DELF - DALF
The DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language. They are monitored by the CIEP (Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques).
Those qualifications are composed of 6 independent diplomas consistent with:
the international standards for test development (http://www.alte.org )
the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/cadre_en.asp)
The 6 DELF/ DALF diplomas (levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2) are independent: you register for the exam of your choice, according to your level.
For each DELF/ DALF 4 skills are evaluated: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
WHY TAKE THE DELF AND THE DALF?
They are officially recognized by the French Ministry of Education and the European Consortium for Foreign Languages, and constitute the equivalent of the American TOEFL. People who have passed the DALF (C1 or C2) are exempt from taking language tests for entrance into French universities. In addition, they are recognized and valued by French and European employers. Getting this certification is a proof a success in learning French, an open door to study or work in French speaking countries and certainly a good asset on your resume!
This level recognizes basic knowledge. It is the most basic level at which a language is used, called the “discovery” stage. At this stage, the learner can interact in a simple way: he/she can speak about him/herself and his/her immediate environment.
DELF A2 is based on the same principle: it recognizes the linguistic competency of a basic user, considered as a social actor. The candidate can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring the most common polite phrases and exchanges of information.
At this level, the user becomes independent. He/she can maintain interaction: he/she can understand and maintain a discussion and give his/her opinion. He/she is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life.
A B2 user has a degree of independence that allows him/her to construct arguments to defend his/her opinion, explain his/her viewpoint and negotiate. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting his/her own mistakes.
Language users at level C1 are independent. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously. They have a large vocabulary and can choose the appropriate expression to introduce their comments. They can produce clear, well-structured discourse without hesitation and which shows controlled use of structures.
C2 users' proficiency in the language is illustrated by precision, appropriateness and fluency of expression. C2 candidates are capable of using the language for academic and advanced-level purposes.
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In private lessons we can prepare you for your DELF/ DALF, you can also register for a DELF Prep Class (with max. 4 participants).