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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.

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.

 

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.

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 $13 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 105 (FALL TERM) : 105-C

Saturdays at 1:30pm-3:45pm
09/14/2019 to 11/16/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

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

Communication: Understanding an on-line reservation site, road safety rules; expressing preference, hesitation, emotion; lodging a complaint; writing a formal email, postcard; discussing weight, size, health. 

Grammar: Possessive adjectives;  past tense w/avoir; c’est vs. il est ; direct object pronouns; obligation/interdiction; pronoun « y ». 

Phonetics: Nasal vowels; /f/-/v/, /b/-/v/.

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Perfectionnement (SUMMER TERM) : Perfectionnement 2

Thursdays at 3:30-5:45pm
08/01/2019 to 08/29/2019
Instructor: Francine Martinie Chough

Required: 203 or equiv.

Description: The series is back! Following the coursework of our summer immersion week, Perfectionnement will help you develop more spontaneity of expression, improve your pronunciation, expand your grammar skills, and hone your listening comprehension.  This is an ideal course to take in conjunction with any  intermediate class (200-level or higher).  Enroll in five or ten weeks of successive lessons.

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Beginning 103 (FALL TERM) : 103-A

Wednesdays at 10-12:15pm
09/11/2019 to 11/13/2019
Instructor: Monique Myhre

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

Communication: Talking about the weather, daily activities; telling time; describing an object; asking about sizes & prices; arranging an outing; accepting/refusing an invitation; making reservations by phone.

Grammar: Demonstrative adjectives; gender & placement of adjectives; futur proche & passé récent; relexive verbs; adverbs of frequency; imperative mood. 

Phonetics: “Elision, liaison”; /i/ -/y/, /y/ - /u/.

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Intermediate 202 (FALL TERM) : 202-C

Saturdays at 10-12:15pm
09/14/2019 to 11/16/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

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

Communication: Describing, placing & reading ads for lodging; floor plans; expressing joy, intention. 

Grammar: Relative pronouns; comparison of adjectives, adverbs; possessive adjectives; le futur simple; conditions with “si”. 

Phonetics: /ply/-/plys/-/plyz/;  nasal vowels.

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Littérature: Paroles du Terroir (FALL TERM) : LITT

Mondays at 1:30pm-3:45pm
09/09/2019 to 11/12/2019
Instructor: Nathalie Gerts

Required: 203 or equiv.

Description“Paroles du terroir” a pour but de faire découvrir 10 textes importants par 10 auteurs majoritairement du 20ème siècle tout en sensibilisant les étudiants à la richesse culturelle de la France au travers de sa littérature régionale. Compréhension écrite, découverte de nouvelles expressions et de vocabulaire, expression orale constitueront le déroulement de ce cours de niveau intermédiaire.

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Intensive Verbs (FALL TERM) : INT-VB

Tuesdays at 1:30pm-3:45pm
09/10/2019 to 11/13/2019
Instructor: Jack Sieber

Required: 203 or equiv.

DescriptionIt’s time to get serious about conjugations, modality and nuances of tense and usage through written and oral practice. This class will advance your speaking, listening and writing skills through exercises, drills and selected readings.

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Déjeuner Conversation : Déj-Convo-B

Thursdays at 12:30-1:30pm
09/05/2019 to 09/05/2019
Instructor: Francine Martinie Chough

Join us for an hour of conversation and a delicious picnic baguette lunch from the Boulangerie St. Honoré.

Levels A2/B2

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Beginning French 101 (FALL TERM) : 101-D

Wednesdays at 10-12:15pm
09/11/2019 to 11/13/2019
Instructor: Jack Sieber

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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Sounding French-B (FALL TERM) : SN-FR-B

Wednesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
09/11/2019 to 11/13/2019
Instructor: Linda Fuchs

Required: 103 or equiv.

