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 

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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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Winter Drop-in Workshops
Sunday, January 03, 2021 - Friday, February 05, 2021
Winter Drop-in Workshops

French à la carte, the 4 week drop-in workshop series, returns this winter with a flurry of new offerings to fire up your French language skills. Each week explores a different topic or theme and are offered as drop-in workshops ($28) or purchase the bundle of four ($105) and save. Workshops begin January 11, 2021.

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The French 101 Learning Companion

For True Beginners, Tuesdays 6-7:30pm

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.

Workshop 1- Pronouns, verbs avoir/être/s’appeler, introductions, tu and vous, alphabet, asking questions, numbers 0-15 and essential phrases for your first French interactions.

Workshop 2 - Days of the week/months/seasons, countries and nationalities, ER verbs, numbers 16-30 and modes of transportation.

Workshop 3 - Definite and indefinite articles, numbers 31-79, family, professions and...

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Winter Term - Core Classes
Monday, January 04, 2021 - 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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Winter Specialty and Cultural Classes
Monday, January 04, 2021 - Saturday, March 13, 2021
Winter Specialty and Cultural Classes

This winter 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, or choose just one. All classes are taught on Zoom.

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Specialty and cultural classes are perfect to work on comprehension and communication skills. A certain level of French is required for each class. Please read carefully the pre-requisites for the class that interests you. If you're not sure about your level, take the self-assessment here. For further evaluation, please schedule an assessment with one of our teachers.

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Civilisation de la Francophonie

Curious about the rest of the francophone world? Take a break from core classes and put your French skills to work while improving your reading and communication. Through the text, Civilisation progressive de la francophonie, learn about the diversity and richness of societies outside of France; the culture and civilization, traditional dances, food, transportation and more.

This class is offered for B1/B2 level students. Prerequisites: Edito 206 or equivalent.

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Literature and History Classes

B1/B2 level students may enjoy studying Andrei Makin's Le Testament Francais,...

Location: Online
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Tuesday, January 05, 2021 - Friday, February 26, 2021


Bibliothèque. Médiathèque. Culturethèque.


Alliance Française de Portland is pleased to offer our members Culturethèque, a digital library at your fingertips. You will have access to a world of French language content for adults and children alike from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Explore the possibilities that Culturethèque has to offer.

Delve into thousands of books, periodicals and comic books. Discover the latest new authors. Rediscover a classic novel. Stay current with your favorite newspaper or magazine. Unlock your inner child while reading a bande déssinée. Try a new recipe from the many cookbooks. Introduce your child to French through content designed especially for children.

Enjoy the latest in French and world music including classical, jazz, pop and the standards. Go behind the scenes with artist interviews and concerts. Listen to audio books, catch a lecture or plug in to a podcast, all on the go.

Enrich your French language learning through a vast array of educational resources catered to every...

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Weekly Apéro-Conversation Group Wednesdays at 5:15pm
Wednesday, January 06, 2021 5:15pm - Wednesday, January 27, 2021 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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The French-American Journeys of Josephine Baker
Friday, January 22, 2021 9am - 10am
The French-American Journeys of Josephine Baker

Join Ilana Navaro, director of the documentary “Josephine Baker: The Story of an Awakening," in conversation on Zoom with Pamela Druckerman.

How did a poor black girl from Missouri become the queen of Paris, before joining the French Resistance and then adopting twelve children to create her own utopian “Rainbow Tribe”?
Ilana Navaro will talk about Josephine Baker’s life in France, and her journey from “banana dancer” to humanist fighter and civil-rights activist alongside Dr. Martin Luther King.
Navaro is a filmmaker and radio producer who lives in Paris. “Josephine Baker: The Story of an Awakening” has been shown on the Franco-German channel Arte; on Cinemoi in the U.S.; and on nineteen television channels around the world. It won the Rockie Award in Arts and Culture, Banff Word Media Festival, 2020.
Pamela Druckerman is the author of five books, including the forthcoming rhyming picture book for children Paris by Phone.

This free program is offered in partnership of the AF Portland with the Federation of Alliances Française USA, who is the sponsor of the Pandemonium U program. Alliance Française members can register to receive courtesy reminder messages and the Zoom link.

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Pursuing the Dream: Living and Investing in France, with Adrian Leeds
Saturday, January 23, 2021 11am - 12pm
Pursuing the Dream: Living and Investing in France, with Adrian Leeds

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 a daughter. In her need to survive in the City of Light as a single mother, she created a...

