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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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Saturday, October 24, 2020
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


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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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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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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