DescriptionPerfect your pronunciation and the challenging French /R/, nasal vowels, final consonant pronunciation and much more. Correct articulation is essential!  You will study the phonetic alphabet as well as basic transcription.

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Chantons! : Chant

Wednesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
09/11/2019 to 10/09/2019
Instructor: Alice Beauvallet

Required: B1 or equiv.

Description: Find out what’s new and what’s traditional in the wide, wonderful world of French-language songs as you examine the latest “tubes” and classic songs from the 60’s-90’s. Singing along is optional!

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Cuisine : Cuisine-A

Thursdays at 3pm-5pm
09/05/2019 to 09/05/2019
Instructor: Francine Martinie Chough

L’importance du pain et du fromage dans la gastronomie française : les traditions, les superstitions, les trucs et astuces !

Levels A2

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French for Travelers - BEGINNER : FFT A1-B

Wednesdays at 6:00-8:00pm
09/04/2019 to 09/04/2019
Instructor: Julie Nelson

This two-part workshop, taught partly in English, offers a total of  four hours of in-depth preparation for your next visit to a francophone country. Essential vocabulary, travel tips and basic dialogues will help you navigate typical situations:  restaurants, shops, lodging and transportation.

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French for Travelers - INTERMEDIATE : FFT A2/B1-B

Tuesdays at 6:00-8:00pm
09/03/2019 to 09/03/2019
Instructor: Julie Nelson

This two-part workshop offers a total of  four hours of in-depth preparation for your next visit to a francophone country.  Essential vocabulary, travel tips and a wide range of dialogues will help you navigate typical situations:  restaurants, shops, lodging , transportation, phone calls  and meeting new people.

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Revision 101 : REV 101

Thursdays at 1:30-3:30pm
09/05/2019 to 09/05/2019
Instructor: Laure Dutirou-Mason

A comprehensive review of the 101 coursework: ideal for those finishing out the summer term, as well as students getting a head start on the True Beginner lessons.

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Immersion pour les avancés B2/C1 : WKIMM-B2/C1

Weekends at 9:30am-4:30pm
08/24/2019 to 08/25/2019
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Un week-end d’immersion pour lesavancés B2/C1 9h30-16h30

Venez vous joindre à nous cet été pour deux jours de perfectionnement au niveau avancé. Commencez  la journée avec les infos, suivies de la pratique de compréhension orale, des leçons de phonétique et de grammaire ainsi que des discussions thématiques. Déjeunez avec vos camarades et vos profs dans un restaurant du coin ou sur la terrasse de la Maison Kamm.

Contactez-nous au bureau par téléphone, en personne ou par courriel : 503.223.8388/info@afportland.org. $310.

A bientôt !

 

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Revision 103 : REV 103

Fridays at 10am-12pm
09/06/2019 to 09/06/2019
Instructor: Julie Nelson

A comprehensive review of the 103 coursework: ideal for finishing out the summer term as well as preparing for the fall.

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Revision 201 : REV 201

Tuesdays at 6:00-8:00pm
09/03/2019 to 09/03/2019
Instructor: Linda Blanchette

A comprehensive review of the 201 coursework: ideal for finishing out the summer term as well as starting up in the fall.

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Revision 204 : REV 204

Thursdays at 6:00-8:00pm
09/05/2019 to 09/05/2019
Instructor: Jack Sieber

A comprehensive review of the 204 coursework: ideal for finishing out the summer term as well as preparing for the fall.

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Revision Conjugaison : REV CONJUG

Wednesdays at 6:00-8:00pm
09/04/2019 to 09/04/2019
Instructor: Francine Martinie Chough

Review the lessons of the 5-week summer course or step in for the first time.  Present, past, future tenses and the subjunctive mood are in store for you.

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Régions-Legendes : Régions-Legendes

Wednesdays at 10am-12pm
09/04/2019 to 09/04/2019
Instructor: Marie-Pierre Wolfe

This two-hour workshop will offer you a sneak peek at the full-term fall course : a discovery of France’s literary heritage of myths,  legends and regional history through texts and fables.

