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 for Travelers - INTERMEDIATE - Part 2 Friday 02/08 : A2/B1 PART 2 - 02/15

Fridays at 10am-12pm
02/15/2019 to 02/15/2019
Instructor: Jack Sieber

These intermediate workshops in French teach you simple and useful French expressions to use while traveling in a francophone country.

Workshop Part 2: For Levels A2/B1

Learn essential vocabulary and phrases, then practice with dialogues and listening exercises that will focus on these situations and more:

Arrival: At the airport; transferring to your ground destination. Taxis, trains, metro.

Getting Around: Taking public transportation.

Lodging: Checking in; hotel situations.

Dining: Menu reading, ordering, discussing food and drinks.

Shopping: Asking for help in a variety of stores; shopping etiquette; at the farmer’s market; flea market.

Emergency: Talking to a doctor or a pharmacist; buying items at the pharmacy.

 

Finding Your Way:  Asking for, understanding and (oui!) giving directions.

The workshops are standalone — you do not need to take Part 1 before Part 2.

 

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Beginning Saison 103 (SPRING TERM) : 103-C

Tuesdays at 10-12:15pm
04/02/2019 to 06/04/2019
Instructor: Jack Sieber

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 (SPRING TERM) : MUS

Wednesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
04/03/2019 to 06/05/2019
Instructor: Eric John Kaiser

Required: Edito B1 or equiv. Prepare for CECR B1/B2 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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French for Travelers - INTERMEDIATE - Part 2 Friday 03/22 : A2/B1 PART 2 - 03/22

Fridays at 5:00-7:00pm
03/22/2019 to 03/22/2019
Instructor: Lucile Lemons

These intermediate workshops in French teach you simple and useful French expressions to use while traveling in a francophone country.

Workshop Part 2: For Levels A2/B1

Learn essential vocabulary and phrases, then practice with dialogues and listening exercises that will focus on these situations and more:

Arrival: At the airport; transferring to your ground destination. Taxis, trains, metro.

Getting Around: Taking public transportation.

Lodging: Checking in; hotel situations.

Dining: Menu reading, ordering, discussing food and drinks.

Shopping: Asking for help in a variety of stores; shopping etiquette; at the farmer’s market; flea market.

Emergency: Talking to a doctor or a pharmacist; buying items at the pharmacy.

 

Finding Your Way:  Asking for, understanding and (oui!) giving directions.

The workshops are standalone — you do not need to take Part 1 before Part 2.

 

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Intermediate Saison 203 (SPRING TERM) : 203-B

Thursdays at 6:15-8:30pm
04/04/2019 to 06/06/2019
Instructor: Jack Sieber

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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Les Polars (SPRING TERM) : POLARS

Wednesdays at 10-12:15pm
04/03/2019 to 06/05/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

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

Description: Le polar, le rompol , le roman policier sont les étiquettes du genre littéraire fascinant et merveilleux du monde d’Arsène Lupin, de l’Inspecteur Maigret et de San-Antonio. Explorez les oeuvres de Fred Vargas, Maurice Leblanc, Paul Merault, Georges Simenon et d’autres avec des lectures de romans et des extraits des années 1950-1990.

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Beginning 102 (SPRING TERM) : 102-EZ

Saturdays at 10-12:15pm
04/06/2019 to 06/08/2019
Instructor: Linda Blanchette

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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Advanced Edito (SPRING TERM) : EDA-BZ2:3/4

Fridays at 10-12:15pm
04/05/2019 to 06/07/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

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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CultConvo - Histoire de Paris (SPRING TERM) : CultConvo

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

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

Description: En mêlant histoire et géographie, ce cours interactif vous propose de voyager dans Paris et dans son histoire. De la période gallo-romaine au XXe siècle, nous présenterons les différents visages de la capitale française au gré de monuments, tels que les Arènes de Lutèce, la Tour St Jacques ou la butte Montmartre, qui incarnent ces diverses périodes du développement de Paris.

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Beginning French 101 (SPRING TERM) : 101-D

Wednesdays at 10-12:15pm
04/03/2019 to 06/05/2019
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 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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Beginning Saison 103 (SPRING TERM) : 103-E

Thursdays at 6:15-8:30pm
04/04/2019 to 06/06/2019
Instructor: Laure Dutirou-Mason

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 (SPRING TERM) : 103-F

Saturdays at 1:30pm-3:45pm
04/06/2019 to 06/08/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

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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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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