Important Announcement

All our group and private classes are running and will be taught online throughout the end of April. We will then evaluate the safety of switching to in-person classes. If you have any questions please contact info@afportland.org. Book pick-up schedule: Friday 3/20 12-3 p.m., Tuesday 3/24 10 a.m.-1 p.m, Friday 3/27 3-6 p.m.

Teachers

Courses focus on communication and are taught by experienced, professional instructors using European-designed teaching materials. Alliance teachers are native-fluent and specialize in FLE (French as a foreign language). Many teachers are available for private lessons, weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays.

Rachele Avolio

Rachele holds a B.A in French and a Master of Arts in Teaching French as a foreign language from Portland State University, and has taught in Oregon universities and public schools. Before her teaching career, Rachele spent fourteen years in France, where she raised her two children and worked for a baker’s yeast company in Marcq en Baroeul near the Belgian border.

Rachele Avolio's Courses

Linda Blanchette

Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus on teaching adults. She has taught French and English as a Second Language both abroad and in Oregon universities and community colleges. She also spent two years in France and four years in Egypt teaching French and English as a Second Language.

 

Linda Blanchette's Courses

Lucie Bonvalet

Lucie has two Master's degrees (English and FLE - teaching French as a Second Language) as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Originally from Dordogne, Lucie has taught French to adults and teenagers in high schools, conversation centers and cultural centers in Japan (both Kyoto and Tokyo) and in England. She has also taught French at Portland Community College. Lucie has been teaching at the Alliance since 2005.

Lucie Bonvalet's Courses

Maxine Borcherding

 

Maxine Borcherding, Chef, Sommelier, and lover of wine and fine food, will guide you through an in-depth look at the wine regions of France. Maxine’s professional certifications include Sommelier (International Sommelier Guild), French Wine Scholar (French Wine Academy), Spanish Wine Educator (Wine Academy of Spain), and Wine Location Specialist (Center for Wine Origins). She recently retired from 16 years as Lead Chef Instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute. 

 

Maxine Borcherding's Courses

Patricia Bourque

Patricia is a native of Reims and longtime resident of Montréal. Her academic background in applied sciences, medicine and history spans the years she has resided in both France and Canada. Since her arrival in the U.S.  in 2004, she has focused on keeping her three children bi-lingual, and assuming a role as a school leader and community volunteer. She is a trained instructor of French.

Patricia Bourque's Courses

Francine Martinie Chough

Francine is a native of Autun, near the Burgundy region. Following a career in teaching in Autun at the Lycée Bonaparte, then teaching French in an English public school near London for a year, and in the hotel business in Paris at the Paris Sheraton Hotel, she received a Bachelor degree in English and French from Lewis and Clark College. She taught French in a Montessori school in Vancouver, WA, then earned a Master's degree in Education from Loyola College of Maryland with an emphasis on Montessori Education. She taught 3 years as a Montessori Elementary teacher, and taught 1st through 5th grade at the Catlin Gabel School in the Lower School where she developed the French curriculum. She continues to teach all levels of students from elementary to adult, and is a certified in DELF/DALF examiner and corrector. Francine has been teaching at the Alliance since 2009.

Francine Martinie Chough's Courses

Camille Charpentier

comes from the Seine-et-Marne department of France and holds a master’s degree in child education from the University de Reims Champagne Ardenne. She taught in French elementary schools from 2014 to 2018 before coming to the United States. Camille is an ardent student of piano and also practices classic and modern dance.

Camille Charpentier's Courses

Linda Fuchs

Linda grew up in Switzerland and is a native speaker of both French and German. She has a Master’s in Slavic Linguistics from NYU and a Master’s in Teaching with a French endorsement from Lewis and Clark College. Her experience includes six years teaching French in universities and over fifteen years of experience teaching French to children of all ages. Linda was the president of the Alliance Française in San Antonio, Texas, and founder of its language school. She has done in-depth research in the area of phonetics and is a certified DELF/DALF examiner-corrector. Linda has been with the Portland Alliance since 2010 and after 3 years as Pedagogy Manager, is currently the School Director.

Linda Fuchs's Courses

Nathalie Gerts

Nathalie has a BA in Philosophy and completed studies of French Literature at the Sorbonne (University of Paris). She earned an FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) Teaching Degree from the worldwide headquarters of the Alliance Française in Paris and is also certified by the French National Ministry of Education. Initially a teacher in French elementary schools, she has also enjoyed a career in the tourism industry in Paris and the U.S., and has taught French in the public school system in Oregon as well as Linn-Benton Community College. Nathalie has been teaching at the Alliance since 2004.

Nathalie Gerts's Courses

Sarah King

Sarah grew up in Waterloo Belgium, where she attended a local school and specialized in modern languages and classics (ancient Greek). She moved to Oregon in 2013 to attend Lewis & Clark College where she received a Bachelor's of Arts in Foreign languages and literature. For the past two years, she has worked at an immersion school that specializes in French and Spanish. Her passion is helping children reach their potential and the French language. In her free time, she takes her dog for hikes and explores the wonderful restaurants that Portland has to offer.

Sarah King's Courses

Emmanuel Laurin

Emmanuel hails from Rochefort, Charente Maritime, on the west coast of France. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, and a B.A. in History and English language from the University of Poitiers. He lectured at the University of Créteil and Paris 8 before moving to Oregon where he currently teaches all levels of French.

Emmanuel Laurin's Courses

Pierre Metens

Pierre is originally from Belgium where he studied pedagogy and sociology at the Université de Liège. In addition to teaching at the Alliance, Pierre is also a voice talent for recordings of commercials and guided tours in French for Bruce International. He has been with the Alliance since 2003.

Pierre Metens's Courses

Monique Myhre

Monique, born to a French mother and Polish father, grew up in the U.S. as a first generation American.  Her foreign language background includes a Bachelor of Arts in French with a focus on ESL and second language learning and studying abroad in Albi, France.  Monique also earned a B.A. in Child Development which prepared her to create individualized, student-centered curriculum.  For the last 35 years, Monique has been teaching various subjects to children and adults in non-traditional settings through one-on-one tutoring and small-group lessons.

Monique Myhre's Courses

Julie Nelson

Julie received her Bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Oregon and her Master’s in French with a strong focus on second language acquisition and pedagogy from Portland State University. She previously studied FLE and French literature at the Université of Poitiers in France, then spent three years teaching English in Spain. Julie has extensive experience teaching French, Spanish, and ESOL in a variety of contexts to language learners of all ages.

Julie Nelson's Courses

Benedicte McAlpine

Bénédicte is an experienced teacher from France and a specialist in second-language acquisition methods. She has a Master's Degree in communication from Paris, and is also interested in teaching French through arts.

Benedicte McAlpine's Courses

Marie-Pierre Wolfe

Marie-Pierre is originally from Lyon and was one of the founders of the French Elementary School program of the Eugene 4-J public school district, She served as a school principal in France before returning to the US where she enjoys teaching at the Alliance in addition to being an adjunct professor at the University of Washington in Vancouver. Marie-Pierre has been with the Alliance since 2008.

Marie-Pierre Wolfe's Courses

Elene Zedginidze

Elene graduated from the École du Louvre with a Masters of Arts in Museum Education and Cultural Studies. Originally from the Republic of Georgia, she was exposed to French starting from elementary school. She enjoyed teaching children and adults in various Parisian museums and researching for her doctorate at the University of Paris VIII before moving to Portland in 2014.

Elene Zedginidze's Courses

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.

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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