The DELF is one of the most recognised French language diplomas in the world. Obtaining the DELF diploma certainly is an advantage when it comes to getting a job with a French company or studying at a French university. But before considering taking this exam, it is strongly recommended to take a preparation course. At International House Nice, our mission is to help you achieve your language goals, and we have extensive experience in preparing our students for this exam.
What is the DELF exam?
The DELF (Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française) is an internationally recognised proficiency exam for the French language. It assesses the linguistic skills of non-native French speakers and is awarded by the French Ministry of Education.
The exam is divided into four levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): A1, A2, B1, and B2, each representing a different level of proficiency.
Here is a breakdown of the DELF levels:
1. DELF A1: This level is for beginners who have a basic understanding of French. It tests fundamental skills like introducing oneself, asking simple questions, and understanding basic written and oral texts.
2. DELF A2: At this level, candidates should have a better grasp of French vocabulary and grammar. The exam focuses on topics like describing experiences, expressing opinions, and understanding more complex texts.
3. DELF B1: B1 is an intermediate level where candidates can express themselves fluently in everyday situations. The exam includes tasks like discussing personal experiences, giving opinions, and understanding more challenging texts.
4. DELF B2: This level demonstrates an advanced level of proficiency. Candidates are expected to have a strong command of French grammar, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions. The exam evaluates skills such as participating in debates, writing essays, and understanding nuanced texts.
If you want to enrol in our preparation course but are unsure of the DELF exam level you should take, we test you before you actually register for the exam so that you can know which level is right for you.The DELF is a diploma, which means that it is valid for life, contrary to other French language tests such as TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français) or TEF (Test d’Evaluation du Français), which only have a validity of two years.
Benefits of our DELF preparation course
Our DELF preparation course consists of group lessons of general French in the morning, Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and two afternoons of one-to-one lessons exclusively focused on DELF from 1:00pm to 2:30pm, typically on Tuesday and Thursday. This format will allow you to improve your general French in the morning with students of the same level, and to focus on the exam in the afternoon with a teacher dedicated to your needs. Several of our teachers are members of the DELF jury and therefore they are highly qualified for preparing our students to take the exam.
The only DELF exam centre in the Alpes-Maritimes region is the Centre International de Valbonne (CIV). You will find the exam session dates on their website. If you wish, our team can take care of registering you for the exam. The price for this service is 130€. For more information, please drop us an email at email@example.com
Here is what our preparation includes
1. Assess your current level: Determine which DELF level suits your current proficiency by taking a test with one of our French teachers.
2. Familiarise yourself with the exam format: Understand the structure of each level, the types of tasks, and the assessment criteria. This will help us develop a targeted study plan for you.
3. Study resources: Use a combination of textbooks, online resources, and practice materials specifically designed for the DELF exam. These resources will help you improve your grammar, vocabulary, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing, and speaking skills.
4. Practice regularly: Our preparation course will allow you to dedicate consistent time to practice each skill. During our classes, you will listen to French podcasts or watch French movies to enhance your listening skills. Our teachers will also make you read excerpts from French books, newspapers, or articles to improve your reading comprehension. You will also practice writing texts or essays and, last but not least, you will have the opportunity to speak with other students of the same level.
5. Take mock exams: During the course, you will take at least one sample test under real exam conditions. This will familiarise you with the time constraints and provide an opportunity to assess your progress. After that, our teachers will provide personalised instruction and feedback on your performance.
Remember that consistent practice, dedication, and exposure to the French language are key to success in the DELF exam. Good luck with your preparation!