Important Announcement

All group and private classes are taught online until further notice. The Alliance office is also virtual, and Kamm House is open only by appointment. Please contact us at info@afportland.org. 

  • French Classes

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.

In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

French à la carte

Join fellow francophones for French à la carte – theme and topic specific workshops orchestrated online by an Alliance Française teacher. Choose among core French language skills workshops and cultural discussions. Levels range from A1 to C1. Drop in for a single session or take a series of four. All sessions run an hour and a half.

In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

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.

In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

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.

In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

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.

In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

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.


In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

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.


In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

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.


In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

Essential Everyday French

Essential Everyday French classes (three levels A1/A2, A2/B1, B1), focus on oral communication and comprehension at three levels. Practical, everyday topics are woven into real-life dialogues with vocabulary (both formal and slang/informal) and grammar tips. Improve your conversational skills, gain confidence and start talking!

Civilisation de la Francophonie

Through the text, Civilisation progressive de la francophonie, learn about the diversity and richness of societies outside of France; the culture and civilization, traditional dances, food, transportation and more.

The Art of Writing in French

Writing in French can be challenging even at the highest level. Classes will be focused on learning the nuances of French orthography and perfecting strategies for communicating in written French.

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.

In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

Ages 5-6

The classes for 5 and 6 year olds will study subjects sure to spark their imagination and curiosity. Whether your child is a beginner learner or well on their way toward fluency, you will find a perfect fit to enhance and enrich their daily activities with French language practice and, more importantly, fun.

Ages 7-10

After the online school day has ended and with few after-school programs available this fall, your child may want or need some additional French practice in subjects sure to spark their imagination and curiosity. Whether your child is a true beginner or well on their way toward fluency, you will find a perfect fit to enhance and enrich their online school activities with French language practice and, more importantly, fun. Choose from French for True Beginners, or Nature Explorers at Introductory or Continuing Immersion levels.

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.

In response to COVID19, the Alliance is keeping its social distance by only offering online classes until further notice. See you online!

Image à la loupe - Afternoon - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B1/B2 - Session 4 : Art Convo - 4

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Tuesdays at 1:00-2:30pm
02/02/2021 to 02/02/2021
Instructor: Elene Zedginidze

Train your observation skills and share your love of art. Elene will be guiding you through discovery of the two or three artworks per session. Just like in the museum!

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French Literature- B1/B2 - FRENCH A LA CARTE - Session 2 : French Literature - Session 2

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Thursdays at 6:00-7:30pm
01/21/2021 to 01/21/2021
Instructor: Margarita Smagina

You don’t have to be 100% proficient to read and understand "serious" literature in French. With this selection of short excerpts from French-language works of fiction, you will explore the themes of freedom, difference, memory, and language. This will allow you to strengthen your speaking and reading skills, as well as deepen your knowledge of les lettres françaises.

January 21: Difference
Assia Djebar - L’Amour, la fantasia (1985)

You may sign up here for one session only for $28, or choose a bundle of four for $105.

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French Literature- B1/B2 - FRENCH A LA CARTE - Session 3 : French Literature - Session 3

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Thursdays at 6:00-7:30pm
01/28/2021 to 01/28/2021
Instructor: Margarita Smagina

You don’t have to be 100% proficient to read and understand "serious" literature in French. With this selection of short excerpts from French-language works of fiction, you will explore the themes of freedom, difference, memory, and language. This will allow you to strengthen your speaking and reading skills, as well as deepen your knowledge of les lettres françaises.

January 28: Memory
Patrick Modiano - Dora Bruder (1997)

You may sign up here for one session only for $28, or choose a bundle of four for $105.

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French Literature- B1/B2 - FRENCH A LA CARTE - Session 4 : French Literature - Session 4

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Thursdays at 6:00-7:30pm
02/04/2021 to 02/04/2021
Instructor: Margarita Smagina

You don’t have to be 100% proficient to read and understand "serious" literature in French. With this selection of short excerpts from French-language works of fiction, you will explore the themes of freedom, difference, memory, and language. This will allow you to strengthen your speaking and reading skills, as well as deepen your knowledge of les lettres françaises.

February 4: Language
Nancy Huston - Nord perdu (1999)

You may sign up here for one session only for $28, or choose a bundle of four for $105.

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Les expressions françaises décortiquées - B2/C1 - FRENCH A LA CARTE - Session 2 : Les expressions françaises décortiquées - B2/C1 Session 2

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Tuesdays at 10:30-12:00pm
01/19/2021 to 01/19/2021
Instructor: Sarah Idrissi

Sautons à pieds-joints dans la nouvelle année avec des expressions courantes ! Vous voulez pouvoir parler de vos fêtes de fin d'année et votre célébration du Nouvel An, de vos résolutions pour la nouvelle année, ou présenter correctement vos meilleurs vœux en français ? Voici un cours qui vous permettra d'ajouter de nouvelles expressions à votre vocabulaire ; elles sont fraîchement récoltées dans les rues de Lille, dans le nord de la France. Bien que le cours favorise la communication orale, on y utilisera les 4 compétences langagières (écouter, lire, parler, écrire). La pratique comprendra des activités engageantes et du matériel authentique.

