french FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Children and Youth group program is on break in summer. Private and semi-private classes are available on demand. Below, you'll find classes offered  in fall 2024 term.

The Alliance Française offers a variety of classes for children ages 3-10 and youth ages 11-18. You will find classes with or without textbooks, play or conversation oriented approach. These classes are tailored for native French speakers, children from French immersion school backgrounds, as well as English-speaking children who have never had French class before! Explore our offerings below to discover the specific audience each class is designed for.  Classes are offered online and in-person.

New this year

Summer Camps

We're excited to announce the launch of our summer camps this year!

IN FRENCH

Designed to cater to both children from immersion schools or native French speakers, our one-week French summer camp promises an immersive and enriching experience.  

IN ENGLISH

Additionally, we're introducing a special short week before July 4th for children intrigued by Francophone culture but comfortable with English. This unique camp experience will offer a blend of cultural discovery and language exposure, providing a perfect introduction to the vibrant world of Francophone traditions. 

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French Class For All! No Prerequisites

Ballet en Français

Ages 3-5 

Let your child to discover ballet while immersing themselves in the French language. Ballet en Français class is tailored for children aged 3 to 5. Our classroom is transformed into a studio where children can immerse themselves in movement, creativity, and language. The class will be taught in French with English used as necessary. French language proficiency is not necessary. This class is open to all!

From pliés to pirouettes, every step in Ballet en Français fosters physical and linguistic growth.

 


French Language Classes: Designed for Native English Speakers and French as a Second Language Learners (Excluding Immersion School Students)

Play and Learn French

Ages 3-5 (parent and child): no prerequisites, Saturdays, in person. Parents are required to stay in class.
Ages 6-9 (drop off): 
no prerequisites, Saturdays, in person

This is an in-person class! This class will let children discover French language through games, movement, songs, engaging all of the senses: sight, taste, smell, touch, hearing. This multi-sensory class uses total immersion method to build the language skills through fun activities. We use the method with original songs integrated to the curriculum. Each class exposes children to familiar situations, so they are able to easily reuse their newly acquired skills at home. There is no required textbook for this class.

Class structure: The class evolves around two main elements: the ritual-based repetition and predictability (songs, mascots) and the surprise that comes with new elements in each class (new phrase structures, vocabulary, games).

Class objectives: Understand the meaning of activities without needing English explanations. - Build vocabulary for everyday situations. - Learn and use useful expressions and phrase structures in context. - Participate in activities in French, use acquired skills in everyday situations.

General French, Ages 7-10

Beginner 1: no prerequisites
Beginner 2: completion of at least one season of Beginner 1 required

Advanced Beginner 1: prerequisite: completion of Beginner 1 and 2 or prior French experience, such as study in immersion school.

Learn French with the Cousteau family as they travel throughout France and the francophone world! Using the Cap Sur method (textbook) which follows the adventures of the Cousteau family and their pigeon, Gaston, your young French-learner will discover the language through a variety of interactive games and hands-on projects. This dynamic method emphasizes the fun in language learning. Throughout the term, students will have opportunities to work on an art-based travel journal to document their adventures in French! 


General French , Ages 11-14

Beginner 1

Embark on a trip through francophone countries, guided by teenagers! Learn French with engaging content and project-based modules. Based on authentic situations and teens interests, the “A la Une” textbook offers a dynamic approach to learning French. Available as a print bundle of student’s book and a workbook or a premium bundle with printed student’s book and access to digital workbook for 12 months.







French Language Classes: Tailored for Native French Speakers, Students with French Immersion School Background and Intermediate to Advanced Level Students





French Drama Club: Unleashing Creativity and Language Skills

Ages 5-6,  7-12 and 13-16 

Do you have young aspiring actors at home who also want to improve their French speaking skills? Our theatrical adventure course is the perfect blend of drama and language learning designed to engage children in a fun and immersive learning experience. Through games, activities, and role-playing exercises, they will develop confidence in expressing themselves in French, improve their pronunciation, and expand their vocabulary in a dynamic and supportive environment.

This course offers a unique opportunity for children to unleash their creativity, build teamwork skills, and gain fluency in French through the magic of theater.


Yoga

Ages 5-6 and 7-12

Welcome to our French Yoga After-School Program, where we seamlessly blend the practice of yoga with the beauty of the French language. Our instructor, a trained yoga teacher and French teacher, provides clear instructions in French, ensuring that participants not only improve their yoga practice but also enhance their language skills in a supportive environment. Enroll your child in this class if you want them to:

- Practice French
- Promote Physical Health
- Cultivate Mindfulness

The class will also incorporate creative and imaginative movement activities, providing added fun and opportunities for French language practice.

