Important Announcement

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

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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.

Payment:

  • 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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Fall children’s classes for ages 5 to 10
Monday, October 19, 2020 - Saturday, November 21, 2020
Fall children’s classes for ages 5 to 10

NEW: DROP-IN WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN

Story Time with a Twist - Children's Special

Ages 5 through 9 - Wednesdays 2:30-3:15pm - October 28 - November 18
 
Story time takes on a twist as your child becomes the story teller. Each week, the children will listen to a story and, in their own words, retell it. Easier said than done when learning a foreign language.
 
Each workshop begins with a simple story read by the teacher Joëlle Ceran, en direct de France (Live from France). Using their existing French vocabulary, the children are invited to retell the story with the support of the book’s illustrations. Through repetition and rephrasing, the children will begin to discover different ways in which to assimilate and reuse the language they are learning or already know. The objective of these workshops is to guide each student from producing isolated words toward simple and more complex sentences through the use of stories. By doing so, the child will gain the mastery of their own linguistical style and learn to retell stories in full autonomy.
 
These 45-minute drop-in workshops are ideal for children with some exposure to French vocabulary such as...

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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.

Recommended French level B1.

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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,...

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Winter Term - Core Classes
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - Saturday, March 13, 2021
Winter Term - Core Classes

Winter Term core classes are now open for registration. Choose from two five-week long modules, Winter 1: January 4 to February 6, or Winter 2: February 8 to March 13. Sign up for both parts in order to complete a level, or choose the first half and pick up the second part in the next term, if you like. All classes are taught on Zoom.

A core language curriculum is the fundamental key to learning success. Alliance Française offers Édito, Méthode de français as its cornerstone to mastering French. Whether a true beginner or advanced, there is an Édito class for every level of student.
 
Grammar is one of the most challenging skills to master in any language. Beginning winter 2021, Alliance will incorporate Grammaire progressive du français into the existing Édito series (true beginner through 104) to enrich the learning experience.

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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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Weekly Apéro-Conversation Group Wednesdays at 5:15pm
Wednesday, November 04, 2020 5:15pm - Wednesday, November 25, 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. )

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Create a Holiday Postcard in a Watercolor Workshop with Clara-Julia Péru
Thursday, November 05, 2020 5pm - 6pm
Create a Holiday Postcard in a Watercolor Workshop with Clara-Julia Péru


Join us on November 5th at 5pm and paint with Clara-Julia in this new watercolor workshop en français !

In this beginning watercolor workshop, students will learn the basics of mixing paint and painting. Students will learn how to create a range of colors using the three primaries -- red, yellow and blue.

The second part of the workshop will be spent producing a holiday postcard inspired by the Oregon wilderness! You don't need to be an experienced artist – this painting workshop is beginner-friendly! Feel free to bring your favorite designs to reproduce!

Materials you will need:
- watercolor papers (which can be fold in two for a postcard)
- 3 primary watercolor colors or a set of colors
- a small plate and a glass of water
- a paper towel or dish cloth
- brushes (one with a fine point)
- a gray pencil or a fine felt-tip pen (such as a Sharpie)

This workshop on zoom is $20 for Alliance members and $25 for non-members. This workshop is in French for B1/C1 level speakers.


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Discover the Secrets of the Métro - en francais
Thursday, November 12, 2020 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Discover the Secrets of the Métro - en francais

Charles Coulon, a recognized expert on the Paris Métro system, treated many of us to a virtual ride on that famed system earlier this year. He returns on Thursday, November 12 at 4:30 p.m. to regale us again, but this time, in French.

He's adding some new and updated material as well as fun activities like discussions in breakout rooms. This session is appropriate for persons with intermediate and advanced levels of French. Free to Alliance members.

Catch the Métro en français

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Why People in French Villages Rescued Refugees in WWII and Again Today
Friday, November 13, 2020 9am - 10am
Why People in French Villages Rescued Refugees in WWII and Again Today


During WWII, residents of a cluster of villages in southeastern France gave safe harbor to hundreds of strangers – mostly Jewish children, some of whose parents had been deported. These villagers risked everything to create schools, soup kitchens and hiding places for the kids. Current residents of the same villages offer refuge to migrants today. Why? Is this a fluke of history or something more? What are the traits that make a group choose selflessness?

Maggie Paxson – a writer, anthropologist and singer – was determined to find out. She unravels the mystery in her acclaimed new book The Plateau (finalist for the American Library in Paris Book Award, a Best Book of the Year by Bookpage; Oprah magazine calls it "radiant"). Maggie blends talk and song to present her family, her findings, and how it resonates with today. Maggie will be interviewed in English by Pamela Druckerman, co-founded of Pandimonium U.