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Discussion Workshop: Achieve wellness in uncertain times - more than just a self-care workshop
Thursday, February 04, 2021 - Thursday, February 25, 2021
Discussion Workshop: Achieve wellness in uncertain times - more than just a self-care workshop

This holiday season give yourself or a loved one the gift of wellness and self-care. Let Elisabeth Perucca, a French-born, certified yoga therapist and cancer survivor, guide you through an exploration of self-care, nutrition, movement, and resilience techniques for four weeks. Using her 15 years of experience in therapeutic yoga and wellness, Elisabeth now offers virtual workshops that are designed to help participants overcome personal difficulties during the pandemic and to set out on their own path to wellness and happiness. These four discussion workshops are led entirely in French.

Workshop 1 - Introduction : la connexion corps esprit
Workshop 2 - Bien manger, un art de vivre
Workshop 3 - Habiter son corps
Workshop 4 - La puissance de la joie

Workshops are offered on Thursdays 4:30-6pm, February 4 through 25. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity and sign up now! Space is limited to 6 participants. B2/C1 French level highly recommended.

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Read more about the origins of this workshop on Yoga for Renewal blog.

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Celebrate Mardi Gras with Inspiration from NY Times Food Writer Melissa Clark
Thursday, February 04, 2021 12pm - 1pm
Celebrate Mardi Gras with Inspiration from NY Times Food Writer Melissa Clark

Author of 40 cookbooks, NY Times food writer Melissa Clark first fell in love with France and French food as a child. Join us to learn how these childhood experiences influenced her latest cookbook, Dinner in French, and be inspired to whip up a special Mardi Gras meal.

This event will be mainly in English, with some French vocabulary.

This event, produced in partnership with the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, will be on Zoom and is free for all AF Portland members. If you are not a member, you can register for membership on the event registration form – easy!

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Pamela Druckerman Presents Paris by Phone
Saturday, February 06, 2021 1pm - 2pm
 Pamela Druckerman Presents Paris by Phone

Author and journalist Pamela Druckerman joins us via Zoom from her home in Paris to present her new rhyming picture book Paris by Phone, and discusses the myth of the American in Paris.

For many Americans, Paris isn’t just a place – it’s a solution, an idea of perfection and the ultimate Plan B. In her new children’s picture book Paris By Phone, Pamela Druckerman explores this through the story of one little girl. Josephine Harris is an ardent young Francophile who decides that Paris is where she really belongs. She even manages to travel there, using her magic phone. But then, oh là là! Despite the lovely things she saw, Josephine feels a certain je ne sais quoi.

Pamela is a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times and author of the best-selling Bringing Up Bébé. She’ll join us for a lively discussion about the genesis of her new book, her own experience as a Parisienne, and the history and meaning of the American-in-Paris story.

This event will be mainly in English, with some French vocabulary.

This event, produced in partnership with the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, will be on Zoom and is free for all AF...

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Bois-tu français? A wine event from WillaKenzie Estate and the Alliance Française
Saturday, February 06, 2021 1pm - 2pm
Bois-tu français? A wine event from WillaKenzie Estate and the Alliance Française

Join us for a special free virtual tasting event February 6 presented by WillaKenzie in partnership with the Alliance Française.

WillaKenzie Estate has deep roots in France. It was founded in 1991 by native Burgundian, Bernard Lacroute, and has a long history of France-inspired approaches to grape growing and winemaking. Its portfolio of estate grown wines reflects that French connection – Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc and Gamay Noir are some important role players.
Join WillaKenzie Estate winemaker Erik Kramer and Alliance Française de Portland’s François Wevers as they discuss WillaKenzie wines, classic French grape varietals and Burgundian influences.

RSVP to WillaKenzie Estates to receive the Zoom link.
Purchase the Alliance Française Trio to taste along with Erik and François:
2019 Estate Pinot Blanc (1 bottle)
2018 Gamay Noir (1 bottle)
2017 Aliette Pinot Noir (1 bottle)
$120.00, includes shipping in Oregon
Use Promo Code ALLIANCE at checkout.

Purchase the Alliance Française Trio
Place your order by February 2nd to receive wines in time for this virtual event.
*No additional savings apply to Alliance Française Trio.*

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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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