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DELF – Diplôme D’études en Langue Française

Frequently Asked Questions – DELF (French Diploma) at CDSBEO

What is the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) – Diploma of French as a Second Language Studies?

DELF is an official diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education in France and is recognized throughout Canada and in all European countries. It is to certify that the French as a second language candidate has achieved a certain level of French in all 4 areas of the Ontario Curriculum (Listening – Speaking -Reading -Writing) after completing a DELF Test.  Participation is on a voluntary basis and the diploma is valid for life.

Who can challenge the DELF diploma?

All grade 12 students who are taking an FSL course can challenge a level of proficiency of the DELF.  The DELF scolaire offers students a choice of four proficiency levels: A1, A2, B1, B2.  The choice of level of proficiency is determined in consultation with your child’s FSL teacher.

Why take the DELF exams?

Approved by a team of psychometricians specializing in evaluation, the DELF examinations are recognized around the world and they can add extra value to your resume. They are often used by administrative bodies, employers, and educational institutions.

How many students took the DELF test in Canada?

In Canada, more than 35,000 Canadians have taken DELF exams over the past few years. As a result, the DELF examinations are becoming more well-known and receiving greater recognition from administrative organizations, employers, and educational institutions.

What are the advantages to take the DELF test?

DELF diplomas open doors at universities in Canada, France and at a growing number of European and Francophone universities. Students who have earned a DELF B2 will be exempted from the language test requirements for registration in French universities.

When and where is the DELF test offered at CDSBEO?

The DELF test is offered twice a year at CDSBEO, usually in the Spring. One examination session is offered in the Eastern part of the board and another one is offered in the Western part of the board.

What is the cost to take the DELF test at CDSBEO?

The DELF diploma is offered at no cost for our grade 12 students taking an FSL course in one of our secondary school.

How can a student register for the DELF exam?

The grade 12 FSL student must submit their name to their Grade 12 French teacher.

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FSL Programs
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
2755 Highway 43, Kemptville ON K0G 1J0
telephone: 613-258-7757 or 1-800-443-4562
fax: 613-258-7134
email: programs@cdsbeo.on.ca