DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are the two diplomas for French as a foreign language. These are issued by the Education Ministry of France. They have a lifetime validity and are recognized all across the globe. They allow you to officially validate your French proficiency. These diplomas constitute a recognition of your school, university and/or professional background in French language. Moreover, DELF and DALF examinations allow you to study, work and immigrate in a Francophone country.
- DELF is meant for French learners (18- 77+ years of age) who aim to validate officially & sustainably their learning of the French language. It is divided into 4 levels: A1, A2, B1 and B2. Each level has 4 modules: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.
- DALF is targeting adults either at university or working. DALF is divided into 2 levels: C1 and C2. These are the 2 highest levels. DALF C1 and C2 form the best diplomas of French language. The acquisition of a DALF is proof that one masters French learning.
FRENCH EXAMS: TEF CANADA/ TCF CANADA
1. TEF Canada: For immigration and citizenship application procedures, the Federal Government of Canada requires proof of the applicants’ linguistic knowledge of French. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has recognized the TEF for these purposes since 2002. This certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of the test and provides points for immigration to Canada. The TEF format that applies to these procedures is TEF Canada. The exam has 4 modules: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. The TEF is officially recognized by :
- – the French Ministry of Education
- – the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
- – the French Ministry of the Interior
- – the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada
- – the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration
- – the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration
2. TCF Canada: The “test de connaissance du français” for Canada, (“TCF Canada”), is a test of proficiency in French language. It meets the standards of Immigration, Refugees, & Citizenship Canada (IRCC). TCF Canada results are valid for economic immigration and for obtaining Canadian citizenship. The TCF Canada has four compulsory modules. It assesses the candidate’s general French language proficiency in listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and writing. It has 39 multiple choice questions for listening comprehension; 39 multiple choice questions for the reading comprehension (with only one correct answer); 3 tasks for speaking, planned as per a
progressively increasing level of difficulty; and 3 tasks for writing, also with a progressively increasing level of difficulty. The levels correspond to the benchmarks defined by the European Framework for Language Learning, Teaching and Evaluation and the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). Once the results from the test have been calculated, a certificate with the official results is issued to the candidate.
CERTIFICATION FOR FRENCH EXAMS
The French Ministry of Education, The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, The French Ministry of the Interior, The Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada, The Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration and The Swiss State Secretariat for Migration are the only authorities to provide certificates for French proficiency (DELF/ DALF/ TEF/ TCF).
If you wish to obtain a proficiency certificate for any level, you’re required to qualify the exam for that particular level conducted by the Education Ministry of France. Your instructor at LingoRelic shall be responsible to inform you about your course progress and shall guide you at the time of getting yourself registered for the exam. The exam
dates & fees for each level vary and once you inform your instructor about your interest in taking an exam, you’ll receive all the relevant information from their end.