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

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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!

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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.

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Weekly Apéro-Conversation Group Wednesdays at 5:15pm
Wednesday, September 02, 2020 5:15pm - Wednesday, September 30, 2020 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 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

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Fall children's classes for 5 to 10 year olds
Monday, September 14, 2020 - Saturday, November 21, 2020
Fall children

Art Studio, Science Lab, Travel Club - Who’s ready for fun?

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. The Alliance Française de Portland is excited to offer a brand new after-school immersion program for children ages 5 through 10. Whether your  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.

Introductory Immersion classes welcome beginning French students. Continuing Immersion classes are designed for those already experienced in French language immersion.

This fall, all classes are offered in two five-week modules. Fall 1 runs September 14 - October 17, and Fall 2 runs October 19 - November 21.

Here's what you can expect:

One hour of instruction in a small group setting with an instructor specializing in children's education. Activities that target various types of learning: visual, auditory, kinesthetic (or hands-on), reading and writing. Individual at-home activities to continue exploring, creating and practicing independently after each session. Discovery of new subjects and culture. An afternoon of fun!

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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.

PDF list of core classes

This fall, we are offering 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.

PDF list of specialty and cultural classes

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 !



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The French 101 Learning Companion
Monday, September 21, 2020 - Monday, October 12, 2020
The French 101 Learning Companion


This fall the French à la carte program offers a brand new workshop to help navigate the beginning of your French immersion journey with next to no stress. Build a solid foundation for your French immersion classes by learning the basics explained in English. Learn French fundamental linguistic elements and essential phrases. Consolidate what you have learned in your Edito classes or prepare yourself for future immersion classes. This workshop is especially recommended for true beginners who have just begun the Edito series level 101 at the Alliance. Offered on Mondays, 6-7:30pm.

09/21 - Pronouns, verbs avoir/être/s’appeler, introductions, tu and vous, alphabet, asking questions, numbers 0-15 and essential phrases for your first French interactions. 09/28 - Days of the week/months/seasons, countries and nationalities, ER verbs, numbers 16-30 and modes of transportation. 10/05 - Definite and indefinite articles, numbers 31-45, family, professions and leisure. 10/12 - Numbers 46-69 and practice the topics learned in previous sessions.

Sign up and save with a bundle of four for $105 or choose any single session for $28.

Space is limited. Register now to ensure your spot.

Register for a bundle of four

Visit "French à la carte" page

Location: Online
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A Frenchwoman in Provence, with Mireille Guiliano
Saturday, September 26, 2020 11am - 12pm
A Frenchwoman in Provence, with Mireille Guiliano

AF Portland joins with the national Federation of Alliances Françaises for a presentation by acclaimed author Mireille Guiliano as she reads from her new book-in-progress, discusses Covid-19 and revisits the principles of her best-seller, Why French Women Don’t Get Fat. She’ll also share some recipes that arose from the Covid-19 situation. She’ll discuss her passion for painting, her life in Provence, and she’ll welcome questions from the audience.

Mireille Guiliano is the author of French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, the #1 New York Times bestseller, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages. (Photo credit: Tim Knox)

A former chief executive at LVMH (Clicquot Inc.) and member of the Moet-Hennessy Executive Committee, she has been called “the high priestess of French lady wisdom” (USA Today), “ an ambassador of France and its art of living” (Le Figaro), “an idea entrepreneur” (Harvard Business Review) and “an art-of-living guru” (The New York Times). Mireille (Meer-ray) has appeared on nearly every major talk and news show and has been profiled in the New York Times, USA Today, TIME, People, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, and dozens of other publications.

She is also the author of Meet Paris Oyster; French Women for...

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Montre et Raconte: Crafts Event in French with Gail Durham
Saturday, September 26, 2020 1pm - 2pm
Montre et Raconte: Crafts Event in French with Gail Durham

Gail Durham is a retired French and Spanish teacher whose involvement in the arts goes back decades. She has worked in clay, bronze, letterpress, weaving, paper making, bookbinding, enamel, felt, woodblock printing, wood engraving, drawing, oil and acrylics. 

A favorite passion is beads, including glass beads,  paper beads, ceramic beads, silver beads and even a few bronze beads.

In this session, Gail will do a “show and tell” in French on some of her favorite projects – new and old – explaining the processes and the inspiration, which comes from nature.

In this format, you’ll easily be able to understand new vocabulary, and we hope you’ll leave with some inspiration of your own to create art.

This is a free event, but please register so we know you're coming.


Register for Montre et Raconte




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An Interview with Scott Dominic Carpenter, author of French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris
Thursday, October 01, 2020 4pm - 5pm
An Interview with Scott Dominic Carpenter, author of French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris

AF Portland joins with the national Federation of Alliances Françaises for a presentation by Scott Dominic Carpenter with interviewer Don George about Carpenter’s hilarious new memoir, French Like Moi: A Midwesterner in Paris.

When Scott Dominic Carpenter moves from Minnesota to Paris, little does he suspect the dramas that await: scheming neighbors, police denunciations, surly demonstrators, cooking disasters, medical mishaps―not to mention all those lectures about cheese! It turns out that nothing in the City of Light can be taken for granted, where even trips to the grocery store lead to adventure.

In French Like Moi, Carpenter guides us through the merry labyrinth of the everyday, one hilarious faux pas after another. Through it all, he keeps his eye on the central mystery of what makes the French French (and Midwesterners Midwestern).

