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.


Beginning Saison 103 (SPRING TERM) : 103-D

Tuesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
04/02/2019 to 06/04/2019
Instructor: Nathalie Gerts

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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Actualité - Culture : ActuCult

Mondays at 6:15-8:30pm
04/01/2019 to 06/03/2019
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

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

Description: Ce cours de'actualité se concentrera sur le monde francophone : lecture, écoute, compréhension et discussions sur de récents événements politiques, sociologiques, environnementaux, sportifs et culturels avec supports des différents médias : journaux, podcast, radio et vidéos.

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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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