DELF Examinations and Diplomas for Grade 12 Students
WHAT IS DELF?
The DELF is a diploma issued by France’s Ministry of National Education that officially certifies the French language abilities of non-native speakers. The diploma is earned by successfully challenging one of the four DELF levels. The diploma is valid for life and is recognized internationally.
The DELF levels are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Ontario’s, French as a Second Language Curriculum aligns with the expectations in this framework.
DSBN students in grade 12 are given the opportunity to challenge the DELF at the following levels:
Evaluations occur in November and April of each year. For optimal results, we recommend that students challenge the DELF in the semester that they are enrolled in either FIF 4U or FSF 4U. Students who participate in DSBN French Immersion and Core French programs until graduation naturally prepare themselves to challenge the DELF at a higher level. Success in our DSBN French programming and a DELF certification are both valued accomplishments that are useful to students’ academic, cultural and professional goals.
WHAT DOES THE DELF TESTING LOOK LIKE?
The DELF evaluations are opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in the same four components as our Ontario FSL Curriculum: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
There are 4 components to the DELF testing for each level:
Component 1: ORAL COMPREHENSION: Students will demonstrate their ability to comprehend authentic conversations and productions of French.
Component 2: WRITTEN COMPREHENSION: Students will demonstrate their ability to comprehend and interpret authentic texts in French.
Component 3: WRITTEN PRODUCTION: Students will demonstrate their ability to express themselves in French for a specific purpose and audience.
Component 4: ORAL PRODUCTION: Students will demonstrate their ability to interact spontaneously and conduct themselves in an interview-setting with 2 DELF qualified evaluators.
Each component is evaluated out of 25 points. Students must achieve a minimum of 5 out of 25 points on each component, with a total of 50 out of 100 points to earn certification in their pre-selected DELF level.
GRADE 12 REGISTRATION AND TESTING INFORMATION:
1. French teachers will notify students of upcoming testing and will provide students with information regarding registration
2. French teachers will help students choose the diploma that best suits their skill level.
3. Students will adhere to the deadlines required for registration. Testing occurs at a central site. Students must complete their testing on the dates given as per France’s Ministry of National Education.
Due to the continuing pandemic, we are unable to run DELF testing for the 2021-21 school year.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING DELF TESTING, PLEASE REACH OUT TO YOUR FRENCH TEACHER FOR SUPPORT.