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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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HELD OVER! Slalom, a riveting new film by Charlène Favier streams until May 25
Friday, April 09, 2021 - Tuesday, May 25, 2021
HELD OVER! Slalom, a riveting new film by Charlène Favier streams until May 25

This riveting, 2020 Cannes-selected #MeToo drama from debut filmmaker Charlène Favier follows the relationship between a teenage ski prodigy and her predatory instructor, played by frequent Dardenne Brothers collaborator Jérémie Renier. Watch the trailer here.

Noée Abita plays 15-year-old Lyz, a high school student in the French Alps who has been accepted to an elite ski club known for producing some of the country’s top professional athletes. Taking a chance on his new recruit, ex-champion turned coach Fred decides to mold Lyz into his shining star despite her lack of experience. Under his influence, she will have to endure more than the physical and emotional pressure of the training. Will Lyz’s determination help her escape Fred’s exploitative grip?

Please note that this is a film for adult audiences. It tells the story of how a young female skier's training is overshadowed by her abusive male coach. The film is a sobering portrayal of the abuse of power in the narrow setting of a highly competitive sport. As such, it has direct tie-ins with the #MeToo movement.

In French with English subtitles. Running time 92 minutes. Your ticket is a five-day pass to watch Slalom; all tickets run $12.

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Registration Is Open for Summer French Classes
Monday, May 03, 2021 - Saturday, August 21, 2021
Registration Is Open for Summer French Classes

This summer, choose from two five-week long modules, Summer 1: June 14 - July 17, or Summer 2: July 19 - August 21. Sign up for both parts, or choose just one. All classes are taught on Zoom.

Enjoy limited time discounts. Both discount are valid until May 23.

Early Bird 10% off the class tuition, use code earlybird at checkout Senior 15% off the class tuition, use code senior at checkout


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. Please sign up for both parts to complete the level. We invite those joining in part 2 without completing part 1 to contact the office to verify the level and class availability.

Core Class List PDF



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...

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Spring and Summer 2021 Drop-in Workshops
Monday, May 10, 2021 - Saturday, June 05, 2021
Spring and Summer 2021 Drop-in Workshops

French on the Go, the 4 week drop-in workshop series, continues this spring with new offerings to liven up your French language skills. Each week explores a different topic or theme and are offered as drop-in workshops ($28) or the bundle of four ($105). The next series of workshops begin May 10, 2021.

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French Pronunciation for Beginners

For Edito 103-106, A1 level

Saturdays 10:30am-12pm

Do you need help with French pronunciation or understanding spoken French? In this workshop, primarily in English, you will have an opportunity to understand in depth the most common challenges that face English speakers regarding French phonetics. Practice pronunciation as well as orthography (spelling) to better understand the relationship between the spoken and written word. Prior to  the workshop, you will receive all necessary class materials. Print or download materials, in advance, to have available for each workshop. Technology for this class will be kept at a minimum to allow more time for practice and discussion. This class is open to students levels Edito 103-106.

Spring 2: May 15 - June 5

Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 Workshop 4

Sign up for a bundle of four


Lupin - ciné-club

B1/B2 level

Wednesdays 6-7:30pm

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Weekly Apéro-Conversation Group Wednesdays at 5:15pm
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:15pm - Wednesday, May 26, 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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Le Métro dans les Arts
Thursday, May 13, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Le Métro dans les Arts

The popular Paris Métro theme returns to the national Alliance Française stage this spring, with a focus on the Métro’s influence on the arts – 100% in French.

From Zazie dans le Métro to Le Dernier Métro, from “Le Poinçonneur des Lilas” to “Y a d’la joie” and from the historic Guimard entrances to the brand new stations on the recently extended line 14, come discover fascinating art themes on the Paris Métro you may not have heard about.

Presentation will be in French and suitable for advanced French students and above.

Charles Coulon is a French native and dual French-American citizen who lived in Boulogne-Billancourt, in the Parisian suburbs, as a teenager. There he developed a strong interest in all things Paris transit related which he has shared with the AF USA network as well as in private Zoom events with the AF DuPage, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Omaha chapters. He has been in various leadership functions at the AF DuPage (Illinois) since 2007 and currently serves on the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA Board of Directors.

This event is free for Alliance Française of Portland members. Not a member? You can sign up on the registration...

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Martin Walker Discusses the Intriguing Bruno, Chief of Police
Thursday, May 20, 2021 11am - 12pm
Martin Walker Discusses the Intriguing Bruno, Chief of Police

Join the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA to hear about the internationally best-selling novel series on police chief Bruno Courrèges. The conversation will be moderated by Josette Marsh, president of Alliance Française of Hawaii, and VP of the Federation Board of Directors. Author Martin Walker will join us via Zoom to share what inspired him to write his first novel, Bruno, Chief of Police, which is now in its 16th installment.

Based on real life characters in a small village in the Dordogne region of France, Bruno Courrèges is not your typical chief of police. He is a peaceful, gentle chap who likes to cook for his friends, teaches sports to the local children, and yearns to find a faithful wife with whom he can raise a family and settle down in his village, St. Denis. Not only does he find lost dogs, fight fires, and catches the occasional criminal, he also maintains a sophisticated intelligence network to thwart the interference of the European Union bureaucrats from far-off Brussels. We’ll also hear about life in the Dordogne region in southwest France known for its foie gras, cèpes, medieval villages, breathtaking scenery, and Cyrano de Bergerac.

About the Author: Martin’s...

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Film discussion of Slalom on Wednesday, May 26, at 4pm
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 4pm - 5pm
Film discussion of Slalom on Wednesday, May 26, at 4pm

Join us for a discussion of Charlene Favier's riveting film, Slalom, about a teenage ski prodigy and her predatory instructor. Jacqueline Arante, former PSU faculty member, will led you in this exchange of views on Wednesday, May 26, from 4-5pm. Free for Alliance members, $5 for non-members.

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The Eternal Coco Chanel, a lively art historical lecture by Céline Glon
Saturday, May 29, 2021 10am - 11am
The Eternal Coco Chanel, a lively art historical lecture by Céline Glon

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel was perhaps the most influential fashion designer of the twentieth century. Her name alone evokes fashion, perfume, emancipation, and allure.

Born in the Loire Valley at Saumur, Chanel survived an impoverished childhood and rose to become the reigning queen of fashion, revolutionizing women’s style forever. We will follow the steps in the ascension of Coco Chanel, a woman of ambition and determination who ruled over the French fashion industry for six decades.

We’ll also take a look at what led her into an exile of 15 years before her triumphant return in 1954 to regain her position at the top of the fashion industry.

Join us for the second lecture in French by art historian Céline Glon of Zoom on Paris on Saturday, May 29, at 10am. The fee is $26.

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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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