Scott Dominic Carpenter teaches literature and creative writing at Carleton College (MN). Winner of a Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Prize (2018) and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, he’s the author of Theory of Remainders: A Novel (named to Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Books of 2013”) and of This Jealous Earth: Stories. His shorter work has appeared in a wide variety of venues, including South Dakota Review, The Rumpus, Silk Road, Catapult, and various anthologies. His...

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An Enchanting Journey Down the Seine with former NYT Bureau Chief Elaine Sciolino
Tuesday, October 06, 2020 12pm - 1pm
An Enchanting Journey Down the Seine with former NYT Bureau Chief Elaine Sciolino

In the follow-up to her bestselling book THE ONLY STREET IN PARIS, Elaine Sciolino, former Paris Bureau Chief of the New York Times, will share stories of her fascinating adventures along the most romantic river in the world as she discusses her beguiling book, THE SEINE: The River That Made Paris. She’ll talk about how artists like Monet and Matisse, writers such as Hemingway and Flaubert, musicians, and filmmakers were inspired by the river. She’ll regale us with tales of the wonderful real life characters she met on her journey down the Seine as she charts a course through history, recounting how the river has carried Roman conquerors, Viking invaders, World War II soldiers, and the ashes of Joan of Arc and of Napoléon Bonaparte in its current.

Following this great body of water from its source in Burgundy to where it meets the sea in Le Havre, Sciolino deftly captures the natural ambience as she explores a champagne vineyard, joins the river police on patrol, and rows with an antique boat-restorer. Along the way, she reveals how the river that created Paris and shaped the lives of its inhabitants has touched her own life.
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Pursuing the Dream: Living and Investing in France, with Adrian Leeds
Saturday, October 10, 2020 11am - 12pm
Pursuing the Dream: Living and Investing in France, with Adrian Leeds

AF Portland joins with the national Federation of Alliances Françaises for a presentation with Adrian Leeds of the Adrian Leeds Group. If you’ve had even a glimmer of an idea to enrich your life with a move to France – whether living full-time or part-time in the Hexagone –  this is your opportunity to learn the steps to help make the dream come true. In this one-hour session on Zoom you’ll get the inside scoop from moving-to-France and property expert, Adrian Leeds. Adrian has lived in France for over 25 years; her expertise has been featured on House Hunters International.

She understands the ins and outs of finding an apartment to rent or a home to buy anywhere in France (not just Paris). In this session she’ll discuss getting a visa, determining where in France you might want to live, and the steps to finding the perfect home. The session will also include an open forum for questions.

Adrian Leeds: French property expert, HGTV personality, published journalist and author, events coordinator, marketing, public relations and communications expert, Adrian Leeds® arrived in Paris in 1994 with more than 21 years of experience in marketing and public relations, not to mention...

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Les échanges culturels franco-russes, un discours de Margarita Smagina, en français
Saturday, October 24, 2020 1pm - 2pm
Les échanges culturels franco-russes, un discours de Margarita Smagina, en français

Why did Catherine the Great buy up Voltaire’s library? How did Jules Verne’s fantasy novels influence Tolstoy’s philosophy of nature? And why did Tolstoy write a third of his literary masterpiece, War and Peace, in French? What led to Paris becoming an epicenter of Russian immigration? And why have Diaghilev’s Les Saisons russes received such accolades from French and European audiences? These are just a few of the questions this talk will invite you to explore, while illustrating the extraordinarily rich intellectual and artistic exchanges between France and Russia. We will look at several key figures and events, underlining their profound influence on the history of Western arts.

Pourquoi Catherine II a-t-elle acquis la bibliothèque de Voltaire ? Comment les romans fantastiques de Jules Verne ont-ils influencé la philosophie de la nature de Léon Tolstoï ? Et dans quel but ce dernier a-t-il écrit un tiers de son chef-d’œuvre romanesque, Guerre et Paix, en français ? Comment Paris est-elle devenue un haut lieu de l’émigration russe ? Et pourquoi Les Saisons russes de Serge de Diaghilev ont-elles connu un tel succès chez le public français et européen ? Voici quelques questions auxquelles cette communication introductive invitera à réfléchir pour démontrer l’extraordinaire...

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An Encounter with French Writer & Actor Max Élisée: en français
Saturday, October 31, 2020 11am - 12pm
An Encounter with French Writer & Actor Max Élisée: en français

Join us on Saturday, October 31, at 11 a.m. for a “live” discussion in French on Zoom with Max Élisée, a French actor, screenwriter, and novelist. Max, who lives in Avignon, has ties to Portland through his friends and part-time neighbors, Alliance Française of Portland members, the Gardners.
In the Zoom session, François Wevers, President of the Alliance Française of Portland, will join Élisée for a discussion of the writer’s novels, including his latest release, Le baobab enflammé: Frédéric Edgard, vieux « chabin », c'est-à-dire, aux Antilles françaises, Blanc de race noire, a gardé pour lui les souffrances endurées durant son enfance. Seulement, le « garder pour soi » censé le protéger au fil du temps a laissé son cerveau au regret de n'avoir pas su en tirer parti au cours de son existence. Or, avant de s'en aller définitivement, il doit absolument faire le point sur sa vie pour préserver sa lignée d'une malédiction inévitable.

Elisée's most recent book, Le baobab enflammé, is available on Amazon, as well as his previous novel.
This event will be entirely in French and is suitable for intermediate and advanced students and native speakers. Tickets...

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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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