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What is DELF?

The Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) (English: Diploma in French Studies) is a certification of French-language abilities for non-native speakers of French administered by the International Centre for French Studies (Centre international d'études pédagogiques, or CIEP) for France's Ministry of Education.

The DELF is composed of four individual certificates that have been harmonized with the European standards corresponding to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECRL).
Each examination evaluates the four communication skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking.  An average grade of 50 out of 100 points for each part of the exam is required to obtain the DELF B2 diploma.

DELF B2: The B2 user has a degree of independence that allows him/her to construct arguments to defend his/her opinion, explain his/her viewpoint and negotiate. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting his/her own mistakes.

Why take a DELF B2 exam?

Today French is an official language in almost 50 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.

International recognition of French proficiency:

  • Life-long certification, whether obtained in the candidate`s country or another country.
  • Based on the same international standard used in 164 countries (CEFR).
  • Facilitates interprovincial dialogue across Canada.

A testimonial to one’s success in learning French:

  • Recognition of the candidate`s accomplishments to date on the path to French proficiency.
  • Represents an official document, recognized internationally, that enriches the candidate`s school or professional portfolio.

Advantages for postsecondary education:

  • Recognized internationally by francophone postsecondary institutions, including a growing number in Canada.
  • Acceptance into a university in France (B2 or higher level).

Enhances one’s resume:

  • A description in meaningful terms what the candidate is capable of doing in French.
  • Helps to open doors to a wide range of career and recreational opportunities throughout Canada and around the world.
  • An aid for professional advancement.

Target audience: Grade 12 French Immersion students
The date of the examination: Monday, April 7th, 2014
Deadline for registration: Monday, March 17, 2014
The price to pass the examination: $120.00
For detailed information, visit the CIEP website (Centre International d'Études Pédagogiques) or contact M. Bernier in room 353.



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