Courses focus on communication and are taught by experienced, professional instructors using European-designed teaching materials. Alliance teachers are native-fluent and specialize in FLE (French as a foreign language). Many teachers are available for private lessons, weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays.
Rachele holds a B.A. in French and a Master of Arts in Teaching French as a foreign language from Portland State University, and has taught in Oregon universities and public schools. Before her teaching career, Rachele spent fourteen years in France, where she raised her two children and worked for a baker’s yeast company in Marcq en Baroeul near the Belgian border.Rachele Avolio's Courses
Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus on teaching adults. She has taught French and English as a Second Language both abroad and in Oregon universities and community colleges. She also spent two years in France and four years in Egypt teaching French and English as a Second Language.
Linda Blanchette's Courses
Lucie has two Master's degrees (English and FLE - teaching French as a Second Language) as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Originally from Dordogne, Lucie has taught French to adults and teenagers in high schools, conversation centers and cultural centers in Japan (both Kyoto and Tokyo) and in England. She has also taught French at Portland Community College. Lucie has been teaching at the Alliance since 2005.Lucie Bonvalet's Courses
Maxine Borcherding, Chef, Sommelier, and lover of wine and fine food, will guide you through an in-depth look at the wine regions of France. Maxine’s professional certifications include Sommelier (International Sommelier Guild), French Wine Scholar (French Wine Academy), Spanish Wine Educator (Wine Academy of Spain), and Wine Location Specialist (Center for Wine Origins). She recently retired from 16 years as Lead Chef Instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute.
Maxine Borcherding's Courses
Francine is a native of Autun, near the Burgundy region. Following a career in teaching in Autun at the Lycée Bonaparte, then teaching French in an English public school near London for a year, she received a Bachelor degree in English and French from Lewis and Clark College. She taught French in a Montessori school in Vancouver, WA, then earned a Master's degree in Education from Loyola College of Maryland with an emphasis on Montessori Education. She taught 3 years as a Montessori Elementary teacher, and taught 1st through 5th grade at the Catlin Gabel School in the Lower School where she developed the French curriculum. She continues to teach all levels of students from elementary to adult, and is a certified in DELF/DALF examiner and corrector. Francine has been teaching at the Alliance since 2009.
Francine is passionate about cooking. She's been baking her own baguettes and pâtisseries ever since she moved to the US in the 70's. In the 80's, she taught French cooking at Clark College in Vancouver and created a very popular class "East meets West" with her Japanese friend. She is currently working on a cookbook that she hopes to publish soon.Francine Martinie Chough's Courses
Jenna Chrol holds a B.A. and an M.A. in French from the Middlebury Language School Graduate program. She also has a Master’s in English: TESOL and has taught English as a foreign language for more than 6 years. She taught at the Université de Poitiers for 1 year after which she moved to Portland Oregon to continue teaching in English and French. Jenna has also performed as a singer and actress in both French and English in the U.S. and in France.Jenna Chrol's Courses
Adrien was born to French parents in Stanford, California, and his family's yearly summer trips to France have long been his most cherished memories. As an aspiring young professional cyclist, Adrien lived in Nice, between sea and mountain, where he would train and enjoy the local culture off the bike. After deciding to move away from professional cycling, Adrien spent a summer working on cheese and honey farms in the French Alps, learning the ins and outs of these traditional crafts. He recently graduated from OSU-Cascades with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and is eager to have a positive impact on the lives of the younger generation. Adrien has several years’ experience tutoring K-12 students in the Bay Area, and has also conducted research on the psychology of risk-taking in the outdoors through OSU-Cascades. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar, and gardening, and actively works on making mindfulness and meditation a part of his daily life.Adrien Costa's Courses
Nathalie has a BA in Philosophy and completed studies of French Literature at the Sorbonne (University of Paris). She earned an FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) Teaching Degree from the worldwide headquarters of the Alliance Française in Paris and is also certified by the French National Ministry of Education. Initially a teacher in French elementary schools, she has also enjoyed a career in the tourism industry in Paris and the U.S., and has taught French in the public school system in Oregon as well as Linn-Benton Community College. Nathalie has been teaching at the Alliance since 2004.Nathalie Gerts's Courses
Sarah is French with Moroccan heritage. She holds an MA in Literary Translation from the University of Avignon and an M.A in French from Portland State University. From 2010 to 2013, she taught at Pacific University (as a Fulbright FLTA), Portland State, and the Alliance Française, before returning to France. She passed her certification with the French Education Nationale, and has been teaching in secondary education since 2013. She is now on a sabbatical and has been admitted to the École de Traduction Littéraire in Paris. She translates for several French publishing companies and art journals. Her teaching style is student and fun-oriented. She keeps a close eye on individual and collective progression and will tailor the lessons and her approach to the students' needs. Sarah is passionate about many things: Victor Hugo, folklore, bilingualism, her garden and much more.Sarah Idrissi's Courses
