• French Classes

French Classes for Adults

Adult classes (18+) are taught in French by a native-fluent instructor in a stress-free, exam-free environment. General classes emphasize oral and written comprehension and production. Themed classes and workshops hone in on specific linguistic and cultural skills. Textbooks and course materials are available for purchase at the Alliance.

True Beginner French Classes

These are classes for true beginners or for persons resuming their studies after a long period (and who did not have a significant foundation). The course covers greetings; introductions; nationalities; numbers; expressing preferences; possession; "tu" vs. "vous" forms of address; the near future; -ER conjugations; basic irregular verbs.

Beginner French Classes [A1]

Immediately following the True Beginner Classes, the 102 to 106 series (CECR A1) develops the student's comprehension and speaking skills to include making requests and appointments; comparisons; detailed descriptions; expressing quantities; directions; the simple future; past perfect and imperfect tenses; introduction to the subjunctive.

Intermediate French Classes [A2]

Classes in the range of 201 to 206 (CECR A2) progressively solidify the student's abilities as an independent speaker expressing a wide range of emotions, opinions, intentions and preferences; discussing events in all tenses; developing use of the subjunctive, and more.

Independent French Classes [B1]

This level includes the popular Edito-based classes for mastery of B1 material, as well as themed classes in literature, travel, culture, current events and conversation.

Proficient French Classes [B2]

This level includes the popular Advanced-Edito based classes for mastery of B2 material, as well as themed classes in literature, cinema, translation, culture, and a variety of text-based conversation classes.

Advanced French Classes [C1]

This level includes classes in literature, current events, cinema, translation, arts and culture, and a variety of text-based conversation courses for mastery of C1 material.

Private Lessons for Adults

Private lessons are available Monday through Saturday following a schedule and pace appropriate to the student. Format can be one on one, or small private-group classes. Call 503-223-8388 to discuss options or to schedule your sessions.

Private lesson pricing for adults is $47/hr for one student, $27/hr per student for groups of 2 -4,  $15/hr for groups of 5+.

In private lessons, teachers will develop coursework specific to the student’s needs and goals, including selection of a textbook and a defined curriculum. This private lesson format is suitable for students at all levels, from beginning to advanced.

Students at the intermediate and advanced levels may opt for a less structured approach for pure conversation practice. Called “Conversation à la carte”, these informal conversation sessions are free-flow opportunities to dialogue in French. The convo sessions are $15 per 30-minute block if purchased in a minimum pack of 5 ($75 for five 30-minute sessions or $150 for five 60-minute sessions). The session is $20 per 30 minutes, if paid one at a time.

Intersession Workshops

Intersession workshops are typically single classes and focus on a specific subject. They're sometimes helpful for reviewing one level before moving on to the next.

 

French Classes for Children

The children's program offers classes for Anglophone children ages 2-14, and classes for children ages 11-14 who have formerly attended French immersion schools and wish to keep up their French. The parent-child classes (2-3 year-olds, and 4-6 year-olds) are designed to provide a playful, stimulating environment in which parents and children learn together. In the 7-10 and 11-14 classes, children will study French in an engaging, educational and age-appropriate setting through cultural and linguistic immersion. Following an interactive method designed especially for young learners, each session presents different themes and linguistic skills, allowing students to explore the French language and francophone culture.

Ages 2-3 (with parent present)

Together, children and parents discover and practice French through hands-on activities, games, songs, dance and stories.

Ages 4-6 (with parent present)

Together, children and parents discover and practice French through hands-on activities, games, songs, dance and stories.

Ages 7-10

Lively, interactive lessons for children aged 7-10. Classes are taught in French by an experienced, native-fluent instructor. Classes are offered at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, and are based on an age-appropriate textbook.

Ages 11-14

Lively, interactive lessons for children aged 11-14. Classes are taught in French by an experienced, native-fluent instructor. Classes are offered at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, and are based on an age-appropriate textbook.

Private Lessons for Children

Private lessons for children are available Monday through Saturday following a schedule and pace appropriate to the student. Format can be one-on-one, or small private-group classes. Private lesson pricing for children is $45/hr for one student, $25 per student for groups of 2-4, and $15 an hour for groups of 5 or more. Those rates are valid for blocks of a minimum of 5 lessons (5 hours), pre-paid. Call 503.223.8388 to discuss options or to schedule your sessions.

