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All group and private classes are taught online through March 2021. 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, October 07, 2020 5:15pm - Wednesday, October 28, 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 free groups are for Alliance members only. Sign up here for memberships. (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, October 19, 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 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.

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 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!

Classes for 5 and 6 year olds

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Fall Session 2 Begins October 19: Try Out Our Five-Week Sessions
Monday, October 19, 2020 - Saturday, November 21, 2020
Fall Session 2 Begins October 19: 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 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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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-il devenu 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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Fall Drop-in Workshops for Adults and Children
Monday, October 26, 2020 - Saturday, November 21, 2020
Fall Drop-in Workshops for Adults and Children

This fall, we are treating our students with some Special Edition workshops. This four-week session runs October 26 - November 19. Workshops are available as singles or as a bundle of four at a reduced price.

Exercise Your Grammar - Special Edition

Want to learn how to communicate about life during these uncertain times, using your best, grammatically correct French? This special edition of Exercise Your Grammar centers on the current Covid pandemic and aims to improve and maintain your mastery of French by focusing on different grammar topics employed in everyday conversation. This is an excellent opportunity to enrich your vocabulary and learn new ways of expressing your thoughts and feelings.
Workshop 1 - Giving advice for staying healthy, using l’impératif.
Workshop 2 - Communicating lifestyle changes in the face of Covid using les temps du passé.
Workshop 3 - Imaging the world without Covid by making hypotheses using le conditionnel.
Workshop 4 - Expressing our personal and professional responsibilities during a world crisis using le subjonctif.

Levels A2/B1 -  Mondays 10:30am-12pm

Levels B2/C1 - Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm

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

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Voyage gastronomique: hands-on cooking and wine tasting
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Voyage gastronomique: hands-on cooking and wine tasting

Calling all epicureans, Francophones, and epicurean Francophones. Travel across the regions of France by way of their unique and traditional food and wine. Experience a different region each week through the cuisine and the wines that enhance it.

For the first time, Alliance Française de Portland is offering a series of workshops with hands-on cooking instruction followed by wine recommendations and tasting. It's perfect as a pre-holiday family activity. Gather your family in the kitchen, set up your digital device and enjoy 90 minutes of cooking in French with Francine Chough.

After preparing a delicious meal, spend 30 minutes with sommelier Maxine Borcherding tasting carefully curated wines, conducted in English. The featured wines are available for purchase as a set on our website. Visit our Boutique for additional information on each region’s wine pairings.

Sign up for a bundle of four workshops for $165 or choose any single session for $49.

Purchase the bundle of four workshops

Here's what you will be cooking:

October 27, journey to the eastern French region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté: a region rich in good food and good wine. Get acquainted with the region’s famous Kir and its savory Gougères. In this workshop, learn to prepare...

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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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The Alliance office is virtual
during the COVID pandemic.
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Call 503.223.8388 from 12-3pm,
Monday through Friday, or leave
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