Description: Designed for students who are Anglophones, these classes offer instruction to true beginners. Different themes with corresponding vocabulary, songs and games will enrich students’ linguistic immersion experience.
An experienced Alliance teacher will be your guide.
Placement tests are strongly suggested for all prospective students (both adult and children) who have any previous background with French, such as:
Registrations are accepted in the order received until the class is full. The average group class size is 5-8; maximum size is 10-12.
If a class is full, a student can request to be placed on the waiting list. You will be contacted by email and by phone as soon as there is an opening in the original class due to a withdrawal, or when the number of students requires that an additional class be opened.
A current Alliance Française membership is required for enrollment in any Alliance class, workshop, or immersion. The basic membership fee is valid for 12 months and carries these benefits: eligibility to register for classes; discounts at selected retailers and restaurants; borrowing privileges from the School’s lending library of books and audio/video materials; and members rates for social and cultural events. Membership fees are not refundable.
Books are required for most classes. Books are not mailed. They will be distributed on the first day of the session or can be picked up beforehand at our office, 1425 SW 20th Avenue, Suite 105. Tuition costs do not include textbooks, workbooks, materials, or other books required for core and thematic classes. No book can be returned once picked up by students. The Alliance does not provide photocopies of required books.
Payment must be made in full at time of registration, by credit card (VISA/MC/AMEX), check*, or cash. This includes payment for the membership. Books or materials can be bought on the first day of class. *A $25 surcharge will be levied on all checks returned to the Alliance for insufficient funds.
FlexPay Option: A student will pay half of the tuition ($155) to register for the class (plus applicable books and membership fees) and then pay the balance at mid-term (week 5 of the 10-week session.) FlexPay may only be used for 10-week group classes. Discounts do not apply to FlexPay registrations.
The Alliance offers two discounts for students in regular term, 10-week classes:
Discounts do not apply to Private Tutoring, Workshops, or Immersions. Discounts apply only to course fees and not to books or membership fees. Discounts will be taken at the time of registration.
Missed classes are not refunded or pro-rated. However, students are encouraged to utilize complimentary makeup options. Please notify the office of your plan to sit in on a different class for a makeup so that the staff may alert the teacher. Note that makeups must take place prior to the next regularly scheduled group class.
Students in 101-105 classes may attend another session of the same class on a different day and time the same week as a makeup. All classes follow the same syllabus and so will cover the same material. If attending another class is not possible, 100-level students may schedule one private (one-on-one) 30-minute makeup session per term through the office. Additional one-on-one makeups will be billed at $38 per 45-minute session. Students who cancel or miss their scheduled complimentary one-on-one makeup will forfeit the makeup lesson. Makeups cannot be re-scheduled.
Students of Edito classes or thematic classes may attend any other class at the same or similar CECR level as a makeup (for example, another Edito class or another themed class of a similar level) during the same week.
The Alliance Française de Portland finalizes class schedules based on enrollments at the start of the term. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a class that does not meet the minimum enrollment standard (four students) for opening a class. If the quota is not met, the Alliance will use its discretion whether to open or cancel the class or to offer alternatives. Enrolled students will be notified by email and/or by phone.
For all Group Classes (including Standard Term, Immersions, and Workshops):
In case the student does not have the level to go to following course, the Alliance reserves the right to request that the student repeats the course.
The Alliance Française de Portland follows the Portland public school system closures during inclement weather. Check the Alliance website for weather-related updates. Please note that if the Alliance is open, we follow our regular business hours, and classes take place at their regularly scheduled times unless otherwise indicated. Class cancellations and make-up classes are announced and scheduled by email.
Adult classes are for age 18 and up. If you are a student under 18, please have a parent or guardian contact us to discuss possibilities.
Classes at our Alliance Française are not typical of other institutions where you may have previously studied a foreign language. Our classes are small, between 4-10 students. The immersion method is faithfully followed by instructors and students alike. All textbooks and workbooks are designed to instruct and assist students only in French, starting with the very first lesson.In order to ensure your success in the classroom, here are some guidelines to follow:
To help ensure a successful class experience for everyone, these habits are strongly discouraged:
When their child is under the age of 6, we ask parents/legal guardians/nannies to attend the classes. This is for security reasons, but also because the adult in the child’s life is part of the learning process.
For ages 6 to 14: children cannot be dropped off or left unattended once the class is over. Parents need to accompany their children to class and pick them up on time.
All students are required to be members of the Alliance Française de Portland to enroll in classes. Student memberships are available at $20 a year. Tuition costs do not include membership. The Alliance recommends that parents enrolling more than one child in classes take a Family Membership: the last and first names of the students and their age must be added to the membership so the teacher has the right information for roll call. Parents enrolling only one child can elect to buy an individual or student membership for the child. Parents need to fill in their name and contact information as well as that of their child in the membership.
We ask that parents inform their teacher if their child has to miss classes for any reason. Students may attend a different section of a course at the same level as their own to make up a class (if such class is available), but they need to notify the office in advance. Class fees will not be pro-rated.
Tuition and other fees must be made in full at the time of registration. Minimum purchase of 5 lesson hours is reuired.Private course tuition is non-refundable.Private classes expire 12 months after date of purchase.
Students in private lessons must notify their teacher and the Alliance office of any change to the scheduled session by phone or email by 5 PM the day before. After the 5 PM deadline, there will be a penalty deduction of half the regular lesson time (e.g. 30 minutes for a 1-hour lesson).
Private classes follow the Portland Public School System closures, or by arrangement with your teacher.
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.
Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00Classes are held until 8:30Saturday 9:30-1:00 or by appointment
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