Summer Camps

The Alliance Summer Camps provide a week filled with engaging discoveries and debates, a complete French immersion, a nurturing community with small groups, and hours of activities with an educational twist. All levels are welcome!

We offer camps for children and teenagers. 

English Classes for Francophones

Notre classe d’Anglais Seconde Langue s’adresse à tous les francophones souhaitant améliorer leur niveau d’anglais pour communiquer dans toutes les situations de la vie quotidienne. Cette classe est enseignée en anglais par un professeur américain ayant aussi une solide connaissance du français. Ces cours, destinés à des adultes ayant déjà certaines bases d’anglais, comprennent des activités de compréhension, d’expression, et de prononciation, ainsi qu’un renforcement de la grammaire, dans une ambiance à la fois conviviale et studieuse.

Si vous êtes grand débutant ou beaucoup plus avancé, contactez la directrice de l’école lindaf@afportland.org.

Beginning French 101 : 101-A

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Laure Dutirou-Mason

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Greetings; introducing oneself and others; understanding phone calls, contact details; providing  personal information; discussing seasons, months, days of the week, dates; sharing one’s likes, dislikes; counting  0 – 100.

Grammar: Definite articles “le, la, les”; adjectives of nationality; negation “ne…pas”; prepositions before cities/countries;  verbs: “avoir, s’appeler, être”.

Phonetics: Alphabet; rhythmic groups; word stress.

 

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Beginning Saison 102 : 102-A

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Camille Crampsey

Required: 101 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Describing people, lodging, leisure and daily activities; expressing one’s preferences; responding to ads; telling time.

Grammar: Gender and number of nouns/adjectives; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; futur proche; quel/quelle…; prepositions of place – dans/chez/sur/sous; on = nous; verbs: venir, aller, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.

Phonetics: Plural liaison; /y/, /EU, /E/

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Conversation, Pronunciation, Review (CPR) : 106-A

Tuesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

Required: 105 or equiv.. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Conversation: Travel, communication, the media, food, and current events.

Pronunciation: Includes: [r] and [l], [y], [u], nasal vowels, intonation, and accentuation patterns.

Review: Irregular verbs, passé composé, articles, pronouns, the negation.

Note: Comprehension, Pronunciation, Review. This class has been designed as a juncture between the 100 and the 200 levels. It is perfect for those who want to build strong conversational and pronunciation skills and review some grammar before moving on to the next textbook (Saison 2). This class is also a great choice for students currently enrolled in 105/201 who are interested in attending class twice a week, and in augmenting their textbook-based class with a course focusing on conversation and pronunciation.

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Conversation, Pronunciation, Review (CPR) : 206-A

Wednesdays at 1-3:15pm
01/09/2019 to 03/13/2019
Instructor: Jack Seiber

Required: 205 or equiv.. Prepare for CECR B1 level.

Conversation: Daily life, the city, food, fashion, the arts, and current events.

Pronunciation: Includes: the nasal vowels, intonation, /ø/, /o/; /ks/, /gz/; /j/ /w/

Review: Passé composé and imparfait, plus-que-parfait, subjunctive, prepositions, conditional and hypothesis, pronouns.

Note: CPR206 - Comprehension, Pronunciation, Review. This class has been designed as a juncture between the 200 and the Edito levels. It is perfect for those who want to build strong conversational and pronunciation skills and review some grammar before moving on to the next textbook (Edito B1). This class is also a great choice for students currently enrolled in 205/Edito B1 who are interested in attending class twice a week and, in augmenting their textbook-based class with a course focusing on conversation and pronunciation.

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Parent-Child Class (Children ages 2-3, with parent present) : PARCH23-A

Saturdays at 10am-10:45am
01/12/2019 to 03/16/2019
Instructor: To Be Determined

Required: All levels. Prepare for CECR All level.

Description: Together, children and parents discover and practice French through hands-on activities, games, songs, dance and stories.

The class materials fee is included in the course fee.

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Parent-Child Class (Children ages 4-6, with parent present) : PARCH46-A

Saturdays at 11am-11:45am
01/12/2019 to 03/16/2019
Instructor: To Be Determined

Required: All levels. Prepare for CECR All level.

Description: Together, children and parents discover and practice French through hands-on activities, games, songs, dance and stories.

The class materials fee is included in the course fee.

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Beginner Ages 7-10 : 7-10BEG-A

Mondays at 4:15-5:30pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Laure Dutirou-Mason

Required: n/a. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Description: Designed for students who are Anglophones, these classes offer instruction at an beginner level. Different themes with corresponding vocabulary, songs and games will enrich students' linguistic immersion experience. 

