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This class is currently full or sold out. However, if enough people sign up for the waitlist, we can create a second class to accommodate them. Please fill out the form below to be added to the list.

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3 Pack of Reds - $46 [rbw4]

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Ripe for the BBQ

• Combel-la-Serre 2018 “Pur Fruit du Causse” Cahors (100% Malbec)
• Terres Dorees 2018 Beaujolais “l’Ancien V.V” (54% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 4% Cinsault and 2% Mourvèdre)
• Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Rouge 2017 (60% Grenache and 40% Syrah)  

Combel-la-Serre 2018 "Pur Fruit du Causse", Cahors, SW France
The Combel la Serre "Pur Fruit" is 100% Malbec  from seven different sites around their home village of Cournou, which lies on the Causse, a limestone plateau in Cahors at 320m elevation. The 2018 is a vibrant fruit-bomb showing a deep red/black color with aromas of ripe blackberry liqueur with violet and citrus hints. The palate is supple and sappy with dense blackberry and black raspberry fruit, lifted by bright acidity - quite lush and ripe but at only 12.5% alcohol it's refreshing and balanced. The cool, sappy fruits continue in the bright finish. Perfect with a steak or stew or just gulped by itself  - serve cool and enjoy!  David Lillie, Chambers Wines


Terres Dorees 2018 Beaujolais "l'Ancien VV" 100% Gamay
Brun's dependably superb 2018 Beaujolais l’Ancien offers up notes of rose petals, cherries and raspberries, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy palate built around satiny tannins and juicy acids. It's a beautifully gourmand but precise wine, demonstrating the strengths of this vintage in the limestone soils of the southern Beaujolais.  Wine Advocate, 92 Pts

L'Ancien comes from Jean Paul Brun's home village of Charnay in the southern Beaujolais. The vines range in age from 40 to 60 years old and are planted on slopes sporting the area's Named after an old estate located in the heart of Domaine Lafage, Mas Miraflors, the Miraflors Rosé is sourced from old vines of Grenache Gris and Noir, some nearing 80 years old, planted near the Mediterranean. Added to this is some Mourvedre that Jean-Marc planted here about 15 years ago. This a direct press rosé with the color coming from the skins of the pink Grenache Gris berries, and naturally, from the much darker Mourvedre and Grenache Noir. It is aged in tank for 4 months before bottling. Sandy clay-limestone soils, featuring the particular local "dorée" or "golden" limestone that is laden with iron.
 
These older vines have always been farmed organically and harvested by hand and yield small, thick-skinned Gamay berries. As for all Terres Dorées reds, the vinification is traditional Burgundian rather than the normal carbonic maceration in Beaujolais. The 2018 shows a bright deep red color. The aromas are high-toned and ripe with red currant, raspberry and wild strawberry, quite bright and floral. The palate shows lush, ripe berry fruits backed by citrusy acidity, quite refreshing. The finish is long and sappy with bright red fruits and tart acidity - stock-up on this crowd-pleasing Beaujolais!  Chambers Wines


Château Pesquie Terrasses Rouge 2017 Languedoc  
Winemaker Notes: Deep ruby color. Intense nose with spicy notes (especially black pepper) and red berries. This very balanced wine offers very round tannins and fresh berries aromas, with some floral and spicy flavors.Very easy to match with simple dishes such as pizzas, kebabs,charcuterie, vegetable pies or salads to more ambitious cuisine like terrines, poultry (guineafowl, turkey), roasted or grilled meats.

“Longtime readers will know that I love this cuvée, which is year in, year out, one of the great value buys out there. The 2017 Terrasses is even better than the 2016 and ranks with the finest vintages I’ve tasted, matching the stunning 2010." Jeb Dunnuck, 94 points

“Showing more intensity and depth than the delicious 2016, the 2017 Ventoux Terrasses (tasted from tank) is a blend of 54% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 4% Cinsault and 2% Mourvèdre. Crushed stone notes accent dried spices and raspberries on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate delivers rich, deep fruit flavors, plenty of concentration and an impressive velvety finish.” Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 94 points


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School Policies

 

I. GROUP CLASSES   

A. PLACEMENT TESTS

Placement tests are strongly suggested for all prospective students  (both adult and children) who have any previous background with French, such as:

  • Previous instruction at any institution;
  • Previous instruction with the Alliance Française de Portland if it has been more than a year since the student’s last class.

B. REGISTRATIONS

Registrations are accepted in the order received until the class is full. The average group class size is 5-8; maximum size is 10-12.

