Important Announcement

All group and private classes are taught online until further notice. The Alliance office is also 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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Spring Term - Core Classes
Monday, March 29, 2021 - Saturday, June 05, 2021
Spring Term - Core Classes

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.

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Spring children’s classes for ages 5 to 10
Monday, March 29, 2021 - Saturday, June 05, 2021
Spring children’s classes for ages 5 to 10

Art Studio or 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.

 

INTRODUCTORY AND CONTINUING IMMERSION CLASSES

Here's what you can expect in Introductory and Continuing Immersion classes:

One hour of instruction in a small group setting with an instructor specializing in children's education. Activities that target various types of learning:...
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Spring Specialty and Cultural Classes
Monday, March 29, 2021 - Saturday, June 05, 2021
Spring Specialty and Cultural Classes

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.

Fridays 10am-12pm

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Literature Classes

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...

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Spring 2021 Drop-in Workshops
Monday, April 05, 2021 - Saturday, June 05, 2021
Spring 2021 Drop-in Workshops

French on the Go, the 4 week drop-in workshop series, opens this winter with a flurry of new offerings to fire up your French language skills. Each week explores a different topic or theme and are offered as drop-in workshops ($28) or the bundle of four ($105). The next series of workshops begin February 15, 2021.

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French Pronunciation for Beginners

For Edito 103-106, A1 level

Saturdays 10:30am-12pm

Do you need help with French pronunciation or understanding spoken French? In this workshop, primarily in English, you will have an opportunity to understand in depth the most common challenges that face English speakers regarding French phonetics. Practice pronunciation as well as orthography (spelling) to better understand the relationship between the spoken and written word. Prior to  the workshop, you will receive all necessary class materials. Print or download materials, in advance, to have available for each workshop. Technology for this class will be kept at a minimum to allow more time for practice and discussion. This class is open to students levels Edito 103-106.

Spring 1: April 10 - May 1

Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 Workshop 4

Spring 2: May 15 - June 5

Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3 Workshop 4

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Weekly Apéro-Conversation Group Wednesdays at 5:15pm
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 5:15pm - Wednesday, April 28, 2021 6:10pm
Weekly Apéro-Conversation Group Wednesdays at 5:15pm

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. )

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Slalom, a riveting new film by Charlène Favier streams from April 9
Friday, April 09, 2021 - Saturday, May 15, 2021
Slalom, a riveting new film by Charlène Favier streams from April 9

This riveting, 2020 Cannes-selected #MeToo drama from debut filmmaker Charlène Favier follows the relationship between a teenage ski prodigy and her predatory instructor, played by frequent Dardenne Brothers collaborator Jérémie Renier. Watch the trailer here.

Noée Abita plays 15-year-old Lyz, a high school student in the French Alps who has been accepted to an elite ski club known for producing some of the country’s top professional athletes. Taking a chance on his new recruit, ex-champion turned coach Fred decides to mold Lyz into his shining star despite her lack of experience. Under his influence, she will have to endure more than the physical and emotional pressure of the training. Will Lyz’s determination help her escape Fred’s exploitative grip?

Please note that this is a film for adult audiences. It tells the story of how a young female skier's training is overshadowed by her abusive male coach. The film is a sobering portrayal of the abuse of power in the narrow setting of a highly competitive sport. As such, it has direct tie-ins with the #MeToo movement.

Stream this film from the Kino Marquee starting April 9 and running until May 15. In French with English subtitles. Running time 92...

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The Olympic Games from Antiquity to the Present
Saturday, April 10, 2021 10am - 11am
The Olympic Games from Antiquity to the Present


Eric Monnin is the Vice-Président de l’Université de Franche-Comté and a delegate on the program, l’Olympisme – Génération 2024. He has a PhD in Sociology with a focus on sports and physical education. Monnin will present – 100% in French – on the rich history of the Olympic Games, the values that they impart, the growth and expansion of the games to include more and more sports, and the upcoming role of France in the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. He will discuss the event’s evolution over time to its current-day form as an important international showcase that symbolizes the strength and power of competing nations in peacetime.

