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.
March is “Le mois de la francophonie”. Did you know that French is the official language of 29 independent countries? There are over 369 million French speakers on earth. Follow us all month long as we highlight the diversity of the francophone world on our social media @afdeportland, #francophonieafpdx.
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. )
Register for Apéro-Conversation Reminder Emails
Get a head start on the next level, have an in-depth review and practice during the two-week break between Winter and Spring term! The brand-new 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.
The 4-day program price is $199. Early registration price is $170, until March 16. Use code Kickstart at checkout.
Beginning students (A1, 103-106)
Learn to command the French you already know in everyday situations. Class themes will evolve around family, daily routine, hobbies, outings and food. Grammar will include regular and irregular verbs in the present and near future tenses, negation, telling time, possessive adjectives, asking questions, adjectives, and articles.
Monday through Thursday, March 22-25, 5-7:30pm.
Intermediate students (A2, 201-206)
Practice telling a story, reflect on childhood memories, a favorite vacation or your unique family history while improving your knowledge of past verb tenses. Grammar will include past tenses (past, imperfect), object pronouns, and prepositions.
Monday through Thursday, March 22-25, 5-7:30pm.
High Intermediate students (B1)
Practice sharing an opinion. Discuss current events, political issues, and predict changes coming in...
French cooking doesn’t have to be complex—with Susan Loomis, it’s as easy as un, deux, trois ! The spirit of the plat du jour, the dish of the day, is simplicity, seasonal ingredients, and joyful time at the table. Whether it's a Boeuf Bourguignon, Poule au Pot, or a simple Salade Niçoise, the French classics in Plat du Jour, as well as the more contemporary dishes in the book, are made for the home cook. In Plat du Jour Loomis, partner in the new culinary video platform www.Dancingtomatoes.com and author of fourteen cookbooks, shows how to effortlessly transform any meal into an elegant and flavorful French masterpiece.
Having perfected each recipe, Loomis encourages and informs with step-by-step guidance and cooking tips, or astuces, to help you on your way to simple, do-able French culinary expertise. She’ll lead you through every course of you’re the plat du jour “formule,” from appetizers to desserts and major dishes in between, highlighting poultry, beef, pork, vegetables, eggs, and more. With gorgeous photography and fun facts from French culinary history, Plat du Jour is a must-have for any aspiring home cook with a craving for simple, often classical, easy to recreate seasonal French...
French for True beginners, Art Studio, Voyage Around the World - Who’s ready for fun?
After the online school day has ended and with few after-school programs available this winter, your child may want or need some additional French practice in subjects sure to spark their imagination and curiosity. The Alliance Française de Portland is excited to offer a brand new after-school immersion program for children ages 5 through 10. Whether your child is a true beginner or well on their way toward fluency, you will find a perfect fit to enhance and enrich their online school activities with French language practice and, more importantly, fun.
Introductory Immersion classes welcome beginning French students with some prior French experience. Continuing Immersion classes are designed for those already experienced in French language immersion. French for True Beginners is designed for those who are just starting to learn the language.
This spring, all classes are offered in two five-week modules. Spring 1 runs March 29 to May 1, Spring 2 runs May 3 to June 5.
FRENCH FOR TRUE BEGINNERS - AGES 7-10
Children ages 7-10 are invited on a journey through the francophone world. Guided by Felix, Lila and their friends from ZigZag, the children will immerse themselves in French...
Spring Term core classes are now open for registration. Choose from two five-week long modules, Spring 1: March 29 to May 1, or Spring 2: May 3 to June 5. 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 105) to enrich the learning experience.
This spring, choose from two five-week long modules, Spring 1: March 29- May 1, or Spring 2: May 3 - June 5. Sign up for both parts, or choose just one. All classes are taught on Zoom.
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.
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.
Advanced level students may enjoy studying Jean-Paul Didierlaurent's, Le liseur du 6h27, and learn about this dynamic author. This class will be offered in two sections: for B1/B2 levels and...
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...
Janet Hulstrand will join us on Zoom to tell the story in English of how a lifelong love of the French language inspired the journey that led from her home in Minnesota along a winding path that passed through Paris, New York City, and Washington DC, and led eventually to Essoyes, a beautiful little village in southern Champagne that was the beloved summer home of the Renoir family.
She will also read from her recent book, Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You, and take questions from our audience. Aimed at first-time visitors to France as well as expatriates, Demystifying the French is designed to help readers avoid common mistakes, and get off on the right foot with the French.
Five easy-to-follow essential tips "for even brief encounters" are followed by 10 chapters that go into a deeper explanation of French habits, manners, and ways of viewing the world. The tips are enlivened by anecdotes from the author’s own path along a learning curve that leads to true understanding and appreciation of French ways. Reflections contributed by David Downie, Adrian Leeds, Harriet Welty Rochefort, and other well-known commentators on Franco-American cultural differences provide additional perspective and depth.