Emmanuel hails from Rochefort, Charente Maritime, on the west coast of France. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, and a B.A. in History and English language from the University of Poitiers. He lectured at the University of Créteil and Paris 8 before moving to Oregon where he currently teaches all levels of French.Emmanuel Laurin's Courses
Lyla has been teaching French for over 25 years in Japan, Thailand, France, New York and San Francisco. She holds a B.A. in French and Russian from New York University and studied voice for 10 years under Dr Helen Dilworth in San Francisco She is also a music coach, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. She has sung in rock bands, classical chorales, musical revues and a gospel choir in San Francisco, France and Thailand. She is currently a member of the Portland Revels Community Chorus and the blues band True Bluesers.Lyla Menzel's Courses
Pierre is originally from Belgium where he studied pedagogy and sociology at the Université de Liège. In addition to teaching at the Alliance, Pierre is also a voice talent for recordings of commercials and guided tours in French for Bruce International. He has been with the Alliance since 2003.Pierre Metens's Courses
Ivy holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and Psychology from the University of Vermont and a Master’s degree in French with a focus on second language acquisition and early French literature from Portland State University. Passionate about the French language from a young age, Ivy spent time living and studying in France both during high school in the town of Laval, and during her undergraduate program attending the Université Grenoble Alpes for FLE, literature and art history. Before moving to Portland in 2018, she taught group and private music lessons to children in Vermont. Ivy has experience working with learners of all ages and enjoys incorporating music and humor into her lessons.Ivy Mills's Courses
Monique, born to a French mother and Polish father, grew up in the U.S. as a first generation American. Her foreign language background includes a Bachelor of Arts in French with a focus on ESL and second language learning and studying abroad in Albi, France. Monique also earned a B.A. in Child Development which prepared her to create individualized, student-centered curriculum. For the last 35 years, Monique has been teaching various subjects to children and adults in non-traditional settings through one-on-one tutoring and small-group lessons.Monique Myhre's Courses
Julie received her Bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Oregon and her Master’s in French with a strong focus on second language acquisition and pedagogy from Portland State University. She previously studied FLE and French literature at the Université of Poitiers in France, then spent three years teaching English in Spain. Julie has extensive experience teaching French, Spanish, and ESOL in a variety of contexts to language learners of all ages.Julie Nelson's Courses
A bona fide Francophile, Melody has been in love with the French language and cultures since childhood. She studied French at Wellesley College, holds an MA in French literature from Middlebury College, and more recently completed an MA in Teaching Foreign Language at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. She has been teaching adolescents and adults for five years. A true polyglot, she can speak Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and Italian, in addition to French and English. Prior to teaching, she worked in fundraising and arts administration.Melody Pao's Courses
Rebecca is a PhD candidate in French and holds two Masters degrees in French (an MA from Hunter College and an MPhil from the Graduate Center, CUNY). She has studied at the Sorbonne Nouvelle and has worked on organic farms in France. She taught French at Hunter College for three years and, in addition to the Alliance Française, is also currently Associate Faculty of French at City University of Seattle.
Lisa holds a BA in French and Spanish, and MA in French and Second Language Acquisition & Teaching, as well as a PhD in French and Francophone Studies. She is specialized in sociolinguistics and has done research in the revitalization of minority languages all over the French speaking world. Her mother's family are native French speakers from Louisiana. She has taught French, Spanish and English as a second language to students of all ages since 1994. She and her husband, a French national from Dijon, have raised their three children in both the US and France to be bilingual and bi-cultural.Lisa Rollot's Courses
Jack Sieber holds a Master’s degree in French Studies from Brown University and has been teaching at the Alliance Française de Portland since 2016. He began his teaching career in 2009 as a teacher of English and has been teaching French for a total of 7 years. Prior to arriving in Portland, he worked at the University of Burgundy in Dijon for 2 years and was a teacher in the French public school system for 2 years.Jack Sieber's Courses
Margarita holds a PhD in literature from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and is a professional translator, working with English, French and Russian. She has extensive experience teaching languages in a variety of learning contexts. Having grown up in the south of Russia, Margarita has since lived in Saint-Petersburg, Lyon, Paris and Berkeley, and currently resides in Seattle.
Marie-Pierre is originally from Lyon and was one of the founders of the French Elementary School program of the Eugene 4-J public school district, She served as a school principal in France before returning to the US where she enjoys teaching at the Alliance in addition to being an adjunct professor at the University of Washington in Vancouver. Marie-Pierre has been with the Alliance since 2008.Marie-Pierre Wolfe's Courses
Elene graduated from the École du Louvre with a Masters of Arts in Museum Education and Cultural Studies. Originally from the Republic of Georgia, she was exposed to French starting from elementary school. She enjoyed teaching children and adults in various Parisian museums and researching for her doctorate at the University of Paris VIII before moving to Portland in 2014.Elene Zedginidze's Courses