Important Announcement

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 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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Monday, November 16, 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

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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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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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.
Contact us at info@afportland.org.
Call 503.223.8388 from 12-3pm,
Monday through Friday, or leave
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