No prior yoga experience is required. French language proficiency requirements are as follows: children ages 7-12 should be able to communicate in French (native French speakers, English speakers attending French immersion school, or those with an advanced level from prior studies), while ages 5-6 must either speak French or actively participate in an immersion school program. 




Keep Up Your French


Ages 9-12 and 13+ 

Crafted for students hailing from francophone families or possessing a background in French immersion, this class offers a weekly platform to nurture their French skills. Through avenues such as music, literature, and cultural exploration, students can actively engage and immerse themselves in the language.

Students will have the chance to work on their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in a comfortable group setting and shape conversations based on their lives and interests.

This class is offered via Zoom.




On-demand Classes for Students Attending Immersion Schools


“After School Boost” is an engaging and dynamic French class designed specifically for children attending language immersion schools. Through a combination of interactive activities, creative exercises, and group discussions, students will reinforce their vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension skills, while focusing on the ability of applying in writing and in speaking concepts learned at school between ages 11-13 and 14-16.

These classes that are conducted through Zoom and can be scheduled upon request for the group of minimum 4 students.

Sign up by first selecting 'Youth' on the course selector at the bottom of the page,  then click on the course box. Alternately, contact the office at info@afportland.org

This website was published January 17, 2022. All students will need to login with a new password before registering. 

Use the code SIBLING2 at checkout  for a 10% discount when enrolling a second child.

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Youth

A1 - Beginner

Exploring the Francophone World - In English

Summer Camps

July 1-3, 9am-3pm | Ages: 7-12
Join us for a three-day summer camp adventure exploring the Francophone world! Designed for English-speaking children, this experience will immerse campers in the vibrant cultures and landscapes of French-speaking countries. Each day will be packed with fun activities and workshops that ignite curiosity and inspire exploration. Campers will learn about French language, customs, cuisine, and traditions through interactive games, crafts, and storytelling. Don't miss this chance to broaden horizons, make friends, and create lasting memories in the fascinating world of Francophone culture!


Pace: Regular
B1+ Teens

French Drama Club: Unleashing Creativity and Language Skills

Youth
Do you have young aspiring actors at home who also want to improve their French speaking skills? Our theatrical adventure course is the perfect blend of drama and language learning designed to engage children in a fun and immersive learning experience. Through games, activities, and role-playing exercises, they will develop confidence in expressing themselves in French, improve their pronunciation, and expand their vocabulary in a dynamic and supportive environment.
This course offers a unique opportunity for children to unleash their creativity, build teamwork skills, and gain fluency in French through the magic of theater.
Appropriate for Levels A2+
Pace: Regular

French Theater Adventures - in French

Summer Camps

June 24-28, 9am-3pm | Ages: 7-12

Embark on a captivating journey into the world of French theater at our summer camp, "French Theater Adventures." Immerse yourself in French performance arts through language learning, creative expression, and exploration of theatrical traditions. Campers will enjoy dynamic French language classes focused on theater vocabulary and dialogue practice, as well as interactive acting workshops and games. The camp will also feature arts & crafts, active games, and movement activities. The week will end with a mini-performance for friends and family.

Join us for an unforgettable theatrical adventure where language, culture, and creativity intersect! This camp is ideal for children in French immersion schools, French-speaking households, or those with recent intensive French practice. It caters to intermediate to advanced proficiency levels. If you're unsure about your child's level, please contact us at info@afportland.org for assistance.


Pace: Regular

Keep Up Your French: 14+ Years

Youth
Designed for students who have a French immersion background and want to keep up their French skills, this class will give adolescents a weekly opportunity to express themselves in French and soak up the language through music, literature, and cultural topics. Students will have the chance to work on their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in a comfortable group setting and shape conversations based on their lives and interests.
Pace: Regular

Children

A1 - Children

Exploring the Francophone World - In English

Summer Camps

July 1-3, 9am-3pm | Ages: 7-12
Join us for a three-day summer camp adventure exploring the Francophone world! Designed for English-speaking children, this experience will immerse campers in the vibrant cultures and landscapes of French-speaking countries. Each day will be packed with fun activities and workshops that ignite curiosity and inspire exploration. Campers will learn about French language, customs, cuisine, and traditions through interactive games, crafts, and storytelling. Don't miss this chance to broaden horizons, make friends, and create lasting memories in the fascinating world of Francophone culture!