C. WAITING LIST

If a class is full, a student can request to be placed on the waiting list. You will be contacted by email and by phone as soon as there is an opening in the original class due to a withdrawal, or when the number of students requires that an additional class be opened.

D. MEMBERSHIP

A current Alliance Française membership is required for enrollment in any Alliance class, workshop, or immersion. The basic membership fee is valid for 12 months and carries these benefits: eligibility to register for classes; discounts at selected retailers and restaurants; borrowing privileges from the School’s lending library of books and audio/video materials; and members rates for social and cultural events. Membership fees are not refundable.

E. BOOKS

Books are required for most classes. Books are not mailed. They will be distributed on the first day of the session or can be picked up beforehand at our office, 1425 SW 20th Avenue, Suite 105. Tuition costs do not include textbooks, workbooks, materials, or other books required for core and thematic classes. No book can be returned once picked up by students. The Alliance does not provide photocopies of required books.

F. PAYMENT

Payment must be made in full at time of registration, by credit card (VISA/MC/AMEX), check*, or cash. This includes payment for the membership. Books or materials can be bought on the first day of class. *A $25 surcharge will be levied on all checks returned to the Alliance for insufficient funds.

FlexPay Option:  A student will pay half of the tuition ($155) to register for the class (plus applicable books and membership fees) and then pay the balance at mid-term (week 5 of the 10-week session.) FlexPay may only be used for 10-week group classes. Discounts do not apply to FlexPay registrations.

G. DISCOUNTS FOR GROUP CLASSES

The Alliance offers two discounts for students in regular term, 10-week classes:

  • A 10% Early Bird discount to tuition for 10-week classes is available when paying in full by the published Early Bird deadline.  Check the Alliance website for the upcoming deadline for each term.
  • Seniors (65 and older) are eligible for a 15% discount when paying in full for 10-week classes. 
    Only one special discount (Early Bird or Senior) may be applied to a group class registration.

Discounts do not apply to Private Tutoring, Workshops, or Immersions. Discounts apply only to course fees and not to books or membership fees. Discounts will be taken at the time of registration.

H. MISSED CLASSES / MAKE UP CLASSES

Missed classes are not refunded or pro-rated. However, students are encouraged to utilize complimentary makeup options. Please notify the office of your plan to sit in on a different class for a makeup so that the staff may alert the teacher. Note that makeups must take place prior to the next regularly scheduled group class.

Students in 101-105 classes may attend another session of the same class on a different day and time the same week as a makeup. All classes follow the same syllabus and so will cover the same material. If attending another class is not possible, 100-level students may schedule one private (one-on-one) 30-minute makeup session per term through the office. Additional one-on-one makeups will be billed at $38 per 45-minute session. Students who cancel or miss their scheduled complimentary one-on-one makeup will forfeit the makeup lesson. Makeups cannot be re-scheduled.

Students of Edito classes or thematic classes may attend any other class at the same or similar CECR level as a makeup (for example, another Edito class or another themed class of a similar level) during the same week.

K. CANCELLATIONS

The Alliance Française de Portland finalizes class schedules based on enrollments at the start of the term. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a class that does not meet the minimum enrollment standard (four students) for opening a class. If the quota is not met, the Alliance will use its discretion whether to open or cancel the class or to offer alternatives. Enrolled students will be notified by email and/or by phone.

L. WITHDRAWAL, REFUNDS & CREDITS FOR GROUP CLASSES

For all Group Classes (including Standard Term, Immersions, and Workshops):

  • All cancellations must be received in writing in the form of an email or letter (with a postmark establishing the date of the request). Please state the course name and the reason for the cancellation. Withdrawals or refunds cannot be made by telephone. Please note that the absence from class does not constitute notice of withdrawal. A student has the option of a refund OR a credit OR of making a tax-deductible donation to the Alliance.

