French national diplomas: introducing the DELF and DALF

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. DELF and DALF are composed of 6 independent diplomas that correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


 

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A1

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basic

A2

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B1

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independent

B2

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C1

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proficient

C2

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There is also a specially adapted version of the DELF diplomas for teenagers.


 

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A1

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basic

A2

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B1

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independent

B2

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The examinations can be taken in 900 approved examination centres in 154 countries, including France.

The DELF and DALF qualifications are consistent with:
- international standards for test development
- the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (www.coe.int)

The DELF and DALF qualifications are under the authority of the Commission Nationale du DELF et du DALF [National Commission for DELF and DALF] whose headquarters are at the CIEP.

The 6 diplomas that make up DELF and DALF are completely independent. This means that candidates can register for the examination of their choice, according to their level.

At each level,skills are evaluated: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

DELF, diplôme d’études en langue française

DELF A1
This level recognises 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
DELF A2 is based on the same principle: it recognises 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.

DELF B1
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.

DELF B2
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.

DELF, junior version

The junior version of DELF has the same basic structure as the standard DELF. Only the topics are different: the materials take into account the interests of young people.

It can only be taken by children of secondary-level age. The diploma awarded is identical to the standard DELF diploma.

The examinations are independent, and candidates can register for the examination of their choice. Each examination evaluates the four communication skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking.

DALF, diplôme approfondi de langue française

DALF C1
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.

DALF C2
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.

People who have passed the DALF (C1 or C2) are exempt from taking language tests for entrance into French universities.

NB In Australia the DELF and the DALF can be prepared at the Alliance Française in each of the capital cities (plus Hobart, Albury and Wagga Wagga). For information about sessions, prices, and how to enroll, please contact the nearest Alliance Française.

Dernière modification : 26/03/2014

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