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Beginner Ages 11-14 : 11-14BEG

Wednesdays at 4:15-5:30pm
01/09/2019 to 03/13/2019
Instructor: Linda Fuchs

Required: N/A

Description: Designed for students who are Anglophones, these classes offer instruction to true beginners. Different themes with corresponding vocabulary, songs and games will enrich students’ linguistic immersion experience.

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Litterature Avancée : LIT ADV

Mondays at 1:30pm-3:45pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Nathalie Gerts

Required: Edito B2 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B2/C1 level.

 

Description: “ La Puce à l’oreille” de Claude Duneton est un recueil de petites histoires attrayantes qui vous feront découvrir l’anthologie d’un grand nombre d’expressions populaires françaises avec leur origine. Recommandé pour les élèves de bon niveau avancé voulant approfondir la connaissance de la langue française.

 

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Beginning French 101 : 101-B

Wednesdays at 10-12:15pm
01/09/2019 to 03/13/2019
Instructor: Patricia Bourque

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Greetings; introducing oneself and others; understanding phone calls, contact details; providing  personal information; discussing seasons, months, days of the week, dates; sharing one’s likes, dislikes; counting  0 – 100.

Grammar: Definite articles “le, la, les”; adjectives of nationality; negation “ne…pas”; prepositions before cities/countries;  verbs: “avoir, s’appeler, être”.

Phonetics: Alphabet; rhythmic groups; word stress.

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Beginning Saison 102 : 102-D

Thursdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Laure Dutirou-Mason

Required: 101 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Describing people, lodging, leisure and daily activities; expressing one’s preferences; responding to ads; telling time.

Grammar: Gender and number of nouns/adjectives; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; futur proche; quel/quelle…; prepositions of place – dans/chez/sur/sous; on = nous; verbs: venir, aller, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.

Phonetics: Plural liaison; /y/, /EU, /E/

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Conversation, Pronunciation, Review (CPR) : 106-B

Thursdays at 10-12:15pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Jack Seiber

Required: 105 or equiv.. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Conversation: Travel, communication, the media, food, and current events.

Pronunciation: Includes: [r] and [l], [y], [u], nasal vowels, intonation, and accentuation patterns.

Review: Irregular verbs, passé composé, articles, pronouns, the negation.

Note: Comprehension, Pronunciation, Review. This class has been designed as a juncture between the 100 and the 200 levels. It is perfect for those who want to build strong conversational and pronunciation skills and review some grammar before moving on to the next textbook (Saison 2). This class is also a great choice for students currently enrolled in 105/201 who are interested in attending class twice a week, and in augmenting their textbook-based class with a course focusing on conversation and pronunciation.

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Perfecting through Edito B1 : ED-A:5

Wednesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/09/2019 to 03/13/2019
Instructor: Francine Martinie Chough

Required: 206 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B1 level.

Description: Edito is a method geared toward adults and mature adolescents wishing to gain mastery of CECR level B1. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips), including the media, arts & culture, travel, history, the environment, the working world, and more. Edito classes can be taken in any sequence; thus the books (text and exercise book) are used for several terms. Each Edito class covers a different thematic unit. 

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Advanced Edito : EDA-B2:1/2

Fridays at 10-12:15pm
01/11/2019 to 03/15/2019
Instructor: Lucie Bonvalet

Required: Edito B1 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B2 level.

Description: Advanced Edito is a method geared toward adults wishing to gain mastery of CECR level B2. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips), including the media, arts & culture, travel, history, the environment, the working world, and more. Edito classes can be taken in any sequence; thus the books are used for several terms.

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Beginning French 101 : 101-E

Fridays at 10-12:15pm
01/11/2019 to 03/15/2019
Instructor: Jack Seiber

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Greetings; introducing oneself and others; understanding phone calls, contact details; providing  personal information; discussing seasons, months, days of the week, dates; sharing one’s likes, dislikes; counting  0 – 100.

Grammar: Definite articles “le, la, les”; adjectives of nationality; negation “ne…pas”; prepositions before cities/countries;  verbs: “avoir, s’appeler, être”.

Phonetics: Alphabet; rhythmic groups; word stress.

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Beginning Saison 104 : 104-A

Thursdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Julie Nelson

Required: 103 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1/A2 level.

