Monday, October 15, 2012

DELF and DALF in November

The French Program at La Trobe encourages all students to register for this exam in their third/final year. That's DELF B1 for beginners, B2 for advanced or even DALF C1 if you’ve spent one year on exchange. It’s a great investment for your education and professional mobility.

The DELF and DALF French exams are designed to assess the communicative skills of a candidate in a real-life situation using authentic documents and to evaluate know-how (writing a letter, asking for information, exchanging opinions) rather than the linguistic and formal grammatical knowledge.

Issued by the French Ministry of Education, the six diplomas (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2) 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, four skills are evaluated: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The DELF exams are divided into two parts: a written exam (to assess listening, reading and writing) and a one-on-one exam assessing speaking and interacting in French.

So, why take the DELF exam? Today French is an official language in almost fifty countries, including Canada. It is spoken by more than 200 million people on five continents. It is also an official language of the United Nations, the Red Cross and many other international organizations.

The DELF and DALF diplomas:
  • are an international recognition of French proficiency;
  • are a life-long certification;
  • are a testimonial to a student's success in learning French: they recognize the student's accomplishments in French proficiency;
  • offer advantages for post-secondary education: they are recognized internationally by Francophone post-secondary institutions;
  • are accepted in universities in France (B2 or higher level);
  • enhance a student's resume: they describe in meaningful terms what the student is capable of doing in French;
  • open doors to a wide range of career and recreational opportunities throughout the world;
  • support career advancement.
Each diploma is internationally recognized and valid for life. Note that the DELF B2 and DALF C1 allow foreign students to validate admission into a French university.

For further information, visit In order to register, please email Marion Nouvel at

You can also find the schedule on la brochure concerning the DELF and DALF exams, and if you think you can pass it, you can download la fiche d'inscription

May the force be with you!

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