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Paris 1900 - Le Train Bleu : Paris 1900 - Le Train Bleu

Thursdays at 10am-12pm
09/05/2019 to 09/05/2019
Instructor: Linda Fuchs

En voiture !  Travel back to Paris in the year 1900 when the Buffet de la Gare de Lyon opened its doors to the glittering restaurant Le Train bleu. This workshop offers a  glimpse of the artwork, décor and signature dishes of the restaurant as well as the history of the iconic Train bleu rail line.

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Paris 1900 - Histoire : Paris 1900 - Histoire

Thursdays at 6:00-8:00pm
09/05/2019 to 09/05/2019
Instructor: Emmanuel Laurin

Stroll the streets of 1900 Paris as you visit the Exposition along the banks of the Seine.  This two-hour workshop will focus on the city at the turn of the century, and its path towards industrialization and socio-economic transformation.

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Paris 1900 – Musique : Paris 1900 – Musique

Tuesdays at 10am-12pm
09/03/2019 to 09/03/2019
Instructor: Eric John Kaiser

Step back into la Belle Epoque with French singer songwriter Eric John Kaiser for an overview of the trends in music at the time of the Paris Exposition.

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Phonétique - Transcription-B : Phonétique - Transcription-B

Fridays at 10am-12pm
09/06/2019 to 09/06/2019
Instructor: Linda Fuchs

Perfect your articulation and speak without an accent!  Practice the most challenging French sounds while studying the International Phonetic Alphabet.

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Phonétique - Transcription-A : Phonétique - Transcription-A

Thursdays at 6:00-8:00pm
09/05/2019 to 09/05/2019
Instructor: Linda Fuchs

Hone your articulation and learn to speak without an accent!  Practice the most challenging French sounds while studying the International Phonetic Alphabet.

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French for Travelers - BEGINNER, Part 2 : FFT A1-A-2

Fridays at 10am-12pm
09/06/2019 to 09/06/2019
Instructor: Julie Nelson

This two-part workshop, taught partly in English, offers a total of  four hours of in-depth preparation for your next visit to a francophone country. Essential vocabulary, travel tips and basic dialogues will help you navigate typical situations:  restaurants, shops, lodging and transportation.

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French for Travelers - BEGINNER, Part 2 : FFT A1-B-2

Fridays at 6:00-8:00pm
09/06/2019 to 09/06/2019
Instructor: Julie Nelson

This two-part workshop, taught partly in English, offers a total of  four hours of in-depth preparation for your next visit to a francophone country. Essential vocabulary, travel tips and basic dialogues will help you navigate typical situations:  restaurants, shops, lodging and transportation.

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French for Travelers - INTERMEDIATE, Part 2 : FFT A2/B1-A-2

Thursdays at 10am-12pm
09/05/2019 to 09/05/2019
Instructor: Julie Nelson

This two-part workshop offers a total of  four hours of in-depth preparation for your next visit to a francophone country.  Essential vocabulary, travel tips and a wide range of dialogues will help you navigate typical situations:  restaurants, shops, lodging , transportation, phone calls  and meeting new people.

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French for Travelers - INTERMEDIATE, Part 2 : FFT A2/B1-B-2

Thursdays at 6:00-8:00pm
09/05/2019 to 09/05/2019
Instructor: Julie Nelson

This two-part workshop offers a total of  four hours of in-depth preparation for your next visit to a francophone country.  Essential vocabulary, travel tips and a wide range of dialogues will help you navigate typical situations:  restaurants, shops, lodging , transportation, phone calls  and meeting new people.

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Subjonctif Bootcamp : Subjonctif Bootcamp

Tuesdays at 10am-12pm
09/03/2019 to 09/03/2019
Instructor: Jack Sieber

Master the subjunctive mood through practice, drill, review and exercises addressing form and context.

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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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