DELF and DALF - diplomas awarded by the French Ministry of National Education
The French Ministry of National Education awards two diplomas:
- DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes de Langue Française)
- DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)
The exams take place both in France and abroad. For details contact your nearest French consulate or see:List of centres outside France / List of centres in France. (both links lead to external sites).
Diplôme d’Etudes de Langue Française (D.E.L.F.)
The DELF is divided into two levels:
• Level 1 - containing four units (A1 to A4)
• Level 2 - containing two units (A5 to A6).
Units can be taken individually in any order, and once passed, a credit is given which remains valid indefinitely. Each unit costs approx. 46 €.
The Level 2 DELF is only open to candidates who have passed Level 1.
• Candidates who obtain the DELF level I should be able to understand and make themselves understood in a wide variety of everyday situations in a French-speaking environment.
• Candidates with the DELF level II will be able to operate in a more specialised area of interest (eg. economics or another academic domain).
Unit Objectives and Exam Contents
Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF)
The DALF is made up of four units (B1 to B4). As with the DELF, credit units are permanently valid. Candidates are expected to demonstrate their ability to use French in both general and specialist contexts. However, whilst candidates are expected to engage in a fairly technical discussion of their chosen field, the test is one of language and not of specialist knowledge.
In order to sit the DALF exams, candidates must have a level II DELF or (in the U.K.) a pass at French GCE ‘A’ level. (For other recognised awards, contact your local consulate.). It is also possible to take a DALF access test. • Candidates who pass the DALF are deemed to be exempt from the language requirement for entry to French universities and to be able to follow a course in their chosen field.
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