Winter 2023

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Early registration for winter classes is  now open. Two types of discounts will be offered until December 1: 10% Earlybird or 15% Senior discount. Sign up for our Quoi de Neuf? Newsletter (at the bottom of the webpage) and don't miss the discount deadline!  

January 9 - March 18

Whether you are new to the Alliance or a continuing student, you'll find all you need to know about our fall offerings here. 

  • Core classes: Our general French classes include Beginning A1 level: 101 through 106, Lower Intermediate A2:  201 through 206, Intermediate B1: 301 through 306, Lower Advanced B2: 401 through 406, and Advanced C1: 501 through 506. Most classes move at the regular pace. Accelerated classes are available for levels A1 and A2. Scroll down for the schedule.  100 - Introduction to French Immersion is available for students as a 5-week class.
  • Specialty and Cultural: Specialty classes allow students to focus on a particular skill or subject. Cultural classes are discussion based classes exposing students to different aspects  of French culture, literature or art. 
  • Mini Classes: offered in a series of 3 to 6 weeks, 1h30 hours per session, are a perfect opportunity to keep studying French without a long commitment with each class targeting a specific area or theme. Currently registration is open for December mini classes (3weeks).  Winter Term will have another series of mini classes in February-March.
  • Kickstart French is a 4-day intensive brush-up class (2.5 hours per day with two short breaks) offered for A1, A2 and B1 level students right before fall classes begin. Check out the dedicated page for more details. 
  • Conversation Groups are available through Alliance for different levels. We offer A1, A2/B1 and B2/C1 level conversation groups. Attendance is free. Check out dedicated page for dates and schedule and look for groups available during the school term.
  • Beginning students new to the Alliance, please read information about true beginners classes on this page.
  • Book pickup dates for winter Term will be posted soon.


New and note worthy this term:

Essential Vocabulary for levels A1/A2 and B1! 
Littérature Française for intermediate level French speakers: last chance to take the class with Littérature Progressive du Français will be in Winter Term! Don't miss your chance.

Core Classes

Core classes are offered at 5 levels: A1 (Beginner), A2 (Lower Intermediate), B1 (Intermediate), B2 (Lower Advanced), C1 (Advanced). Two tracks are possible, regular pace classes or accelerated pace classes (for A1 and A2 levels only). Read more about level progression and classes for adults here.

Specialty & Cultural Classes

Essential Everyday French - A1 to C1

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 offered for A1/A2 (prereq. Edito 104), B1 (prereq. Edito 205) and B2/C1 levels (prereq. CECR B1).

DELF B1 Preparation

This class will interest you if: 1. You are planning on passing DELF B1 or B2 exam and need to prepare for it.
2. You’ve completed B1 or B2 level and wish to consolidate newly acquired skills and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses before moving to the next level. The class has a double goal: familiarize you with the DELF exam structure as you work on material you'll need to master in order to pass one level and successfully start the next one. A partial simulation of the DELF exam in the end of the 10-week series will allow students to have a comprehensive evaluation of their skills. 

Friday 12:30-2:30p
Teacher: Karim Maalem

Defining Moments in Art B1/B2


For visual arts enthusiasts and those simply curious about the art world. Each week, examine several artworks to learn about the events, personalities and works that have had the greatest impact in their time. This is a highly interactive class using art as a vehicle of conversation. This class will study art of the early 20th century. It's a 5-week long class. 

Tuesdays 10am-12pm
Teacher: Elene Zedginidze


French Literature

Discover French literary works and authors with a well-structured textbook. Learn about different authors and read excerpts of their works. Perfect for those wishing to broaden their knowledge of French literature beyond the scope of a single book or author. Throughout the year, you will discover literary works from the Middle Ages to contemporary French literature.

Wed 10-12p
Teacher: Margarita Smagina

Essential Vocabulary

Improve your communication skills by enriching your vocabulary with essentials. The book chosen for the class will allow you to work on every day authentic situations and related vocabulary. The dialogue-based format will allow for plenty of practice in class.

This class is offered for A1/A2 (prereq. Edito 104), B1 (prereq. Edito 205). Morning and evening sessions are available. 

Littérature - lecture guidée

Meet your fellow literature buffs, read Brigitte Giraud’s “Vivre vite” and discuss your reading under expert guidance from Marie-Pierre Wolfe. Marie-Pierre will send you the weekly questionnaire to promote in depth understanding of each book segment. More about the fall book choice: C’est l'histoire autobiographique des derniers mois de sa longue vie de couple avec son compagnon disparu brusquement dans un accident de moto, à l'âge de 41 ans. Le couple habitait en Algérie : ce roman rappelle celui de Albert Camus "L'etranger" par le style et l'évocation de la beauté du paysage et de la culture nord-africaine.


