DELF and DALF: internationally recognized French language proficiency certifications with lifelong validity
- DELF and DALF are official certifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify proficiency in the French language of non-native speakers of French. The certificates are internationally recognized and often used by foreign ministries of education (Ministry of Human Resource Development in India) to assess the linguistic skills in the French language.
- They are composed of 6 independent diplomas that correspond to the levels of language proficiency of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). The 6 certifications are completely independent i.e., 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.
What are the different levels of certification?
DELF A1: Breakthrough or beginner
DELF A2: Waystage or elementary
DELF B1: Threshold or intermediate
DELF B2: Vantage or upper intermediate
DALF C1: Effective Operational Proficiency or Advanced
DALF C2: Mastery or proficiency
Four exams are proposed to the French-speaking people:
Diplômed’études en langue française, DELF (for all age groups)
Diplômeapprofondi en langue française, DALF (for all age groups)
Diplômed’études en langue française for teenagers, DELF JUNIOR
Diplômed’études en langue française for children (aged 8 to 12), DELF PRIM
Diplômed’études en langue française for professionals, DELF PRO
For more information: http://www.ciep.fr/en/delfdalf/index.php
Other examinations and tests proposed by us are:
Diplômes de françaisprofessionnel (DFP) and Test d’Evaluation de français (TEF) (admininstrered, organised and monitored by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris)
Test de Connaissance de français (TCF) (admininstrered, organised and monitored by the CIEP)
DELF Tous Publics (adults) and DALF
DELF / DALF Tous Publicsis designed for adults who wish or need to receive official certification of their French second language proficiency.
Where can one take these exams?
In order respond to the increasing demand, the Institutfrançais en Inde coordinates DELF and DALF exams, along with the network of the Alliances Françaises in India.
In addition to the Alliance network the DELF DALF exam can be taken in Lucknow (U.P.) at I.T.S.(Instituteof Tourism Studies).
Also, in New Delhi/NCR students of Delhi Public School can take the DELF Junior exams at DPS (Delhi Public School) Mathura Road and DPS Noida.