19 janvier : Les lendemains de fête : gueule de bois, crise de foie, ou Nouvel An dans la joie ?
Comprendre et savoir repérer les euphémismes et expressions autour de la gastronomie de fête et la consommation d'alcool. Parler des excès, de ses préférences et faire des recommandations (subjonctif, conditionnel). Différencier « nouvel an, nouvelle année » et toutes les expressions en lien.

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Les expressions françaises décortiquées - B2/C1 - FRENCH A LA CARTE - Session 3 : Les expressions françaises décortiquées - B2/C1 Session 3

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Tuesdays at 10:30-12:00pm
01/26/2021 to 01/26/2021
Instructor: Sarah Idrissi

Sautons à pieds-joints dans la nouvelle année avec des expressions courantes ! Vous voulez pouvoir parler de vos fêtes de fin d'année et votre célébration du Nouvel An, de vos résolutions pour la nouvelle année, ou présenter correctement vos meilleurs vœux en français ? Voici un cours qui vous permettra d'ajouter de nouvelles expressions à votre vocabulaire ; elles sont fraîchement récoltées dans les rues de Lille, dans le nord de la France. Bien que le cours favorise la communication orale, on y utilisera les 4 compétences langagières (écouter, lire, parler, écrire). La pratique comprendra des activités engageantes et du matériel authentique.


26 janvier : "Bonne année, bonne santé et plein de sous dans le porte-monnaie !" Se souhaiter la bonne année ?

Connaître les formules pour se souhaiter la bonne année entre proches, à ses ami·e·s et ses relations professionnelles.

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Les expressions françaises décortiquées - B2/C1 - FRENCH A LA CARTE - Session 4 : Les expressions françaises décortiquées - B2/C1 Session 4

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Tuesdays at 10:30-12:00pm
02/02/2021 to 02/02/2021
Instructor: Sarah Idrissi

Sautons à pieds-joints dans la nouvelle année avec des expressions courantes ! Vous voulez pouvoir parler de vos fêtes de fin d'année et votre célébration du Nouvel An, de vos résolutions pour la nouvelle année, ou présenter correctement vos meilleurs vœux en français ? Voici un cours qui vous permettra d'ajouter de nouvelles expressions à votre vocabulaire ; elles sont fraîchement récoltées dans les rues de Lille, dans le nord de la France. Bien que le cours favorise la communication orale, on y utilisera les 4 compétences langagières (écouter, lire, parler, écrire). La pratique comprendra des activités engageantes et du matériel authentique.

2 février : Les bonnes résolutions

Ecouter les résolutions des Français, présenter ses bonnes résolutions en employant des expressions courantes ou imagées.

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Traduction B2/C1 - FRENCH A LA CARTE - Session 2 : Traduction - Session 2

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Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30pm
01/20/2021 to 01/20/2021
Instructor: Margarita Smagina

This series of workshops will allow you not only to develop your translation skills, but also learn how the French language works “from inside out” by comparing and contrasting it with English. Each workshop will introduce a specific translation challenge, illustrated by the short texts of various genres.

January 20: Translating neologisms and invented vocabulary
Boris Vian - L'Écume des jours (1947)

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Traduction B2/C1 - FRENCH A LA CARTE - Session 3 : Traduction - Session 3

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Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30pm
01/27/2021 to 01/27/2021
Instructor: Margarita Smagina

This series of workshops will allow you not only to develop your translation skills, but also learn how the French language works “from inside out” by comparing and contrasting it with English. Each workshop will introduce a specific translation challenge, illustrated by the short texts of various genres.

January 27: Translating metalanguage
Jeanne Favret-Saada - Les Mots, la Mort, les Sorts : la sorcellerie dans le bocage (1977)

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Traduction B2/C1 - FRENCH A LA CARTE - Session 4 : Traduction - Session 4

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Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30pm
02/03/2021 to 02/03/2021
Instructor: Margarita Smagina

This series of workshops will allow you not only to develop your translation skills, but also learn how the French language works “from inside out” by comparing and contrasting it with English. Each workshop will introduce a specific translation challenge, illustrated by the short texts of various genres.

Febryary 3: Translating gender-inclusive language
Iris Brey - Le Regard féminin : Une révolution à l'écran (2020)

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Régions de France - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B2/C1 - Session 2 : Régions_S2

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Thursdays at 10:00-11:30am
01/21/2021 to 01/21/2021
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

Emmanuel vous fera voyager dans différentes régions de France à la découverte de leurs plus beaux monuments et de leur histoire. Ne manquez pas cette opportunité d’immersion dans la culture française tout en restant dans votre canapé!

21 janvier vous visiterez les Pyrénées Orientales.

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Régions de France - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B2/C1 - Session 3 : Régions_S3

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Thursdays at 10:00-11:30am
01/28/2021 to 01/28/2021
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

Emmanuel vous fera voyager dans différentes régions de France à la découverte de leurs plus beaux monuments et de leur histoire. Ne manquez pas cette opportunité d’immersion dans la culture française tout en restant dans votre canapé!

28 janvier vous visiterez l'Aude.

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Régions de France - FRENCH A LA CARTE - B2/C1 - Session 4 : Régions_S4

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Thursdays at 10:00-11:30am
02/04/2021 to 02/04/2021
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

Emmanuel vous fera voyager dans différentes régions de France à la découverte de leurs plus beaux monuments et de leur histoire. Ne manquez pas cette opportunité d’immersion dans la culture française tout en restant dans votre canapé!

4 février vous visiterez l'Héraut.

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Parking Information

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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