What are French DELF exam and French DALF exam?
and… why is the French Delf Exam so important?
English is no longer seen as an additional qualification, but as language that you “HAVE” to know. French is the “extra” to differentiate yourself from the competition.
It is also a “bridge” language with some other languages such as Latin, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. French is also a major working language in the EU
The French Delf Exam (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française which stands for the French Delf A1, Delf A2, Delf B1 and Delf B2). The French DALF (Diplôme Approfondi en Langue Française) stands for the C1 and C2 French level. Both French DELF and DALF were created in 1985 and are awarded by the “Ministère de l’Education Nationale”.
This French language diplomas are recognized throughout the world.
You can get them in more than 125 countries. They are developed by the French “Centre International des Etudes Pédagogiques (C.I.E.P.)” on behalf of the French Ministry of Education.
Why should I Pass the DELF Exam?
Firstly, The DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) is an Internationally Recognized Language Diploma that all students can acquire (if not French).
The exam takes place at the Institut Français, in the Alliance Française, or at a commissioned secondary school.
Secondly, the DELF/DALF degree brings you closer to the French-speaking job market (here a link to find some work in France) as well as the opportunity to study in a French-speaking country.
You can also demonstrate clearly defined and recognized language skills with the DELF diploma, while the degree of French from the ninth-grade certificate is often not very significant abroad.
The diploma can therefore be useful to you around the world in many situations where knowledge of French is required:
- during studies,
- when looking for an internship
- and at work.
Additionally, the progressive harmonization of educational qualifications is facilitating training and study in other European countries as well.
The French Delf and French Dalf exam description
The DELF exam have different levels (A1, A2, B1, B2) that correspond to the corresponding levels of the “Common European Framework of Reference”.
You will receive your own certificate for each midterm exam. The tests are carried out in:
- and writing.
With the DELF in their pocket, the student can demonstrate the progress of their language skills; the level of knowledge becomes comparable. You also get to know a real exam situation at an early stage when you study the DELF preparation.
DELF exams have been adapted to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The CEFR levels are divided like this:
- A1, A2 (general use of language) DELF A1 Course
- B1, B2 (independent use of language) DELF B2 Course
- C1, C2 (proficient use of language)
The new structure states that a separate diploma is acquired with each DELF exam. Each of these diploma exams examines the oral and written skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Indeed, in Our Courses, you can find in detail DELF examples with listening comprehension and sample tasks.
Delf Correction process
The correction of the exams is carried out by the French cultural institutes in accordance with the regulations of the French authorities.