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.
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...
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.
See you online in September !
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: