The DELF & DALF

The ALFMED Academy offers its students a preparation towards the French DELF and DALF exams, delivered by the French Ministry of Education. A very good level of French is required, as well as enrollment for two semesters or eight months from September to May.

Students can present these examinations through ALFMED, at the University of Perpignan.

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The DELF

What is the DELF and who takes this exam ?

The DELF (or, “Diplomes d’Etudes en Langue Francaise”) is an exam for the first degree. This exam corresponds to a level of 400 to 450 hours of French coursework. It is intended for students who are at the advanced level who would like to progress in many diverse situations in every day life (social relations, professionals, conversations with native French speakers, comprehension of the media).

The structure of the Exam :

The DELF is presented in four distinct units; independent of one another and calling on diverse competencies.

Unit A1 :
Oral
Exam in three parts:
– directed interview
– exchanging information
– simulated conversation.

Written
Exam in two parts:
– filling in a form
– writing simple sentences (post cards, messages, captions….) about everyday life.

Unit A2 :
Oral
Exam in three parts:
– directed interview
– exchanging information
– simulated conversation.
Written

Writing two short essays (friendly letter or message)

– describing an event or personal experiences
– writing an invitation, thank you letter, apologise, ask, inform, compliment….

Unit B1 :
Oral
Exam in three parts:
– directed interview
– interactive exercise
– expressing a point of view from a triggering document

Written
Expressing a personal behaviour on a general theme ( essay, mail, article….)

Unit A4 :
Oral
Introducing and defending one’s point of view from a short triggering document.

Written
Taking personal and argumented position ( contribuing to debate, formal letter , critical article)

The DaLF

The DALF: why and for whom ?

The DALF (or “Diplome Approfondi en Langue Francaise”) is THE diploma indispensable for students wanting to study in a French University. The candidates must consequently justify an excellent level in French, close to bilingual, since they are normally destined to follow university courses absolutely identical to those taken by native students. They therefore must perfectly master the techniques of summarizing a text, review or analyze a text in accordance with the criteria of national French education.

The DALF is not a national exam

Each exam center, like the University of Perpignan, proposes its own subjects as well as its own sessions.

The DALF: what is it exactly ?

The DALF exam is composed of 4 major units (they may be given in many sessions and in a definitive manner). The different units are determined in the following fashion:

Unit C1 :
Written
Exam in two parts:
– synthesis from several written documents of about 1 000 words each
– argumented essay from the contents of the documents

Oral
Talk about several documents, discussion with the jury

Unit C2 :
Written
Writing a structured text (article, editorial, report, speech…) from a folder of documents of about 2 000 words each

Oral
Exam in three parts:
– reporting the contents of sonorous document (two listenings)
– writing from the problem raised in the personal document
– debate with the jury