This class is open to returning students. Students new to this class, please contact the office.

Thursday 10-12p
Teacher: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

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A.0 - Pre-Beginner

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

Paris Off the Beaten Path In English

Minis
In English. Go past the “Emily in Paris” super-stereotype and let Paris native Elisabeth (who actually lives in the city !) take you, virtually, in neighborhoods, museums, sites where the “real” Parisians live, play or work. In each class, you discover a specific Parisian spot (short history, main characteristics, etc.) where few (if any) tourists go with comments, photos and videos.
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

Essential Vocabulary - Débutant

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

Paris Off the Beaten Path In English

Minis
In English. Go past the “Emily in Paris” super-stereotype and let Paris native Elisabeth (who actually lives in the city !) take you, virtually, in neighborhoods, museums, sites where the “real” Parisians live, play or work. In each class, you discover a specific Parisian spot (short history, main characteristics, etc.) where few (if any) tourists go with comments, photos and videos.
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

Essential Vocabulary - 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

Cinéclub: Drôle

Minis
Join us to explore the acclaimed Netflix comedy series Drôle (Standing Up).
Pace: Regular

Essential Vocabulary - Débutant

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

Paris Off the Beaten Path

Minis
Go past the “Emily in Paris” super-stereotype and let Paris native Elisabeth (who actually lives in the city !) take you, virtually, in neighborhoods, museums, sites where the “real” Parisians live, play or work. In each class, you discover a specific Parisian spot (short history, main characteristics, etc.) where few (if any) tourists go with comments, photos and videos.
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

Cinéclub: Drôle

Minis
Join us to explore the acclaimed Netflix comedy series Drôle (Standing Up).
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

A Journey in French Contemporary Cinema

Minis
Discover and discuss 21st century French movies during this four weeks interactive class.
Pace: Regular

Cinéclub: Drôle

Minis
Join us to explore the acclaimed Netflix comedy series Drôle (Standing Up).
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

French Ripped From The Headlines

Minis
Want to speak with a rich vocabulary and use idioms and common expressions spontaneously? Stop just encountering new vocabulary and start retaining and using it in this class based on RFI’s “Le journal en Français Facile”!
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
B1/B2

A Journey in French Contemporary Cinema

Minis
Discover and discuss 21st century French movies during this four weeks interactive class.
Pace: Regular

Cinéclub: Drôle

Minis
Join us to explore the acclaimed Netflix comedy series Drôle (Standing Up).
Pace: Regular

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

French Ripped From The Headlines

Minis
Want to speak with a rich vocabulary and use idioms and common expressions spontaneously? Stop just encountering new vocabulary and start retaining and using it in this class based on RFI’s “Le journal en Français Facile”!
Pace: Regular

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

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
B2 - Lower Advanced

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

A Journey in French Contemporary Cinema

Minis
Discover and discuss 21st century French movies during this four weeks interactive class.
Pace: Regular

Cinéclub: Drôle

Minis
Join us to explore the acclaimed Netflix comedy series Drôle (Standing Up).
Pace: Regular

French Ripped From The Headlines

Minis
Want to speak with a rich vocabulary and use idioms and common expressions spontaneously? Stop just encountering new vocabulary and start retaining and using it in this class based on RFI’s “Le journal en Français Facile”!
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
B2/C1

A Journey in French Contemporary Cinema

Minis
Discover and discuss 21st century French movies during this four weeks interactive class.
Pace: Regular

Cinéclub: Drôle

Minis
Join us to explore the acclaimed Netflix comedy series Drôle (Standing Up).
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

French Ripped From The Headlines

Minis
Want to speak with a rich vocabulary and use idioms and common expressions spontaneously? Stop just encountering new vocabulary and start retaining and using it in this class based on RFI’s “Le journal en Français Facile”!
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
C1 - Advanced

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

A Journey in French Contemporary Cinema

Minis
Discover and discuss 21st century French movies during this four weeks interactive class.
Pace: Regular

Cinéclub: Drôle

Minis
Join us to explore the acclaimed Netflix comedy series Drôle (Standing Up).
Pace: Regular

French Ripped From The Headlines

Minis
Want to speak with a rich vocabulary and use idioms and common expressions spontaneously? Stop just encountering new vocabulary and start retaining and using it in this class based on RFI’s “Le journal en Français Facile”!
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

Order This Course

$150.00 USD

Code: 22H Mini - Cinema
Discover and discuss 21st century French movies during this four weeks interactive class. Watch one or two free movies (with subtitles, suggestions will be communicated by the teacher) before class then discuss it during the Zoom class time. Four themes will be proposed: French humor, Recent historic films, The new love scene, and A changing society. This class is for those who love the movies, want to discover what makes French people tick, and how French society is changing. It is recommended for students with level B1 through C1.

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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.

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

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