  • Refunds & credits will be processed within 10 days according to the following policies:
  • Withdrawals received prior to the start date of the course: Students will be refunded full tuition, minus a 4% credit card fee if paid by card. Refunds will be processed to the credit card used for payment or issued in the form of a check if payment was made by cash or check.
  • Alternatively, the student can opt to apply a credit of 100% of the payment toward a future class. The credit must be used within one year from the date of issue.
  • If a student withdraws before the second class has been held, the student may choose a 70% cash refund or a 90% credit. If a student withdraws after the second class but before the third class is held, the student may choose a 50% cash refund or an 80% credit toward a future class.
  • Cash refunds will not be made for withdrawals after the first three class sessions, regardless of how many classes were attended by the student. Class credits may be issued for withdrawals prior to mid-term (week 5). (Classes held before the withdrawal notice has been submitted will be deducted from the total class credit.)
  • For any class cancelled by the Alliance, all refunds must be completed before the end of the term in question.
  • For French à la carte workshop bundle purchases:
  • All requests for refunds must be made in writing to the office and are subject to 4% credit card processing fees.
  • 100% refund or credit if cancelled 3 business days before the first class.
  • 60% refund or credit for withdrawal after the first class and 3 business days before the second.
  • No refunds or credits for drop-in single class purchases.
  • Credits are given according to the following policies:
  • Credits cannot be issued after mid-term (if 1/2 or more of session-hours have been completed.)
  • Credits are valid for a period not exceeding one year from the date of the credit.
  • Credits cannot be converted to refunds at a later date.
  • Credits will be processed based on the number of remaining hours in the course, once the Alliance receives written notice of the student’s intent to withdraw.
  • Credits will not be granted for missed classes.
  • Students are not entitled to a credit for a course where a previous credit was used as full or partial payment of tuition fees.
  • Books are non-refundable once they have been picked up by the student.

K. REPETITION OF THE COURSE

In case the student does not have the level to go to following course, the Alliance reserves the right to request that the student repeats the course.

L. INCLEMENT WEATHER

The Alliance Française de Portland follows the Portland public school system closures during inclement weather. Check the Alliance website for weather-related updates. Please note that if the Alliance is open, we follow our regular business hours, and classes take place at their regularly scheduled times unless otherwise indicated. Class cancellations and make-up classes are announced and scheduled by email.

M. AGE REQUIREMENT

Adult classes are for age 18 and up.  If you are a student under 18, please have a parent or guardian contact us to discuss possibilities.

 

II. HELPFUL HINTS FOR CLASSROOM SUCCESS

Classes at our Alliance Française are not typical of other institutions where you may have previously studied a foreign language. Our classes are small, between 4-10 students. The immersion method is faithfully followed by instructors and students alike. All textbooks and workbooks are designed to instruct and assist students only in French, starting with the very first lesson.

In order to ensure your success in the classroom, here are some guidelines to follow:

  • Consult your instructor anytime you have a problem. Instructors are here to assist you.
  • Remember that the immersion method is a challenge that the entire class undertakes. French is the single shared language of the group.
  • Help create a mutual respect between classmates by displaying patience and tolerance.
  • Take charge of your attendance, informing your instructor of planned absences while referring to “Study Tips” mailed during Week 2.

To help ensure a successful class experience for everyone, these habits are strongly discouraged:

  • Audible cell phone ringers.
  • Interrupting a classmate or the instructor.
  • Speaking out of turn.
  • Monopolizing class time with questions or comments that could be addressed during the break, before or after class.

 

III. SCHOOL POLICIES: CLASSES FOR CHILDREN

When their child is under the age of 6, we ask parents/legal guardians/nannies to attend the classes. This is for security reasons, but also because the adult in the child’s life is part of the learning process.

For ages 6 to 14: children cannot be dropped off or left unattended once the class is over. Parents need to accompany their children to class and pick them up on time.

MEMBERSHIP FOR CHILDREN

All students are required to be members of the Alliance Française de Portland to enroll in classes. Student memberships are available at $20 a year. Tuition costs do not include membership.
The Alliance recommends that parents enrolling more than one child in classes take a Family Membership: the last and first names of the students and their age must be added to the membership so the teacher has the right information for roll call. Parents enrolling only one child can elect to buy an individual or student membership for the child. Parents need to fill in their name and contact information as well as that of their child in the membership.

MISSED CLASSES

We ask that parents inform their teacher if their child has to miss classes for any reason. Students may attend a different section of a course at the same level as their own to make up a class (if such class is available), but they need to notify the office in advance. Class fees will not be pro-rated.

 

IV. SCHOOL POLICIES: PRIVATE CLASSES

A. TUITION

Tuition and other fees must be made in full at the time of registration. Minimum purchase of 5 lesson hours is reuired.
Private course tuition is non-refundable.
Private classes expire 12 months after date of purchase.

B. PRIVATE CLASS SCHEDULING CHANGES

Students in private lessons must notify their teacher and the Alliance office of any change to the scheduled session by phone or email by 5 PM the day before. After the 5 PM deadline, there will be a penalty deduction of half the regular lesson time (e.g. 30 minutes for a 1-hour lesson).

C. INCLEMENT WEATHER

Private classes follow the Portland Public School System closures, or by arrangement with your teacher.

 

 

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.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00
Classes are held until 8:30
Saturday 9:30-1:00
or by appointment

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