Important Announcement

All group and private classes are taught online. The Alliance office is virtual, and Kamm House is open only by appointment. Please contact us at

Book pickup dates: 11am to 2pm Tuesday 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8. Last chance Saturday 9/12, 11am to 2pm.

beaujolais nouveau display copy

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!

Click to view the Events Policy

Events Policy

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.

Click here for directions and parking information

Weekly Apéro-Conversation Group Wednesdays at 5:15pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 5:15pm - 6:10pm
Weekly Apéro-Conversation Group Wednesdays at 5:15pm

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

Read more
Anne Chicard Discusses the Emblems of France: un discours en français
Saturday, August 29, 2020 12pm - 1pm
Anne Chicard Discusses the Emblems of France: un discours en français

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...

Read more
Fall Term Begins September 14: Try Out Our Five-Week Sessions
Monday, September 14, 2020 - Saturday, October 17, 2020
Fall Term Begins September 14: Try Out Our Five-Week Sessions

It's autumn, and the Alliance is offering flexible, low commitment online classes that work with everyone's schedule. (We're staying online to keep everybody safe.) Fall Term runs in two sets of 5-week classes. Fall 1 runs September 14 - October 17, and Fall 2 runs October 19 - November 21.

Browse through French Classes on our website to see the full Fall offerings. You'll find core classes from French 101 through the complete Edito series and a new conversation-based class, Essential Everyday French, for A1 through B2 levels. 

Literary Conversations at the A2/B1 level continues, and each class is conveniently stand-alone, so you can easily join in for just the second five weeks. For advanced students, we have two new classes, Littérature de la francophonie and Les rois de France, as well as Actualité-Culture.

Look for new French à la carte workshops in Fall term as well as continuing favorites.

PDF list of all Fall Term classes

See you online in September !



Read more
Where Design Meets Technology – French Evening at Wacom Experience Center
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6pm - 8pm
Where Design Meets Technology – French Evening at Wacom Experience Center

Have you ever wondered how artists, designers and other creative professionals use digital media in their work? Would you like to know how a product is created and what tools are used during the design process?

Join us for a unique opportunity to discover a digital tool that impacts the world of education, business and art with Douglas Little, Wacom’s Senior Manager of Public Relations, and Thomas Belhacene, Nike Innovation Designer. Doug and Thomas will walk us through the different stages of industrial design process along with a demo. We will be hosted in the beautiful Wacom Experience Center where you will have an opportunity to test drive a variety of Wacom tablets and pen displays! Come immerse yourself in the French language, creativity and a wonderful community.

Refreshments will be provided. Please note that this seminar is in French. 

The attendance is free and open to all, but we kindly ask you to register following this link: 


Location: Wacom Experience Center, 1455 NW Irving Street, Suite 110
Read more

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.

Office Hours

The Alliance office is virtual
during the COVID pandemic.
Contact us at
Call 503.223.8388 from 12-3pm,
Monday through Friday, or leave
a message anytime.

Follow Us


The Alliance Française de Portland is a non-profit 501(c)(3) institution

Copyright © 2020 Alliance Française de Portland

Main Menu

Class Categories