, celle.
Pace: Regular

Enrich Your Vocabulary

Annual Short Programs
B1 - Intermediate
Pace: Regular

La cantatrice chauve d’Eugène Ionesco

Minis
During this three-week mini-cours, we will read aloud Ionesco’s riotous 1950 play. You will prepare for class by reading the section in advance and looking up any unknown words. This will help with more fluid reading in class.
Pace: Regular

Mes bonnes résolutions pour 2023

Annual Short Programs
A2 - Lower intermediate
Pace: Regular

Trouvé dans la presse

Minis
Improve your French skills by reading and discussing news articles hand picked to match your current level.
Pace: Regular

Vocabulaire en Dialogues-Débutant

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Improve your communication skills by enriching your vocabulary with essentials. Prerequisites: 104
Pace: Regular
A2/B1

A2 to B1 Bridge

Core Classes
Cross the bridge from A2 to B1 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 A2 sequence. Grammar reviewed will include past tenses, temporal prepositions, alternative negation, relative pronouns, object pronouns, futur simple, conditional, and more. Pronunciation reviewed will include nasal vowels, mute -e-, vocalic and consonantal enchainment, liaison, and intonation.
Pace: Regular

Dictée Festive

Annual Short Programs

Enrich Your Vocabulary

Annual Short Programs
B1 - Intermediate
Pace: Regular

La cantatrice chauve d’Eugène Ionesco

Minis
During this three-week mini-cours, we will read aloud Ionesco’s riotous 1950 play. You will prepare for class by reading the section in advance and looking up any unknown words. This will help with more fluid reading in class.
Pace: Regular

Pronouns A2/B1

Minis
In this intensive workshop, students will review and master the form and function of object pronouns.
Pace: Regular
B1 - Intermediate

301

Core Classes
301 class is the first step for students wishing to master the B1 level. Our B1 level Core Class is for students progressing from A2 level and wishing to master the B1 level.
Pace: Regular

302

Core Classes
302 class is the second step for students wishing to master the B1 level.
Pace: Regular

304

Core Classes
304 class is the fourth step for students wishing to master the B1 level.
Pace: Regular

DELF B1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Consolidate skills acquired at B1 level, while evaluating your strengths and weaknesses before jumping to next level.
Pace: Regular

Enrich Your Vocabulary

Annual Short Programs
B1 - Intermediate
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French Intermediate

Specialty & Cultural Classes
This class aims to bring your conversational French to the next level. Learn how native speakers communicate on a day-to-day basis. Interaction and exchanges between students are facilitated by the instructor following weekly thematic topics that include essential vocabulary and grammar. This class is open to students who have successfully completed Edito 205. Thursday class studies chapters 1-9, Friday 25-31
Pace: Regular

Godard: La Nouvelle Vague

Minis
A cinematic genius, Jean-Luc Godard established himself as a pioneer of the French New Wave in the 1960s. Discover three of his most iconic films from that time period.
Pace: Regular

Grammar And Writing Through Literature: Annie Ernaux

Minis
In this three-week seminar targeting intermediate learners, students will use excerpts of Annie Ernaux’s work to review verb tense, agreements, narration, and sentence structure.
Pace: Regular

Jeux de mots festifs

Minis
Discover an assortment of classic and unusual word games in this fun series, working on your French in a playful and relaxed way.
Pace: Regular

Jeux de rôle festifs avec le subjonctif

Annual Short Programs
B1 - Intermediate
Pace: Regular

La cantatrice chauve d’Eugène Ionesco

Minis
During this three-week mini-cours, we will read aloud Ionesco’s riotous 1950 play. You will prepare for class by reading the section in advance and looking up any unknown words. This will help with more fluid reading in class.
Pace: Regular

Montparnasse: Les Années folles

Annual Short Programs
C1 - Advanced
Pace: Regular

Paris par arrondissements

Minis
Travel to the famed City of Lights from the comfort of your own home! Discover the charming neighborhoods of this beautiful city!
Pace: Regular

Phonétique

Minis
This mini class is ideal for English speakers at intermediate and lower advanced levels wishing to improve their pronunciation.
Pace: Regular

Vocabulaire en Dialogues-Intermédiaire

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Improve your communication skills by enriching your vocabulary with essentials. Prerequisites: 205
Pace: Regular
B1/B2

Defining Moments in Art B1/B2

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Each week, examine several artworks to learn about the events, personalities and works that have had the greatest impact in their time. The morning and evening session cover the same material.
Pace: Regular

