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French Classes for Adults

Adult classes (18+) are taught in French by a native-fluent instructor in a stress-free, exam-free environment. General classes emphasize oral and written comprehension and production. Themed classes and workshops hone in on specific linguistic and cultural skills. Textbooks and course materials are available for purchase at the Alliance.

True Beginner French Classes

These are classes for true beginners or for persons resuming their studies after a long period (and who did not have a significant foundation). The course covers greetings; introductions; nationalities; numbers; expressing preferences; possession; "tu" vs. "vous" forms of address; the near future; -ER conjugations; basic irregular verbs.

Beginner French Classes [A1]

Immediately following the True Beginner Classes, the 102 to 106 series (CECR A1) develops the student's comprehension and speaking skills to include making requests and appointments; comparisons; detailed descriptions; expressing quantities; directions; the simple future; past perfect and imperfect tenses; introduction to the subjunctive.

Intermediate French Classes [A2]

Classes in the range of 201 to 206 (CECR A2) progressively solidify the student's abilities as an independent speaker expressing a wide range of emotions, opinions, intentions and preferences; discussing events in all tenses; developing use of the subjunctive, and more.

Independent French Classes [B1]

This level includes the popular Edito-based classes for mastery of B1 material, as well as themed classes in literature, travel, culture, current events and conversation.

Proficient French Classes [B2]

This level includes the popular Advanced-Edito based classes for mastery of B2 material, as well as themed classes in literature, cinema, translation, culture, and a variety of text-based conversation classes.

Advanced French Classes [C1]

This level includes classes in literature, current events, cinema, translation, arts and culture, and a variety of text-based conversation courses for mastery of C1 material.

Private Lessons for Adults

Private lessons are available Monday through Saturday following a schedule and pace appropriate to the student. Format can be one on one, or small private-group classes. Call 503-223-8388 to discuss options or to schedule your sessions.

Private lesson pricing for adults is $47/hr for one student, $27/hr per student for groups of 2 -4,  $15/hr for groups of 5+.

In private lessons, teachers will develop coursework specific to the student’s needs and goals, including selection of a textbook and a defined curriculum. This private lesson format is suitable for students at all levels, from beginning to advanced.

Students at the intermediate and advanced levels may opt for a less structured approach for pure conversation practice. Called “Conversation à la carte”, these informal conversation sessions are free-flow opportunities to dialogue in French. The convo sessions are $15 per 30-minute block if purchased in a minimum pack of 5 ($75 for five 30-minute sessions or $150 for five 60-minute sessions). The session is $20 per 30 minutes, if paid one at a time.

Intersession Workshops

Intersession workshops are typically single classes and focus on a specific subject. They're sometimes helpful for reviewing one level before moving on to the next.

 

French Classes for Children

The children's program offers classes for Anglophone children ages 2-14, and classes for children ages 11-14 who have formerly attended French immersion schools and wish to keep up their French. The parent-child classes (2-3 year-olds, and 4-6 year-olds) are designed to provide a playful, stimulating environment in which parents and children learn together. In the 7-10 and 11-14 classes, children will study French in an engaging, educational and age-appropriate setting through cultural and linguistic immersion. Following an interactive method designed especially for young learners, each session presents different themes and linguistic skills, allowing students to explore the French language and francophone culture.

Ages 2-3 (with parent present)

Together, children and parents discover and practice French through hands-on activities, games, songs, dance and stories.

Ages 4-6 (with parent present)

Together, children and parents discover and practice French through hands-on activities, games, songs, dance and stories.

Ages 7-10

Lively, interactive lessons for children aged 7-10. Classes are taught in French by an experienced, native-fluent instructor. Classes are offered at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, and are based on an age-appropriate textbook.

Ages 11-14

Lively, interactive lessons for children aged 11-14. Classes are taught in French by an experienced, native-fluent instructor. Classes are offered at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, and are based on an age-appropriate textbook.

Private Lessons for Children

Private lessons for children are available Monday through Saturday following a schedule and pace appropriate to the student. Format can be one-on-one, or small private-group classes. Private lesson pricing for children is $45/hr for one student, $25 per student for groups of 2-4, and $13 an hour for groups of 5 or more. Those rates are valid for blocks of a minimum of 5 lessons (5 hours), pre-paid. Call 503.223.8388 to discuss options or to schedule your sessions.

Summer Camps

The Alliance Summer Camps provide a week filled with engaging discoveries and debates, a complete French immersion, a nurturing community with small groups, and hours of activities with an educational twist. All levels are welcome!

We offer camps for children and teenagers. 

English Classes for Francophones

Notre classe d’Anglais Seconde Langue s’adresse à tous les francophones souhaitant améliorer leur niveau d’anglais pour communiquer dans toutes les situations de la vie quotidienne. Cette classe est enseignée en anglais par un professeur américain ayant aussi une solide connaissance du français. Ces cours, destinés à des adultes ayant déjà certaines bases d’anglais, comprennent des activités de compréhension, d’expression, et de prononciation, ainsi qu’un renforcement de la grammaire, dans une ambiance à la fois conviviale et studieuse.

Si vous êtes grand débutant ou beaucoup plus avancé, contactez la directrice de l’école lindaf@afportland.org.

Intermediate Saison 203 (SPRING TERM) : 203-B

Thursdays at 6:15-8:30pm
04/04/2019 to 06/06/2019
Instructor: Jack Sieber

Required: 202 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Communication: Describing objects; expressing indifference, ignorance, reassurance; writing a for-sale ad; talking about one’s past; identifying stereotypes; conversing on the phone.