Communication: Describing a city, objects; asking for and giving directions; providing details; creating a classified ad; expressing (dis)agreement; obligation/interdiction.

Grammar: Placement of adjectives; prendre, faire; pronoun “y”; prepositions of place; comparisons; imperfect and past perfect tenses; negative imperative; relative pronouns qui/que.

Phonetics: / i / /y / /s / / z / / y / / u / / R / / l /.

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Perfecting through Edito B1 : ED-B:3

Fridays at 10-12:15pm
01/11/2019 to 03/15/2019
Instructor: Linda Fuchs

Required: 206 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B1 level.

Description: Edito is a method geared toward adults and mature adolescents wishing to gain mastery of CECR level B1. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips), including the media, arts & culture, travel, history, the environment, the working world, and more. Edito classes can be taken in any sequence; thus the books (text and exercise book) are used for several terms. Each Edito class covers a different thematic unit.

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Culture et Littérature: XXe siècle : CultLit

Wednesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/09/2019 to 03/13/2019
Instructor: Khadija Khalife

Required: Edito B2 or equiv.

Description: Ce cours est un survol d’œuvres littéraires et artistiques qui ont marqué le 20e siècle et qui diffusent une vision d'un monde déstabilisé mais qui aspire à la libération et au renouveau. Parmi les auteurs abordés figurent Apollinaire, Gide, Proust, Breton, Eluard, Ionesco, Sartre, Camus, Prévert et Ponge. Côté artistique, seront étudiés la peinture (courants impressionniste, cubiste, surréaliste) ainsi que le cinéma, la musique, la danse et l'architecture.

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Beginning French 101/102 (Accelerated) : 101-102-A

Mondays at 10-12:15pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: To Be Determined

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Description: Appropriate for those who already know a little French, and want to refresh their knowledge rapidly in a well-paced but faster class. True beginners are advised to sign up for 101. This class condenses the 101 and 102 courses. 

Communication:  Greetings; introducing oneself and others; understanding phone calls, contact details; providing personal information; discussing seasons, months, days of the week, dates; sharing one’s likes, dislikes; counting 0 – 1 million; asking/giving directions; understanding schedules and itineraries; shopping; using public transportation.  

Grammar: Definite, indefinite & partitive articles; adjectives of nationality; negation “ne…pas”; prepositions of place & before cities/countries ; quel, quelle… ; “en”; verbs: “avoir, s’appeler, être, aller, prendre, descendre, continuer, payer, manger, faire, acheter”. 

Phonetics: Alphabet; rhythmic groups; word stress; intonation; final consonants & “e, é”

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Advanced Edito C1 : EDA-C1:3/4

Tuesdays at 1:30pm-3:45pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Nathalie Gerts

Required: Edito B2 or equiv. Prepare for CECR C1 level.

Description: Edito is for students wishing to master the C1 level. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips), including arts & culture, the media, travel, history, the environment, the working world, and more.  Edito classes cover different thematic units and can be taken in any sequence.

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Intermediate Saison 202 : 202-B

Thursdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Jack Seiber

Required: 201 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Communication: Speaking of one's studies and career; building a network; social media.

Grammar: Passé composé and imparfait; direct and indirect object pronouns; inverted questions; reported speech. Verbs - mettre, suivre. 

Phonetics: Silent /e/; vowels.

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Advanced Edito C1 : EDA-C1:1/2

Mondays at 10-12:15pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Lucie Bonvalet

Required: Edito B2 or equiv. Prepare for CECR C1 level.

Description: Advanced Edito is a method geared toward adults wishing to gain mastery of CECR level C1. A variety of societal and cultural themes are presented throughout the book using authentic documents (articles, video and audio clips), including the media, arts & culture, travel, history, the environment, the working world, and more. Edito classes can be taken in any sequence, and the books are used for multiple terms.

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Intermediate Saison 203 : 203-A

Tuesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Nathalie Gerts

Required: 202 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Communication: Describing objects; expressing indifference, ignorance, reassurance; writing a for-sale ad; talking about one’s past; identifying stereotypes; conversing on the phone.

Grammar: Comparative & superlative adjectives; demonstrative & interrogative pronouns; subjunctive mood; gerunds; pluperfect; pronouns - en/y/où/dont; verbs – vivre/valoir/accueillir.

Phonetics: / y / /Ø / /oe /; / i / / e / / Ɛ /; / / ã // ɔ̃ /; / j /.

