DELF is the most popular beginners level French exam taken by non-native French learners around the world. DELF stands for Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française. English translation: Diploma in French Language Studies.
The DELF has 4 independent diplomas, corresponding to the four levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFRL). These levels are DELF A1, DELF A2, DELF B1 and DELF B2. See the table below:
You can take any DELF exam according to your current level of knowledge in French language. Also, you don’t need any specific educational qualification to register for this test, just as in the case of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). It is not necessary to clear every level of DELF exam before moving to a higher level. For example, if you have sufficient knowledge to take the A2 level test, then you don’t have to pass A1 first. This rule is applicable to any level of the DELF diploma exam.
FOUR LEVELS OF DELF EXAMS AT A GLANCE:
DELF A1 is designed to assess your most basic level knowledge of French. At this stage, you should just be able to interact (listen, read, write and speak) in simple ways. You are expected to be able to speak about yourself and your immediate environment such as your family, hometown, education etc.
DELF A2 tests whether you have acquired the basic competency in French as a “social actor”. You will be tested to communicate in simple, routine tasks that require the most common polite phrases and exchanges of information.
DELF B1 tests whether you are capable of being an independent and competent user of French. You will be required to to maintain spoken and written interaction longer than a A1 or A2 level user. As a DELF B1 level user, you will be able to understand and maintain a discussion and give your opinion. You will be capable of dealing with most frequent day-to-day situations likely to arise in life.
You are able to use French with a certain degree of independence at DELF B2 level. You can construct arguments to defend your opinion, explain your viewpoint and negotiate. This level requires from you a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions, and the ability to correct your own mistakes.
This article was written by the French faculty at Nova English & French Campus, Amritsar (Punjab, India). The institute offers various French courses both online and offline.