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.
French on the Go, the 4 week drop-in workshop series, continues this summer with new offerings to liven 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 June 21, 2021.
Régions de France
B2/C1, Thursdays 10-11:30am.
Emmanuel vous fera voyager dans différentes régions de France à la découverte de leurs plus beaux monuments et de leur histoire. Ne manquez pas cette opportunité d’immersion dans la culture française tout en restant dans votre canapé!
Summer 2: July 22 - August 12Workshop 1, July 22: l'Isère Workshop 2, July 29: la Savoie Workshop 3, August 5: la Haute Savoie Workshop 4, August 19: l'Ain - the class has been rescheduled to July 19.
This summer, choose from two five-week long modules. Summer 2: July 19 - August 21. 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. Please sign up for both parts to complete the level. We invite those joining in part 2 without completing part 1 to contact the office to verify the level and class availability.
SPECIALTY AND CULTURAL CLASSES
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. You may join Specialty and Cultural classes in part 2 without contacting the office.
Civilisation de la Francophonie
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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
Although our cooking classes are finished for the summer, you can drop-in on a wine class through August 10. Cooking and wine classes are part of our summer Cultural Seminars. Enjoy learning about the history and traditions of French regions through the lens of cuisine and wine. Each 4-week seminars can be attended as a bundle of four sessions, or as a single session drop-ins. Choose your options during registration.
Wine Classes with Tastings
Join Sommelier, Wine Educator and Alliance Board Member Maxine Borcherding for a tour of some more of the delicious wines of France. Each class will offer you the opportunity to purchase the wines to taste at home. Food pairing suggestions (and recipes) will be provided when you register.
Taste along at home during the class session with Maxine via Zoom. Wines for each class can be purchased in our Boutique. Look over the wine lists and descriptions for each class – click here to download the complete set for all four classes. If you're not sure how to deal with all the wines for tastings at home, read
Discover the language of perfume in this two hour, hands-on workshop in English with Anastasia Sokolow, founder of Maison Sulékó, direct from Paris via Zoom. Anastasia will initiate you into the world of scent ingredients and their links to emotions in a process that is like learning a language, the language of scents.
Each student receives a kit with twelve essential scents that illustrate what Anastasia discusses as she leads you on a voyage touching on art, scents, and poetry. You will learn about scent ingredients (natural essences, absolute, and synthetic molecules) and how these ingredients are extracted, how to smell them, and how to memorize them, with the help of your kit of scents.
Your kit also contains four perfumes created by Sulékó. As you learn the various tools, processes, and traditions that Sulékó has used to create its perfumes, you will study the four perfumes and see how each reveals the inner self at certain points in life.
This initiation to the world of perfume will help you refine your sense of smell and teach you how to choose a perfume that truly matches your personality and your state of mind, a perfume that narrates your own story.
You may invite a...