Jeux de mots festifs

Minis
Discover an assortment of classic and unusual word games in this fun series, working on your French in a playful and relaxed way.
Pace: Regular

Le Chandail (The Hockey Sweater) : A Classic Québécois Story

Annual Short Programs

Littérature - lecture guidée

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Meet your fellow literature buffs, read Brigitte Giraud’s “Vivre vite” and discuss your reading under expert guidance from Marie-Pierre Wolfe.
Pace: Regular

Littérature Française B1/B2

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Discover French literary works and authors with a well-structured textbook. Throughout the year, you will discover literary works from the Middle Ages to contemporary French literature.
Pace: Regular
B2 - Lower Advanced

"Il n'y a pas d'exil" : à la découverte de l’écriture d'Assia Djebar

Annual Short Programs
C1 - Advanced
Pace: Regular

401

Core Classes
401 class is the first step for students wishing to master the B2 level. Our B2 level Core Class is for students progressing from B1 level and wishing to master the B2 level.
Pace: Regular

402

Core Classes
402 class is the second step for students wishing to master the B2 level. Our B2 level Core Class is for students progressing from B1 level and wishing to master the B2 level.
Pace: Regular

Godard: La Nouvelle Vague

Minis
A cinematic genius, Jean-Luc Godard established himself as a pioneer of the French New Wave in the 1960s. Discover three of his most iconic films from that time period.
Pace: Regular

Grammaire Avancée Et Conversation

Minis
Improve your grammar with debates around diverse subjects.
Pace: Regular

Jeux de mots festifs

Minis
Discover an assortment of classic and unusual word games in this fun series, working on your French in a playful and relaxed way.
Pace: Regular

Montparnasse: Les Années folles

Annual Short Programs
C1 - Advanced
Pace: Regular

Paris par arrondissements

Minis
Travel to the famed City of Lights from the comfort of your own home! Discover the charming neighborhoods of this beautiful city!
Pace: Regular

Phonétique Avancée

Minis
This 3-week workshop will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for advanced learners of French studying at the B2 and C1 levels.
Pace: Regular
B2/C1

"Il n'y a pas d'exil" : à la découverte de l’écriture d'Assia Djebar

Annual Short Programs
C1 - Advanced
Pace: Regular

Essential Everyday French B2/C1

Specialty & Cultural Classes
Add useful expressions, proverbs and even a little slang to your existing French skills! This class aims to teach you how to communicate like a native French person and is open to students who have successfully completed the Edito B1 level and moved into the B2 level. Wednesday morning class studies chapters 37-42, Wednesday evening chapters 9-16.
Pace: Regular

Godard: La Nouvelle Vague

Minis
A cinematic genius, Jean-Luc Godard established himself as a pioneer of the French New Wave in the 1960s. Discover three of his most iconic films from that time period.
Pace: Regular

Grammaire Avancée Et Conversation

Minis
Improve your grammar with debates around diverse subjects.
Pace: Regular

Paris par arrondissements

Minis
Travel to the famed City of Lights from the comfort of your own home! Discover the charming neighborhoods of this beautiful city!
Pace: Regular

Phonétique Avancée

Minis
This 3-week workshop will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for advanced learners of French studying at the B2 and C1 levels.
Pace: Regular

Que veut-dire transclasse?: Annie Ernaux et “l’auto-socio-biographique”

Annual Short Programs
C1 - Advanced

"Il n'y a pas d'exil" : à la découverte de l’écriture d'Assia Djebar

Annual Short Programs
C1 - Advanced
Pace: Regular

501

Core Classes
501 class is the first step for students wishing to master the C1 level. Our C1 level Core Classes are for students progressing from the B2 level and wishing to master the C1 level.
Pace: Regular

503

Core Classes
501 class is the third step for students wishing to master the C1 level. Our C1 level Core Classes are for students progressing from the B2 level and wishing to master the C1 level.
Pace: Regular

Grammaire Avancée Et Conversation

Minis
Improve your grammar with debates around diverse subjects.
Pace: Regular

Montparnasse: Les Années folles

Annual Short Programs
C1 - Advanced
Pace: Regular

Phonétique Avancée

Minis
This 3-week workshop will concentrate on areas of pronunciation that are typically troublesome for advanced learners of French studying at the B2 and C1 levels.
Pace: Regular

 

PARKING

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.

OFFICE HOURS

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during the COVID pandemic.
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