DELF

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The DELF scolaire is a diploma issued by the French Ministry of National Education in recognition of French-language studies. These diplomas are recognized around the world.

The CIEP (Centre international d’études pédagogiques) is the public organization appointed by France’s Ministry of National Education to oversee the pedagogical and administrative aspects of the examination.

Chart showing four levels of DELF assessment

The DELF scolaire examinations assess students at four levels (A1, A2, B1, B2), which correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Your child’s French teacher will help to choose the diploma that best suits the student’s skill level.

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, and your child will receive a diploma valid for the rest of his or her life!

Graphic that says Oui Je Parle Francais

Beyond just 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:

  • life-long certification
  • recognition of their proficiency in French
  • a document for their resume or portfolio
  • a description of what they can do in oral communication, listening, reading and writing in French
  • a certified language assessment for acceptance into a French University
  • travel, job and educational opportunities

The DELF in Upper Grand schools

In February 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Education released A Framework for French as a Second Language, K–12. This framework articulates three provincial goals for FSL, the first of which is to increase student confidence, proficiency and achievement in FSL. This goal reminds us how important it is that students have confidence in their ability to use their French skills effectively.

Starting last year, the DELF is now offered locally to high school grade 12 students. Challenging the DELF offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their competencies in the French language.

For more information about the DELF, including examples of various levels of the exam, please visit www.ciep.fr/delf-scolaire/exemples-de-sujets-delf-scolaire.php and http://delf-dalf.ambafrance-ca.org/en/bienvenue-sur-le-site-delf-dalf-du-canada-2/delf-for-schools-junior. If you have further questions, contact your child’s French teacher.

The day of the exam … your child will take two types of tests:

A group test

  • Graphic of headphones   Oral comprehension: students answer questions related to audio documents.
  • Graphic of a book   Written comprehension: students answer questions related to written documents, such as articles and advertisements.
  • Graphic of a pencil   Written production: students write a letter or a message or respond to a letter.

An individual test

  • Graphic of Speech bubbles   Oral production and interaction: your child must interact with an examiner.

Each exercise that your child completes will be based on a real situation. The DELF diplomas evaluate a student’s ability to communicate, both orally and verbally, with actual Francophones. The tests are adapted to the teenage lifestyle and correspond to the interest of teens.

Each of the diploma’s four parts is graded out of 25 points. A total of 50 points out of 100 means your child has earned the DELF.