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  Learning Material pick-up dates: December 11-14, 17, 22, 30 from 11:00am-1:00pm. 

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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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Winter children’s classes for ages 5 to 10
Monday, October 19, 2020 - Saturday, March 13, 2021
Winter children’s classes for ages 5 to 10

French for True beginners, Art Studio, Nature Explorers - 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 winter, all classes are offered in two five-week modules. Winter 1 runs January 4-February 5, Winter 2 runs February 8-March 12.


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...

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The Merry & Bright Gala Is Streaming Live December 5!
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 6pm - Thursday, December 10, 2020 7pm
The Merry & Bright Gala Is Streaming Live December 5!


The Alliance Française de Portland cordially invites you to our Merry & Bright Gala Saturday, December 5, from 6-7pm.  It's an evening affair streaming to you at home. We'll remind you of past galas you've enjoyed at the MAC during the pre-show from 5:30-6 pm. Celebrate the evening in your personal bubble of family and friends and salute the Alliance as we salute you –– our students, members, and friends.

Our engaging MC, Lori Williams, is ready to greet you. You'll hear from Honorary Consul Dominique Geulin and Board President François Wevers. Later, we'll show you an excerpt from a recent Voyage Gastronomique.

Don't miss out on French carols sung by the fabulous Susannah Mars, one of the best-known musical stars of Portland – and a francophile and francophone! Susannah is a resident artist at Artists Rep and also a master of podcasts. You may be inspired to sing along!

All registrants will receive song lyrics and a recipe for gougère, a classic French appetizer, to get you prepared for the gala evening.

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Winter Term - Core Classes
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - Saturday, March 13, 2021
Winter Term - Core Classes

Winter Term core classes are now open for registration. Choose from two five-week long modules, Winter 1: January 4 to February 6, or Winter 2: February 8 to March 13. 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 104) to enrich the learning experience.

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Winter Specialty and Cultural Classes
Saturday, October 31, 2020 - Saturday, March 13, 2021
Winter Specialty and Cultural Classes

This winter choose from two five-week long modules, Winter 1: January 4 to February 6, or Winter 2: February 8 to March 13. Sign up for both parts, or choose just one. All classes are taught on Zoom.

Browse All Specialty Classes Online

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.

Specialty and Cultural Classes PDF List


Learning With TV5 Monde

Explore French art, history, culture and current events while improving your listening and speaking skills and expanding your vocabulary. This course will focus on videos from TV5 Monde to build students aural and oral skills. It is perfect for B1 level students.

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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...

Location: Online
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December Intersession
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Friday, December 18, 2020
December Intersession

Fall term is nearly over and our regular classes are set to resume January 4, 2021. To enrich and maintain your French, the Alliance has planned two weeks of exciting workshops and review classes.

Workshop Descriptions By Level

Try Something New Week offers exclusive seasonal workshops, 07-11 December. Looking to improve conversation, listening and pronunciation skills? Acquire tips to maximize your learning potential? Or simply learn something new about French language and culture? Our workshops cover a broad range of topics with something for every language level.

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Get ready for winter term during Review Week, December 14-18. Edito A1 and A2 level students can sharpen their skills in these 2-hour long review workshops, one for each Edito class numbered 101 through 206.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020 - Friday, February 26, 2021


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...

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The Merry & Bright Online Auction Is Now Open!
Friday, November 27, 2020 - Thursday, December 10, 2020
The Merry & Bright Online Auction Is Now Open!


The Merry & Bright Online Auction is now live and runs from Black Friday, November 27, to midnight December 10. You'll find vacation homes in France for that eventual trip abroad, as well as items from local artists, artisans, collectors, and businesses – as well as special offers from the Portland Alliance. Bid online anytime day or night. Just click the red buttom below.

Auction winnings in the form of certificates or gift cards will be mailed to the winners. Physical items may be picked up from the Alliance's Kamm House on December 13 and 14 from 11 am - 1 pm. Contact info@afportland with questions.

The Online Auction is one of a trio of Merry & Bright seasonal events, along with the Alliance Gala streaming December 5 from 6-7 pm and the Holiday Market running December 5 to midnight December 10.


