Get Ready for the French DELF Reading Exam
Are you ready for the French DELF Reading Exam?
There’s another method that will bring you the next level which is reading.
If you love to learn a new language by devouring the written words, the reading section in the DELF exam might make you smile brightly.
Tips & Tricks
In this post, I will share the tips with you on how to be prepared on French DELF Exam for reading part.
For some student, French written text might seem as tricky as daunting at first.
But with the right technique and preparation, you too will pass the exam at the first attempt.
Generally, we know that reading is the road to expand your vocabulary and gain some knowledge.
Reading in a foreign language will allow you to smoothly understand and remember new words and grammatical rules. Just like reading in an your native language, it also enables you to reinforce your memory (as stated in Brainscape.com.)
In the reading test, you will need to determine the author’s purpose, the main idea or message in a simple text. Besides, you will need to interpret and analyse the information from different sources of texts.
If you are really willing to pass the DELF exam reading part on the first strike, you have to read a lot before the exam.
Daily practice French reading
According to author E. D. Hirsch, Jr., the useful way to indirect preparation for a reading test is by becoming a good reader of a broad range of texts and general knowledge.
There are a variety of sources to read. You can try to read the French materials as below:
- Children’s books
- Short stories
- French Ads
- Every day dialogues.
If you are looking for something that opens a window into the French culture, you can always opt for short articles about culture, travel and information about life in France as the Chinese proverb goes on to say, “To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.”
Furthermore, you also can subscribe and stay informed with French news from your inbox. The most common DELF topics are:
- and political.
For the starting point, I suggest that you need to choose the light readings that might interest you on a topic that you will enjoy. Do not choose something more difficult and advanced level if you are a novice.
The easier and interesting reading resources will help you to remain focused, engaged and stay motivated to sharpen your French reading skills.
Tips to Score on French DELF Reading Exam
You will meet numerous texts in this test which you have to read carefully. Then respond to the questions by selecting the best answer to each question.
Here are some helpful ways to enhance your comprehension in French reading for DELF exam:
Frankly speaking, sometimes the French DELF Reading Exam may be quite intimidating at first for some students because they face so many unknown words and expressions.
The tips for the beginning are scanning the title, picture, and text to help you get an idea of matters to be discussed.
Another good strategy is to read through the questions first and highlight key phrases before reading the whole text more carefully.
During reading the text
The important thing in reading the text is you need to discover and understand the author’s main point. Understanding the context which the author tries to make, will help you to answer the questions later on.
Therefore, pay enough attention to the first paragraph to get the substance of what the author is going to discuss.
As you read each paragraph, learn what is it about in broadest terms, highlighting the key points and make a brief note about that.
Rereading the sentences and words is very helpful as sometimes it can clarify a confusion especially at the difficult parts.
If you find some words that you don’t understand, reread the entire sentences to get the gist of the text. Using the context clues also can help you to guess about the meaning of a new word.
Special trick: Some words are NOT written the same way in English and French BUT they may SOUND similar. A good thing to guess the meaning of a word is to read it out (in a low voice because you are at an exam) and try to guess the meaning that way.
Mock Test for the DELF Reading Exam
As a preparation for the French DELF Reading exam, you can practice by using the sample exam papers. In DelfSchool.com, we provide the sample papers and quizzes to improve quickly included in the online courses specifically for French beginners and French intermediate level.
You too should be ready for the exam by doing the mock test with the timer to get familiar with the real situation.
The self-assessment is also essential to know how much you are learning and to track the progress until the exam day!
You Are Not Alone
You have to select what learning styles would work for you. If you face some difficulties in self-learning path, I’m here to help. I’ll guide you to reach your goal and score the DELF exam. Check out my French online courses here!
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