About Paxson: Paxson is also the author of Solovyovo, a study of magic, ritual, and social memory in a remote Russian village. Fluent in Russian and French, she holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Montreal. She performs as a singer with the Imperial Palms Orchestra, one of...

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Author Harriet Welty Rochefort presents Final Transgression, a novel of wartime
Monday, November 16, 2020 11am - 12pm
Author Harriet Welty Rochefort presents Final Transgression, a novel of wartime


The Alliance Française of Portland partners with the national Federation of Alliances Françaises USA to offer a Zoom discussion with Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of the newly released Final Transgression.

Two sisters, two different destinies. In Final Transgression, 85-year-old Caroline Aubry tells the tale of the tragic wartime destiny of her beloved younger sister, Séverine. From their humble beginnings in a hamlet in the southwest of France to a château where Séverine becomes the protegée of the beautiful countess who employs their parents, their trajectories differ. After they move to Paris, the pragmatic Caroline becomes a successful designer and the high-spirited Séverine marries a rich jeweler.

When WW2 breaks out and her collaborationist husband betrays her, the headstrong Séverine flees to the chateau and the countess –– in spite of warnings about the risk of traveling to an area that is a fierce battleground for rival groups of résistants, Nazis and collaborators. Séverine is beautiful, intelligent but obstinate – and that obstinacy will ultimately seal her fate. The end of the war in France was a time for settling scores. Séverine, an ordinary woman living in extraordinary times, unwittingly hands the hangman’s noose to her enemies...

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L’Amérique au jour le jour de Simone de Beauvoir, une discussion en français
Friday, November 20, 2020 5pm - 6pm
L’Amérique au jour le jour de Simone de Beauvoir, une discussion en français

En 1947, Simone de Beauvoir se rend aux Etats-Unis pour une tournée de conférences dans des Universités et des Alliances Françaises. Elle raconte ce voyage, et ce qu’il a suscité en elle, dans L’Amérique au jour le jour, paru l’année suivante.

Jeune expatriée française tentant (en tout modestie) d’écrire l’Amérique (au jour le jour), Camille Roche propose une plongée dans ce texte où se lient histoires personnelle et collective. Nous verrons ainsi pourquoi il semble intéressant de lire (ou de relire) ce journal reconstitué, dont certains passages paraissent, en 2020, d’une actualité déconcertante...

In 1947, Simone de Beauvoir traveled to the US for a conference tour of universities and Alliances Françaises. She relates this trip and what it sparked within herself in America Day by Day, a reconstituted journal she published the following year.

Camille Roche, a young expat trying to write about America day by day, will revisit Beauvoir’s journal, delving into this personal and collective history and exploring why the text is worth reading (or re-reading) in 2020.

About Camille

Installée à Baltimore depuis 2017, Camille Roche consacre son temps à la photographie et à l’écriture. Elle est l’auteure de la newsletter et du podcast...

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Cara Black, Storyteller and Author Extraordinaire
Saturday, November 21, 2020 11am - 12pm
Cara Black, Storyteller and Author Extraordinaire


Cara Black, the bestselling author of 19 books, has been a favorite presenter at our Alliance Française. On Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m. she’ll come to us via Zoom to talk about her latest book, Three Hours in Paris, her first standalone thriller and her Aimée Leduc series, each of which features a different arrondissement of Paris.

She’ll touch on the challenges and the joys of writing stories based in Paris -- her interviews with Paris police, café owners and delving in the archives. She’ll discuss how she goes about the research process from her base in San Francisco and over frequent visits to Paris (pre-pandemic!).

This event is for Alliance members only; non-members can sign up for membership on the registration form.

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Save the Date for the Virtual Gala December 5!
Saturday, December 05, 2020 6pm - 7pm
Save the Date for the Virtual Gala December 5!

The Alliance Française de Portland cordially invites you to a trio of Merry & Bright holiday activities! First off is an online auction running December 1 - 5 where you'll find vacation homes in France for that eventual trip abroad as well as items from local artisans and businesses and study opportunities in Portland and beyond. Bid online anytime, day or night.

The centerpiece event is the Alliance's virtual Merry & Bright Gala on December 5, an evening affair streaming to you at home. We'll entertain you with our engaging MCs and do our best to remind you of past galas you've enjoyed at the MAC. Celebrate the evening in your personal bubble of family and friends and salute the Alliance as we salute you, our students, members, and friends.

Next up is the Holiday Market online from December 5 - 10. Virtually stroll through our Holiday Market and choose gourmet goodies and wines both still and sparkling to lay in for your holiday celebrations.

Visit our gala page for updates and news

 

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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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Contact us at info@afportland.org.
Call 503.223.8388 from 12-3pm,
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