Featured Portland French Events
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!
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.
Get a head start on the next level, have an in-depth review and practice during the long break between Fall and Winter term! Kick-start French Program is a 4-day intensive brush-up class (2.5 hours per day with two short beaks) offered for A1, A2 and B1 level students. Each class will focus on grammar, vocabulary and conversation skills. Note that this is not a repeat of summer program. This winter, we'll treat you with holiday themed classes!
The 4-day program price is $199. Early registration price is $170, until November 23. Use code Kickstart at checkout.
Beginning students (A1, Edito 103-106)
Solidify basic grammar and vocabulary while learning about winter holiday traditions in the French speaking world. Review numbers while taking the Parisian metro to Galeries Lafayettes to buy holiday gifts. Identify the items in Santa’s sleigh and describe your holiday wish list. Follow Santa’s sleigh around the world, and talk about your own holiday travel plans. Learn about French culinary traditions and compare them with your own.
Monday through Thursday, December 6-9
NEW Morning Session 10am-12pm
Morning Session 9-11:30am
Mary Weaver Chapin PhD,
Curator of Prints and Drawings,
Portland Art Museum,
Thursday, December 9, at 3pm
The feature exhibition at the Portland Art Museum Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889-1900 takes us into the intimate interiors of Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Maurice Denis, and Félix Vallotton. More than 150 paintings, prints, and drawings from 40 different international lenders tell the story of home life in fin-de-siècle France.
Have you ever wondered how exhibitions of this size and scope come together? Join curator Mary Weaver Chapin for an informal discussion of the planning and development of this exhibition, 5 years in the making. How do you ship a priceless painting? Is it possible to write a book in your bedroom during a global pandemic? Who chooses the wall colors? All these questions will be addressed, with time for your queries, too! Join us for this lively afternoon, then enjoy the exhibition at the Portland Art Museum (through January 23, 2022).
This is rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and see the making of a significant exhibition. $10 Alliance members; $15...
With the arrival of cooler weather, heartier foods have taken the stage, and more robust wines are called for. Join our in-house Sommelier Maxine Borcherding as she presents recipes and wine pairing suggestions for winter wines that you can enjoy from now until spring.
Enjoy this online seminar from the comfort of your own home from 4-5:30 pm on Saturday, December 11. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants a few days before the event. Tickets are $20 for Alliance members and $25 for non-members.
COMING SOON: Visit our Holiday Market to find winter wine selections chosen to complement hearty winter foods from a number of regions.
Try Something New Week - December 13-17
It's time to mark your calendars for December special programs! Try Something New Week workshops are now arriving and more are being added to the schedule throughout October.
During the long winter break, the Alliance offers French learning experiences that go with the holiday spirit. Treat yourself to something exclusive and entertaining, or try something you haven't had a change to do this year, before it's over.
SPECIAL OFFER: Buy one, get half off the second workshop. Use the code HalfOff at checkout.
Advanced Level - CECR B2/C1
Intro to French Surrealism & Creative Writing
Do you love word games like Mad Libs? Do you wish you could take a moment to just write spontaneously in French? Do you enjoy learning about unconventional literary movements? If you answered “oui!” to any of these questions, you will love this workshop on Surrealism. After learning the basics of the history of the movement and reading extracts of André Breton’s “Manifeste du surréalisme”, you’ll have the chance to try your hand at a few surrealist activities yourself. The focus of the workshop...
Storytime at the Alliance as author Marion Donon reads Vilaina, la petite sorcière, a story from her Petites Princesses series:
"Il était une fois une petite Sorcière, Vilaina, qui vivait avec Papa Sorcier et Maman Sorcière dans une vieille baraque tout au fond de la forêt. Vilaina aimait beaucoup sa vie de sorcière. Elle adorait mettre des araignées velues dans les cheveux des petites ﬁlles, préparer des potions magiques à la bave de crapaud, terroriser les garçons en leur lançant des sorts maléﬁques et danser sur des rythmes endiablés. Mais ce qu’elle préférait plus que tout, c’était voler sur son balai pour faire pipi depuis le ciel sur les bigoudis des vieilles dames ! Vilaina était vraiment une petite sorcière vilaine qui faisait le bonheur de ses parents. Mais un jour…."
A former actress and director, with a masters in clinical psychology, Marion Donon now devotes her energy to children’s literature, while raising two small children of her own. She divides her time between France and the United States.
A free storytime event, suitable for ages 5 and up, in French on Zoom, Saturday, December 18, 10am. Venez nombreux !
The Alliance Française de Portland is partnering with Frantastique for a fresh way to develop your French.
Learn French everyday with an entertaining, interactive lesson delivered to your inbox.
It's a great complement to classes at the Alliance.
Learn more and try it out for free - it's Frantastique!
Children and Youth Programs - Winter 2022
This winter, the Alliance Française offers a variety of classes for children ages 3-10 and youth ages 11-18. You will find classes with or without textbooks, play or conversation oriented approach, as well as a special class for AP French preparation. Take a closer look at our offerings below. The registration for winter classes will open soon.
Play and Learn French
Ages 3-5 Saturdays 9:30-10:30
Ages 6-9 Saturdays 10:50-11:50
This is an in-person class!
This class will let children discover French language through games, movement, songs, engaging all of the senses: sight, taste, smell, touch, hearing. This multi-sensory class uses total immersion method to build the language skills through fun activities. We use the method with original songs integrated to the curriculum. Each class exposes children to familiar situations, so they are able to easily reuse their newly acquired skills at home. There is no required textbook for this class.
Class structure: The class evolves around two main elements: the ritual-based repetition and predictability (songs, mascots) and the surprise that comes with new elements in each class (new phrase structures, vocabulary, games).
Winter 2022 | January 3-March 12 | French Classes for Adults
Two types of discounts are offered until November 30: 10% Early Bird (code EARLYBIRD) or 15% Senior discount (code SENIOR).
Start your French language immersion journey with the Introduction to French class
Introduction to French is a quieter approach to learning French. Take this class before starting with Beginning French 101. Prepare yourself gently for the immersion method and learn some basics that will prepare you to continue smoothly into the Beginning French series. This class begins on Thursday February 10, part 2 of Winter Term and lasts for 5 weeks.
Learn the French language and progress with our Core classes, using Edito method. Core classes are offered at 5 levels: A1 (Beginner), A2 (Lower Intermediate), B1 (Intermediate), B2 (Lower Advanced), C1 (Advanced). Two tracks are possible, regular classes or accelerated classes (for A1 and A2 levels only).
New This Term - A2 to B1 Bridge
Cross the bridge from A2 to B1 in this transition class where students will gain confidence in their spoken communication skills through
review of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation...
- Strengthen skills in interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational communication through analysis of authentic materials.
- Solidify the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in order to improve the ability to communicate effectively in French.
- Get familiar with the exam structure.
- Learn tips and strategies to be successful. Prerequisites: Be enrolled in high school French 4/5 or equivalent. This class assumes an advanced knowledge of French and will be conducted 100% in French to promote efficient preparation for the exam.
This class is offered via Zoom.
No class Spring break week March 24, 2022
Materials: Barron's AP® French Language and Culture with Online Test and Downloadable Audio, Third Edition, 2019
Thursdays 4:30-6pm, January 6 - April 28