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DELF AND DALF

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DELF tout public

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 is composed of 4 independent diplomas that correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (link is external). The examinations can be taken in 1 186 approved examination centres in 173 countries, including France. The DELF and DALF qualifications are consistent with:

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, 4 skills are evaluated: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Examinations

All of the examinations have been designed to reflect the principle of action used by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which defines users of a language as social actors who have tasks to perform (that are not only linguistic) in given circumstances, in a given environment and within a specific area of action, which may be personal, public, academic or professional.

These examinations are based on the knowledge, expertise, interpersonal skills and learning skills that are part of the ability to communicate by way of language at linguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic level. This ability can be used when performing varied language activities in comprehension, expression, interaction and mediation.

The examinations were therefore created to include the four skills at every level, with varying degrees of interaction and mediation required depending on the level. A mark of at least 50/100 is required in order to be awarded the diploma.

It must be remembered that neither the linguistic competency nor the adequacy of communication of spoken and written language can ever be evaluated in absolute terms. Rather, the minimum requirements for each level are different, and candidates cannot be penalised for not having knowledge that will come from future learning. The National Commission has created a short description of the expected content (expertise and morphosyntactic content). If you would like more information, please see the “reference levels for national and regional languages”.

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.

Type of tests: B2

Duration

Mark out of

Listening
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with three recordings:
– interview, news bulletin etc (played once)
– presentation, lecture, speech, documentary, radio or television programme (played twice).
Maximum duration of recordings: 8 mins
Approximately
30 minutes
/ 25
Reading
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with two written documents:
– text of an informational nature regarding France or the French-speaking world
– text of an argumentative nature
1 h / 25
Writing
Taking a personal stand (contributing to a debate, formal letter, review of a film/book)
1 h / 25
Speaking
Stating and defending an opinion based on a short document designed to elicit a reaction.
Approximately
20 minutes
preparation: 0 h 30
/ 25

Total duration of all tests: 2 h 30
* Total mark out of 100.
* Overall pass mark: 50/100
* Pass mark per test: 5/25

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. DALF is composed of 2 independent diplomas that correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (link is external).

The examinations can be taken in 1 186 approved examination centres in 173 countries, including France.

The DELF and DALF qualifications are consistent with:

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, 4 skills are evaluated: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

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.

Type of tests: C1

Duration

Mark out of

Listening
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with recordings:
– a long recording (interview, lesson, conference…) approximately eight minutes long (played twice)
– several short radio broadcasts (newsflashes, surveys, adverts etc) (played once).
Maximum duration of recordings: 10 mins
Approximately
40 minutes
/ 25
Reading
Comprehension questionnaires dealing with a text of ideas (literary or journalistic), 1,500 to 2,000 words long.
0 h 50 / 25
Writing
Two part test:
– Summarise several written documents totalling approximately 1,000 words
– write an essay with supporting arguments on the contents of the documents
Candidate can choose between two fields: humanities and social studies, science
2 h 30 / 25
Speaking
A presentation based on a series of written documents, followed by a discussion with the examiners.
Candidates can choose between two fields: humanities and social studies, science
0 h 30
preparation: 1 h
/ 25

Total duration of all tests: 4 h
* Total mark out of 100.
* Overall pass mark: 50/100
* Pass mark per test: 5/25

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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.

Type of tests: C2

Duration

Mark out of

Listening and Speakings
Three part test:
– write-up the contents of a recording (played twice)
– personal development based on the problem given in the recording
– debate with the examiners.
Candidates can choose between two fields: humanities and social studies, science
passation: 0 h 30
preparation: 1 h
/ 50
Compréhension et Writings
Writing a structured text (article, editorial, report, speech etc) based on several documents totalling approximately 2,000 words.
Candidates can choose between two fields: humanities and social studies, science
3 h 30 / 50

Total duration of all tests: 3 h 30

DELF PRO

The DELF Pro (Order of 10 July 2009) is the professional version of the DELF national qualifications in French as a Foreign Language, administered by the French Ministry of Education.

The DELF Pro is designed for candidates seeking initial employment opportunities or promotion within a French-speaking work environment. All candidates are welcome to apply, whether in initial training or continuing education.

The DELF Pro assesses the communication skills needed for all aspects of professional life today. The examination topics are based on the world of work.

The DELF Pro comprises 4 self-standing qualifications, corresponding to the first four levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). There are no entry requirements: candidates can take the examination at the level of their choosing.

DELF Pro B2

Contexte professionnel : Coordonner des projets professionnels. Votre entreprise vous confie des responsabilités. Vous pilotez différents projets. Vous prenez des décisions et en faites part à vos interlocuteurs.

Nature des épreuves : B2 Durée Note sur
Compréhension de l’oral
Réponse à des questionnaires de compréhension portant sur deux documents enregistrés ayant trait à des situations courantes de la vie professionnelle :
–  exposé, conférence, discours, documentaire, émission de radio ou télévisée (deux écoutes)
–  interview, bulletin d’information etc…. (une seule écoute).
   Durée maximale des documents : 8 minutes
30 minutes environ / 25
Compréhension des écrits
Réponse à des questionnaires de compréhension portant sur deux documents écrits ayant trait à des situations courantes en milieu professionnel :
–  texte à caractère informatif
–  texte à caractère argumentatif.
1 heure / 25
Production écrite
Prise de position personnelle argumentée (contribution à un débat, lettre formelle, article critique, etc.).
1 heure / 25

  Durée totale des épreuves collectives : 2 heures 30

Epreuve individuelle Durée Note sur
Production et interaction orales
Présentation et défense d’un point de vue, à partir d’un court document déclencheur.
20 minutes
Préparation : 30 minutes
/ 25
Seuil de réussite pour l’obtention du diplôme B2 : 50 /100
Note minimale requise par épreuve : 5 / 25
Note totale sur / 100

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