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Intermediate Ages 7-10 : 7-10INT-B

Saturdays at 12:45-2pm
01/12/2019 to 03/16/2019
Instructor: Giulia Agostini

Required: Alex & Zoe 1 or approx 120 hrs i. Prepare for CECR A2/B1 level.

Description: Designed for students who are Anglophones, these classes offer instruction at an intermediate level. Different themes with corresponding vocabulary, songs and games will enrich students' linguistic immersion experience.

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Intermediate Saison 204 : 204-A

Thursdays at 10-12:15pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Benedicte McAlpine

Required: 203 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A2/B1 level.

Communication: Giving an order; responding to a question; promising; organizing one's discourse; speaking on the telephone; accuse, dispute, criticize; interacting over the telephone.

Grammar: “Le, en & y” replacing a proposition; formation of adverbs using -ment; articulations of discourse; working world vocabulary; clarifying.

Phonetics:

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Beginning Saison 105 : 105-A

Tuesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Khadija Khalife

Required: 104 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Communication: Comparisons; speaking of the past & future; quantity; expressing agreement/disagreement; understanding and describing the weather; describing a person; expressing your wishes; writing a letter and a story.

Grammar: Interrogation with inversion; reflexive verbs; imparfait; simple future; present subjunctive; negations with "ne...plus, ne...que" and "ne...jamais"; “sortir, partir, quitter, s’en aller”; “dans” vs. “en” in time expressions; sequence words: “d'abord, puis, enfin”; “en” to express quantity; pronoun placement with the imperative.

Phonetics: Nasal and non-nasal vowel pairs: [a] – [ɑ̃], [o] – [ɔ̃], [ɛ] – [ɛ̃]

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Beginning French 101 : 101-C

Thursdays at 10-12:15pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Greetings; introducing oneself and others; understanding phone calls, contact details; providing  personal information; discussing seasons, months, days of the week, dates; sharing one’s likes, dislikes; counting  0 – 100.

Grammar: Definite articles “le, la, les”; adjectives of nationality; negation “ne…pas”; prepositions before cities/countries;  verbs: “avoir, s’appeler, être”.

Phonetics: Alphabet; rhythmic groups; word stress.

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Beginning Saison 102 : 102-C

Tuesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Rachele Avolio

Required: 101 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Describing people, lodging, leisure and daily activities; expressing one’s preferences; responding to ads; telling time.

Grammar: Gender and number of nouns/adjectives; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; futur proche; quel/quelle…; prepositions of place – dans/chez/sur/sous; on = nous; verbs: venir, aller, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.

Phonetics: Plural liaison; /y/, /EU, /E/

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Art INT: Onsite at PAM : ART-INT

Thursdays at 10-12:15pm
01/10/2019 to 02/07/2019
Instructor: Elene Zedginidze

Required: Saison A2 or equiv.

Description: Bring your walking shoes and notebooks for five weeks of Intermediate art critique and Portland Art Museum visits. This class will enrich your vocabulary and improve your communication skills through close observation of artworks and slow looking. During each museum visit, students will have the opportunity to present individual critiques or share as a group. The first class will be held in the Kamm House; the following four will meet at the PAM.

 

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Advanced Ages 11-14 : 11-14ADV

Thursdays at 4:15-5:30pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Laure Dutirou-Mason

Required: Extensive immersion experience at home or at school

Description: This class is intended for students with extensive immersion experience at home or in school. Oral and written skills are reviewed and reinforced through exercises, games, dictée and weekly assignments. The class materials fee is included in the course fee.

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Beginning Saison 102 : 102-E

Saturdays at 1:30pm-3:45pm
01/12/2019 to 03/16/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

Required: 101 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Describing people, lodging, leisure and daily activities; expressing one’s preferences; responding to ads; telling time.

Grammar: Gender and number of nouns/adjectives; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; futur proche; quel/quelle…; prepositions of place – dans/chez/sur/sous; on = nous; verbs: venir, aller, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.

Phonetics: Plural liaison; /y/, /EU, /E/

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Beginning French 101 : 101-F

Saturdays at 10-12:15pm
01/12/2019 to 03/16/2019
Instructor: Giulia Agostini

Required: none. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Greetings; introducing oneself and others; understanding phone calls, contact details; providing  personal information; discussing seasons, months, days of the week, dates; sharing one’s likes, dislikes; counting  0 – 100.