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The Light Between Two Towers, with Thomas Wohlmut
Wednesday, December 02, 2020 3pm - 4pm

The Light Between Two Towers, with Thomas Wohlmut

Thomas Wohlmut is a veteran international documentary filmmaker. A graduate of UCLA film school, Tom is experienced at productions ranging from live broadcast TV to historical film documentaries. Tom began his career by working on “All in the Family,” “The Sonny and Cher Show,” “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and many other CBS Emmy Award winning shows of the 1970’s. He later went on to work in the burgeoning world of the Silicon Valley startups such as Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems, Intel, AMD, and many more. His award-winning film making projects have been viewed by audiences worldwide.

From 1965 to 1968 he lived in Paris as a young man. It was a transformational experience and gave him tremendous respect and appreciation for French culture and history. He has carried that in his heart all these 50 plus years. He continues to visit France frequently.

When Tom heard a rumor that the San Jose Light Tower had a relationship to the Eiffel Tower, he was excited and intrigued. Living in San Jose (Silicon Valley), California was the perfect opportunity to conduct the initial research into this potential relationship.

His recently completed documentary received world-wide acclaim. The film “The...

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“Who is Emmanuel Macron and where is he taking France?” with William Drozdiak in conversation with Simon Kuper
Friday, December 04, 2020 9am - 10am
“Who is Emmanuel Macron and where is he taking France?” with William Drozdiak in conversation with Simon Kuper

Join William Drozdiak, author of The Last President of Europe: Emmanuel Macron's Race to Revive France and Save the World, as he discusses his new book in conversation with Simon Kuper.

In 2017, 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron became France’s youngest leader since Napoleon. Who is this man from small-town Amiens, who passed through the elite ENA school and briefly worked as a banker? What is his project for France – and which bits of it has he managed to realize amid the turmoil of gilets jaunes protesters, strikes and the pandemic? What is his worldview? How does he see the US, China and Putin? What is his approach to Islam and to Islamism? And why, when he’s admired by so many outside France, does he inspire such hatred in so many French people?

Gail Durham is a retired French and Spanish teacher whose involvement in the arts goes back decades. She has worked in clay, bronze, letterpress, weaving, paper making, bookbinding, enamel, felt, woodblock printing, wood engraving, drawing, oil and acrylics. 

A favorite passion is beads, including glass beads,  paper beads, ceramic beads, silver beads and even a few bronze beads.

In this session, Gail will do a “show and tell” in French on some of her favorite projects – new and old – explaining the processes and the inspiration, which comes from nature.

In this format, you’ll easily be able to understand new vocabulary, and we hope you’ll leave with some inspiration of your own to create art.

This is a free event, but please register to let us know who's coming. All levels of French and all ages –– adults and children, age 8 and up – are welcome.


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Sylvie Weil "Le hareng et le saxophone"
Thursday, December 10, 2020 1pm - 3pm
Sylvie Weil "Le hareng et le saxophone"

Only during "Try Something New Week", you will learn about the author Sylvie Weil and her 2013 book, Le hareng et le saxophone (The Herring and the Saxophone). In this 2-hour long workshop you will practice your reading comprehension skills and explore some main themes of the book by comparing a selection of excerpts. Finally, you will exercise your writing skills with prompts inspired by the text.

This workshop is open to B2/C1 level students.

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The Invention of the Modern Frenchwoman - Author Rachel Mesch, in conversation with Pamela Druckerman
Friday, December 11, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
The Invention of the Modern Frenchwoman - Author Rachel Mesch, in conversation with Pamela Druckerman

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, French women's magazines began portraying a new kind of ideal, “la femme moderne.” She wore elegant, form-fitting clothes, but she also played sports, read books, and even wrote them.
Critics were apoplectic about this new model of femininity, claiming that writing would make women sexually depraved. But Frenchwomen began to write and publish in record numbers. Some rejected the model of la femme moderne entirely, dressing in men's clothing, and adopting an early form of transgender identity.  
What was it like to be a fin-de-siècle feminist? What’s a “pants permit”?  Rachel Mesch, who teaches French literature, history, and culture at Yeshiva University, has written three books on writers of this era, most recently Before Trans: Three Gender Stories from Nineteenth-Century France. She says anxiety about female and trans writers masked a deeper fear: that women were capable of intellectual equality with men.
Mesch is also the author of Having it All in the Belle Epoque: How French Women's Magazines Invented the Modern Woman; and The Hysteric's Revenge: French Women Writers at the Fin de Siècle. Her work has appeared in Slate, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Tablet and Lilith, and she blogs about nineteenth-century France at Bric-a-brac-o-mania. She lives in New...

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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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