This event will be completely in French and is suitable for high-intermediate students, advanced students and native speakers.

This event is organized in partnership with the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA and is sponsored by the AF National Coordination office of the French Cultural Services department of the French Embassy.

Presenter’s Bio
After an early career as an award-winning athlete in judo (French school champion) and musician (graduate of trumpet and musical training of the National Conservatory of Music of the Region of Besançon), Monnin performed with the Philharmonic...

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Meet Janet Skeslien Charles, author of the new best-seller The Paris Library
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 11am - 12pm
Meet Janet Skeslien Charles, author of the new best-seller The Paris Library


Janet Skeslien Charles will join us via Zoom from Paris for a discussion of her new best-selling novel, The Paris Library, recently published by Simon and Schuster. She will be interviewed by Dan Slater, Vice President for Cultural Programs at Alliance Française de Pasadena, and your questions will be invited as well.

The Paris Library was listed as one of the most anticipated books for 2021 by Goodreads and Library Journal and is now on the best-seller lists of The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today.

Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, The Paris Library is a book for lovers of books and libraries and historical fiction. In the winter of 1939, the main character, Odile Souchet, begins her dream job as a librarian at the American Library in Paris. After the Nazis occupy Paris, however, the librarians at the American Library decide to undertake a resistance effort to continue to supply books to those the Nazis have now banned from the Library and to undertake other resistance activities. During the War and the Nazi occupation, Odile finds solace in the Library and her resistance work. Switch to the...

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Demystifying the French with Janet Hulstrand
Saturday, April 17, 2021 10am - 11am
Demystifying the French with Janet Hulstrand

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.

Hulstrand...

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Carolyn Campbell, author of “City of Immortals,” on Père Lachaise Cemetery
Thursday, April 22, 2021 4pm - 5pm
 Carolyn Campbell, author of “City of Immortals,” on Père Lachaise Cemetery


Join the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA for a fascinating insight into this important and popular Parisian site. The conversation will be moderated by Charles Coulon, VP of Alliance Française of DuPage County, IL and Federation Board Member.

About the book
This first-person account of a legendary necropolis will delight Francophiles, tourists, and armchair travelers while enriching the experience of taphophiles (cemetery lovers) and aficionados of art and architecture, mystery and romance. Carolyn Campbell’s evocative images are complemented by those of renowned landscape photographer Joe Cornish. City of Immortals celebrates the novelty and eccentricity of Père-Lachaise Cemetery through the engrossing story of the history of the site established by Napoleonic decree along with portraits of the last moments of the cultural icons buried within its walls.

About the author
Writer and photographer Carolyn Campbell is a native of Washington, D.C., has lived in Paris and is now a resident of Los Angeles. A published author and exhibited photographer, her fascination with Père-Lachaise was kindled on a first visit to Paris in the early 1980s. Her research and photo documentation of the world-famous cemetery culminated in her debut book, City of Immortals: Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris...

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Versailles and Louis XIV, an art historical excursion led by Céline Glon
Saturday, April 24, 2021 10am - 11am
Versailles and Louis XIV, an art historical excursion led by Céline Glon


Experience Versailles and its gardens in the company of art historian Céline Glon.

Discover the rich and complex personality of Louis XIV that made him such a compelling figure in the 17th century. Learn about the elaborate court etiquette that was strictly observed at the time and governed all interactions in the palace.

The creation of Versailles moved the center of power in the Ancien Regime away from Paris and attracted a wide range of personalities to Louis' court. Take a walk into one of history's most exciting and controversial eras – one which will give you the urge to travel back in time!

Céline Glon is a certified tour guide, originally from Lyon, who currently divides her time between California and Paris. Celine’s lectures include fascinating details that bring historical figures to life. This presentation is in French and is suitable for students at the B1/B2 level.

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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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