DELF and DALF Certification
The Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française (DELF) and the Diplôme d’Approfondissement en Langue Française (DALF) are approved and issued by the French Ministry of Education. They are worldwide recognized diplomas for French as a Foreign Language and valid for life.
DELF Junior has exactly the same value as the normal DELF. The same 4 levels are available: A1, A2, B1 and B2.
The only difference is the topic of the exams: all the exercises, written and oral, are adapted to teenagers’ interests. For example you will not find an oral exercise simulating a job interview, but rather a dialogue between two people concerning a party or an invitation to go out.
Who for? What for?
They are available for all non-French citizens who wish to prove their French language skills.
No need to be an FNCC student to register. It is open to everybody!
When you pass, you obtain an internationally recognized diploma that evaluates your skills in French and allows you to enhance your curriculum vitae.
Holders of the DELF B2 and DALF diplomas are exempted from language entrance examinations in French universities.
What are the levels?
Each diploma corresponds to one of the 6 levels of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:
DELF A1, A2, B1, B2, DALF C1, C2
Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are tested at all levels. Candidates register for a specific level.
When are the Exams?
Levels A1, A2 and C1: 16 September 2017
Levels B1, B2 and C2: 23 September 2017
Registration: 3 July to 8 September at the FNCC Reception
Breakthrough: Can understand and use familiar expressions and very basic phrases. Can introduce himself/herself and others. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly.
Waystage: Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions. Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information. Can describe in simple terms the immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Threshold: Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar. Can describe experiences and events, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Vantage: Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue.
Effectiveness: . Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Mastery: Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.