Grammar: Definite articles “le, la, les”; adjectives of nationality; negation “ne…pas”; prepositions before cities/countries;  verbs: “avoir, s’appeler, être”.

Phonetics: Alphabet; rhythmic groups; word stress.

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Cuisine : Cuisine

Thursdays at 3:30-5:45pm
01/10/2019 to 03/14/2019
Instructor: Francine Martinie Chough

Required: Saison A2 or equiv.

Description: This course is for gourmets and gourmands alike. French gastronomy has been designated by UNESCO as a part of “world intangible heritage,” and as such deserves close study and appreciation. Students will learn about culinary traditions, customs and etiquette through weekly readings, recipes and presentations by the instructor and students. No requirement to have studied the first part of this series Cuisine 1, offered last spring.

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Beginning Saison 102 : 102-B

Tuesdays at 10-12:15pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Patricia Bourque

Required: 101 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1 level.

Communication: Describing people, lodging, leisure and daily activities; expressing one’s preferences; responding to ads; telling time.

Grammar: Gender and number of nouns/adjectives; possessive adjectives; reflexive verbs; futur proche; quel/quelle…; prepositions of place – dans/chez/sur/sous; on = nous; verbs: venir, aller, vouloir, pouvoir, devoir.

Phonetics: Plural liaison; /y/, /EU, /E/

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Le FLE par Textes : TXT FLE-4

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Nathalie Gerts

Required: Edito B1 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B1/B2 level.

DescriptionThis course is based on the reading and discussion of celebrated authors, playwrights, singers and poets, both classic and contemporary. Written expression, listening comprehension and grammar review are all central to the goal of this class: improving students’ language skills through texts.

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Intermediate Saison 202 : 202-A

Tuesdays at 10-12:15pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Benedicte McAlpine

Required: 201 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A2 level.

Communication: Speaking of one's studies and career; building a network; social media.

Grammar: Passé composé and imparfait; direct and indirect object pronouns; inverted questions; reported speech. Verbs - mettre, suivre. 

Phonetics: Silent /e/; vowels.

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Art-ADV-B: Onsite at PAM : ART-ADV-B

Tuesdays at 10-12:15pm
02/12/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Elene Zedginidze

Required: B1 or equiv.

Description: Bring your walking shoes and notebooks for five weeks of Advanced art critique and Portland Art Museum visits. This class will enrich your vocabulary and improve your communication skills through close observation of artworks and slow looking. During each museum visit, students will have the opportunity to present individual critiques or share as a group. The first class will be held in the Kamm House; the following four will meet at the PAM.

***There will be two Advanced art critique courses offered this session: each one is a separate entity, with different themes.  Students may register for one or both.

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Beginning Saison 103 : 103-A

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
01/07/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Rachele Avolio

Required: 102 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1/A2 level.

Communication: Describing clothing, a past outing, a film; expressing one’s opinion, congratulations; writing a recipe, invitation, correspondence; ordering in a restaurant; conversing at table, in a store.

Grammar: Demonstrative adjectives; adverbs of frequency; reflexive verbs; imperative; partitive article & quantities;  passé composé w/ être; imperfect tense; negation - ne…plus, ne…jamais; en; il faut.

Phonetics: Intonation; /o/ / ɔ̃ /; /a / / ã /.

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Beginning Saison 103 : 103-B

Tuesdays at 10-12:15pm
01/08/2019 to 03/12/2019
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

Required: 102 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1/A2 level.

Communication: Describing clothing, a past outing, a film; expressing one’s opinion, congratulations; writing a recipe, invitation, correspondence; ordering in a restaurant; conversing at table, in a store.

Grammar: Demonstrative adjectives; adverbs of frequency; reflexive verbs; imperative; partitive article & quantities;  passé composé w/ être; imperfect tense; negation - ne…plus, ne…jamais; en; il faut.

Phonetics: Intonation; /o/ / ɔ̃ /; /a / / ã /.

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Musique : MUS-B

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
02/11/2019 to 03/11/2019
Instructor: Eric John Kaiser

Required: Saison 103 or equiv. Prepare for CECR A1/A2 level.

DescriptionDiscover and learn more about French popular music, "La chanson française", including French hip hop and the bridges that exist between American and French music. Parisian singer songwriter Eric John Kaiser will perform songs for you in class from iconic French singer songwriters, as well as discuss lyrics, life histories and how France’s rich culture has flourished with this music.

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Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot A 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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