Pace: Regular

General French Advanced Beginner - 7 to 10 Years

Children
Discover French with the Cousteau family as they travel throughout France and the francophone world!
Using the Cap Sur method which follows the adventures of the Cousteau family and their pigeon, Gaston, your young French-learner will discover the language through a variety of interactive games and hands-on projects. This dynamic method offers a gentle introduction to French that emphasizes the fun in language learning! Together, we will learn the alphabet, vocabulary for numbers, days of the week, colors and family members in French. We will also learn how to ask questions in French, present ourselves and others, and describe some basic objects. Throughout the term, students will have opportunities to work on an art-based travel journal to document their adventures in French!
Pace: Regular

General French Beginner 1 - 7 to 10 Years

Children
Discover French with the Cousteau family as they travel throughout France and the francophone world!
Using the Cap Sur method which follows the adventures of the Cousteau family and their pigeon, Gaston, your young French-learner will discover the language through a variety of interactive games and hands-on projects. This dynamic method offers a gentle introduction to French that emphasizes the fun in language learning! Together, we will learn the alphabet, vocabulary for numbers, days of the week, colors and family members in French. We will also learn how to ask questions in French, present ourselves and others, and describe some basic objects. Throughout the term, students will have opportunities to work on an art-based travel journal to document their adventures in French!
Pace: Regular

Play and Learn 3 to 5 Years

Children
This class will let children discover French language through games, movement, songs, engaging all of the senses: sight, taste, smell, touch, hearing. This multi-sensory class uses total immersion method to build the language skills through fun activities. We use the method with original songs integrated to the curriculum. Each class exposes children to familiar situations, so they are able to easily reuse their newly acquired skills at home. There is no required textbook for this class.
Class structure:The class evolves around two main elements: the ritual based on repetition and predictability (songs, mascots) and the surprise that comes with new elements in each class (new phrase structures, vocabulary, games).
Class objectives:- Understand the meaning of activities without needing English explanations.- Build vocabulary for everyday situations.- Learn and use in the contexte useful expressions and phrase structures.- Participate in activities in French, use acquired skills in everyday situations.
A parent is required to attend. Due to precautions in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 the class space is very limited. Register now to guarantee your spot.
5% discount is available for second sibling (code SIBLING2) and 10% for third sibling (code SIBLING3).
Pace: Regular

Play and Learn 6 to 9 Years

Children
This class will let children discover French language through games, movement, songs, engaging all of the senses: sight, taste, smell, touch, hearing. This multi-sensory class uses total immersion method to build the language skills through fun activities. We use the method with original songs integrated to the curriculum. Each class exposes children to familiar situations, so they are able to easily reuse their newly acquired skills at home. There is no required textbook for this class.
Class structure:The class evolves around two main elements: the ritual based on repetition and predictability (songs, mascots) and the surprise that comes with new elements in each class (new phrase structures, vocabulary, games).
Class objectives:- Understand the meaning of activities without needing English explanations.- Build vocabulary for everyday situations.- Learn and use in the contexte useful expressions and phrase structures.- Participate in activities in French, use acquired skills in everyday situations.
Due to precautions in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 the class space is very limited. Register now to guarantee your spot.
5% discount is available for second sibling (code SIBLING2) and 10% for third sibling (code SIBLING3).
Pace: Regular
B1+ Children

French Theater Adventures - in French

Summer Camps

June 24-28, 9am-3pm | Ages: 7-12

Embark on a captivating journey into the world of French theater at our summer camp, "French Theater Adventures." Immerse yourself in French performance arts through language learning, creative expression, and exploration of theatrical traditions. Campers will enjoy dynamic French language classes focused on theater vocabulary and dialogue practice, as well as interactive acting workshops and games. The camp will also feature arts & crafts, active games, and movement activities. The week will end with a mini-performance for friends and family.

Join us for an unforgettable theatrical adventure where language, culture, and creativity intersect! This camp is ideal for children in French immersion schools, French-speaking households, or those with recent intensive French practice. It caters to intermediate to advanced proficiency levels. If you're unsure about your child's level, please contact us at info@afportland.org for assistance.


Pace: Regular

 

PARKING

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.

OFFICE HOURS

The Alliance office is open 10am-3pm Monday through Friday.
Call us at 503.223.8388 during business hours or leave a message.
Email us at  info@afportland.org.

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