Featured Portland French Events
The Alliance Française holds cultural events throughout the year, large and small. They are mostly in English and are open to the public. Come join us!
The member discount is applicable for one ticket per member.
Guests must pay the non-member price. Please note that a reservation is only confirmed upon receiving payment.
If tickets are available, the Alliance can accept payment at the door by credit card, check, or cash.
- Registration for Alliance Française events can be made in person at our office, over the phone, by mail, or through the web site.
- Please make all checks payable to: Alliance Française de Portland. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
Cancellations & Refunds:
- Refunds will be automatically issued if the Alliance cancels an event.
- If you need to cancel your registration for an event, you must do so at least 24 hours prior to the start of the program, and you will be fully credited toward a future event.
- Refunds must be requested in writing no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled event and will incur a 4% credit card processing fee.
This fall, all classes are offered in two five-week-long modules. You may choose to attend just one or take both parts. We highly recommend signing up for both sections from the beginning to ensure your spot in both; space is limited and the other section might turn up full if you wait till later to enroll.
Choose from one of the registration discounts – valid up until August 12:
- Everyone is invited to enjoy a 10% Early Bird discount using the code earlybird at checkout.
- Seniors are eligible for a 15% discount using the code senior.
Don't miss an opportunity to study the French cinéma through the lens of racial and social inequalities. This is a new addition to our French à la carte program!
You will study two award-winning movies, Intouchables and Indigènes, each over a two-week period. First, the teacher will cover the cinematographic techniques, the plot and vocabulary specific to each film. Then students will discuss racial questions and inequalities shown in the plot and also study the historic and social context.
The class is designed for B1-C1 level students and meets every Thursday at 6 pm for 1.5 hours over 4 weeks. July 16 - August 6.
Sign up for a bundle of four for $105 or drop in on any single class for $28.
On Thursday, August 13, discover the secrets of the Paris Métro with Charles Coulon. Charles, who lived in Paris and is bilingual in French and English, is an acknowledged Métro expert and knows the grid and its history like no one else.
He will describe highlights of the Métro’s history, including little-known facts and rare photos. He’ll challenge the audience’s knowledge with fun, interactive quizzes. He’ll tell you which stations you should make a point of visiting and why, during your visit to the city.
This event, in English with some French vocabulary, will be on Zoom and is free to AF members. (Not a member? Sign up on the event registration form.) You'll receive the Zoom link by the day of the event. Note that registration will close on August 12.
This event is a collaboration of AF Portland with our national organization, the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA and the AF of Du Page.
From Martinique to the Ivory Coast, from Louisiana to Madagascar, kids and teens across the globe are playing and learning together in French. We’ll show you how much fun they are having! Join our camp via Zoom for an enriching week of music, art, dance and games with four different profs. All levels of French are welcome.
Campers are divided into two age groups, 6-10 or 11-15, with daily sessions from 9am-12pm August 17-21. Camp is $225 for the week, with early bird registration $205 before August 3. Use the summercamp_earlybird discount.
Our camp is an online immersion program open to all levels. Teachers will speak to students in French first, then make sure everyone in the group understands the exchange. Children are helped by visual tools and the context of the situation, becoming familiar with simple instructions and vocabulary specific to the theme of the activities proposed during the week.
Oliver Gee, the host of the popular Paris podcast The Earful Tower, has lived in Paris since 2015. His podcast has 60,000 downloads per month and was recently lauded by the New York Times as a great way to travel by ear.
He recently published his first book, Paris On Air, a memoir telling the often laugh-out-loud stories from his past five years in the French capital.
Oliver knows the city of Paris intimately and will share five carefully curated and undiscovered secrets of the city with the Alliance Française audience on Saturday, August 22, via Zoom. Great for planning your next trip to the City of Lights!
This event, in English with a smattering of French vocabulary, will be on Zoom and is free to AF members. (Not a member yet? Sign up on the event registration form. It’s just $36 per year.) Registrants will receive the Zoom link the morning of the presentation.
This event is a collaboration of AF Portland with our national organization, the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA.
To register, please click here.
The Alliance’s free weekly conversation group on Zoom, run by board members and other volunteers, is available for drop-in conversation on Wednesday nights in August at 5:15pm.
It attracts 20-30 registrants who converse in small groups (Breakout Rooms) of 4-5 people for 3-4 segments of 14 minutes. The groups get re-created/mixed so that everyone gets to chat with a new group-
Levels include lower-intermediate to advanced and native-level speakers. Most high-A2 to C1 students can feel comfortable in this mixed-level conversational setting. Not sure of your level? Check in with the AF Portland office for guidance.
Sign up to be added to the reminder emails for upcoming sessions (no need to sign up again if you’ve already signed up for an earlier session). These groups are free, but memberships are strongly encouraged (just $36 provides membership benefits for a full year and is tax-deductible).
Register for Apéro-Conversation Reminder Emails
In this French-language talk (at the intermediate level), Anne Chicard will discuss emblems of France using proverbs, colloquial expressions and anecdotes. For example, why does the Gallic rooster represent France and what does it mean about national identity? She pulls citations from across the literary spectrum, from humor to pedagogical and philosophical texts.
Biography: Anne Chicard is a French teacher, writer and therapist with a focus on violence (domestic violence, workplace and academic harassment) and issues related to expatriation and multiculturalism. With a degree in law and criminology, she also educates professionals on the principles of violence, secularism and French values.
Dans ce discours, Anne Chicard parlera des emblèmes de la France et des petites histoires autour de ces emblèmes. Au fil de son discours, elle incorporera quelques citations et proverbes. Par exemple: Pourquoi le coq est un emblème de la France? Son spectre littéraire s'étend du livre d'humour aux livres à visée pédagogique.
Biographie : Anne Chicard est thérapeute, spécialiste des violences (violences intrafamiliales, violences au travail et violences scolaires) et des problématiques liées à l'expatriation et à l'interculturalité. Etant diplômée en droit et en criminologie, elle dispense également des formations à destination des professionnels et des particuliers notamment sur la thématique des violences, des...