Grammar: Comparative & superlative adjectives; demonstrative & interrogative pronouns; subjunctive mood; gerunds; pluperfect; pronouns - en/y/où/dont; verbs – vivre/valoir/accueillir.

Phonetics: / y / /Ø / /oe /; / i / / e / / Ɛ /; / / ã // ɔ̃ /; / j /.

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Le Polar (SPRING TERM) : POLAR

Wednesdays at 10-12:15pm
04/03/2019 to 06/05/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

Required: Edito B1 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B1/B2 level.

Description: Le polar, le rompol, le roman policier sont les étiquettes du genre littéraire fascinant et merveilleux du monde d’Arsène Lupin, de l’Inspecteur Maigret et de San-Antonio. Explorez les oeuvres de Fred Vargas, Maurice Leblanc, Paul Merault, Georges Simenon et d’autres avec des lectures de romans et des extraits des années 1950-1990.

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Art-A: Onsite at PAM : ART-A

Tuesdays at 10-12:15pm
04/02/2019 to 04/30/2019
Instructor: Elene Zedginidze

Required: B1/B2 or equiv.

Description: Bring your walking shoes and notebooks for five weeks of Advanced art critique and Portland Art Museum visits. This class will enrich your vocabulary and improve your communication skills through close observation of artworks and slow looking. During each museum visit, students will have the opportunity to present individual critiques or share as a group. The first class will be held in the Kamm House; the following four will meet at the PAM.

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Beginning 102 (SPRING TERM) : 102-EZ

Saturdays at 10-12:15pm
04/06/2019 to 06/08/2019
Instructor: Linda Blanchette

Required: 101 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Describing people, lodging, leisure and daily activities; expressing one’s preferences; responding to ads; telling time.

Grammar: Gender and number of nouns/adjectives; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; futur proche; quel/quelle…; prepositions of place – dans/chez/sur/sous; on = nous; verbs: venir, aller, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.

Phonetics: Plural liaison; /y/, /EU, /E/

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Advanced Edito (SPRING TERM) : EDA-BZ2:3/4

Fridays at 10-12:15pm
04/05/2019 to 06/07/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

Required: Edito B1 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B2 level.

Description: Advanced Edito is a method geared toward adults wishing to gain mastery of CECR level B2. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips), including the media, arts & culture, travel, history, the environment, the working world, and more. Edito classes can be taken in any sequence; thus the books are used for several terms.

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CultConvo - Histoire de Paris (SPRING TERM) : CultConvo

Thursdays at 6:15-8:30pm
04/04/2019 to 06/06/2019
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

Required: Edito B2 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B2/C1 level.

Description: En mêlant histoire et géographie, ce cours interactif vous propose de voyager dans Paris et dans son histoire. De la période gallo-romaine au XXe siècle, nous présenterons les différents visages de la capitale française au gré de monuments, tels que les Arènes de Lutèce, la Tour St Jacques ou la butte Montmartre, qui incarnent ces diverses périodes du développement de Paris.

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Beginning Saison 103 (SPRING TERM) : 103-F

Saturdays at 1:30pm-3:45pm
04/06/2019 to 06/08/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

Required: 102 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1/A2 level.

Communication: Describing clothing, a past outing, a film; expressing one’s opinion, congratulations; writing a recipe, invitation, correspondence; ordering in a restaurant; conversing at table, in a store.

Grammar: Demonstrative adjectives; adverbs of frequency; reflexive verbs; imperative; partitive article & quantities;  passé composé w/ être; imperfect tense; negation - ne…plus, ne…jamais; en; il faut.

Phonetics: Intonation; /o/ / ɔ̃ /; /a / / ã /.

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Beginning French 101 (SPRING TERM) : 101-D

Wednesdays at 10-12:15pm
04/03/2019 to 06/05/2019
Instructor: Patricia Bourque

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Greetings; introducing oneself and others; understanding phone calls, contact details; providing  personal information; discussing seasons, months, days of the week, dates; sharing one’s likes, dislikes; counting  0 – 100.

Grammar: Definite articles “le, la, les”; adjectives of nationality; negation “ne…pas”; prepositions before cities/countries;  verbs: “avoir, s’appeler, être”.

Phonetics: Alphabet; rhythmic groups; word stress.

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Beginning Saison 103 (SPRING TERM) : 103-D

Tuesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
04/02/2019 to 06/04/2019
Instructor: Nathalie Gerts

Required: 102 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1/A2 level.

Communication: Describing clothing, a past outing, a film; expressing one’s opinion, congratulations; writing a recipe, invitation, correspondence; ordering in a restaurant; conversing at table, in a store.

Grammar: Demonstrative adjectives; adverbs of frequency; reflexive verbs; imperative; partitive article & quantities;  passé composé w/ être; imperfect tense; negation - ne…plus, ne…jamais; en; il faut.

Phonetics: Intonation; /o/ / ɔ̃ /; /a / / ã /.

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Actualité - Culture : ActuCult

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
04/01/2019 to 06/03/2019
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

Required: Edito B2 or equiv. Prepare for CECR  B2/C1 level.

Description: Ce cours de'actualité se concentrera sur le monde francophone : lecture, écoute, compréhension et discussions sur de récents événements politiques, sociologiques, environnementaux, sportifs et culturels avec supports des différents médias : journaux, podcast, radio et vidéos.

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Parking Information

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

Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00
Classes are held until 8:30
Saturday 9:30-1:00
or by appointment

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