What is the DELF?
The Diplôme d’études en langue Française (DELF) is an internationally recognized proficiency exam from France. It is based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which defines language proficiency along six global levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. At each level, proficiency is measured across four competencies: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The French Ministry of National Education awards a diploma to successful candidates.
The DELF in Upper Grand schools
In the UGDSB, we value second language learning and want to encourage students to continue their French studies to Grade 12. It is known that second language learning increases mental flexibility and improves problem-solving skills. Learning a second language is a lifelong process that develops pride, a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence.
Twice a year, the UGDSB offers students the opportunity to participate in the DELF. Students are eligible during the semester in which they are enrolled in a Grade 12 FSL course. The UGDSB offers students a choice of three test levels: A2, B1 or B2. Students should choose their level with the help of their FSL teacher.
The DELF is an optional opportunity and it is up to the student to prepare for the examination through individual daily practice.
Why should your child take the DELF scolaire examination?
The DELF examinations are an opportunity for high school students to demonstrate their French-language skills and to be rewarded for their hard work at school. The DELF examinations are recognized around the world. In addition to personal satisfaction, the DELF represents official proof of your child’s French-language skills in a way that Francophone universities, French grandes écoles, and future employers can appreciate.
Students who successfully challenge the DELF will have:
- recognition of their proficiency in French in oral communication, listening, reading and writing
- a document for their resume or portfolio
- a certified language assessment for acceptance into a French University
- travel, job and educational opportunities
- pride of accomplishment
The DELF has four components which are completed in two separate blocks:
- A written exam which includes oral and written comprehension and written expression
- An oral interview which includes production and interaction
Each competency area is evaluated individually by a team of teachers who are trained DELF examiners who volunteer their time on the day of testing. Successful candidates must receive a score greater than 5% in each category, with an overall score of 50%. Evaluation is according to international standards set by the Centre International des études pédagogiques.
Registration for the DELF is done online. Registration is limited and restricted to students in their final Grade 12 French course. Payment is required in order to complete the registration.
Preparing for the DELF
Preparation for the test is the responsibility of the student. The DELF is an optional activity and is not part of the curriculum. Students can access online practice tests and samples of what to expect in each competency area at the websites below:
- Sample subjects: https://delf-dalf.ambafrance-ca.org/sample-subjects
- DELF au Canada: https://delf-dalf.ambafrance-ca.org/
- DELF Scolaire: https://delf-dalf.ambafrance-ca.org/delf-schools-junior