A new website dedicated to the DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française)
and DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française) diplomas in Canada has been
To provide information about the DELF-DALF in Canada, the DELF-DALF Management Centre in Canada (Cultural Service of the French Embassy) created a new website.
Created, in part, with contributions from Canadian experts, this website offers:
1/ Tools for the general public and for French-language academic professionals:
– Examples of oral and written content produced by students, organized by level (beginner to advanced);
– Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) resources;
– Testimonials from students and experts;
– A link to an online language-level placement test;
– Press articles;
– Information about preparatory guides and workbooks; and
– An overview of different partners dedicated to French as a Second Language education.
2/ Information about the DELF and DALF in Canada:
– An interactive map of exam centres across Canada;
– Information about exam sessions;
– An overview of the various versions of the DELF-DALF; and
– Downloadable sample exams.
The DELF-DALF are a set of six independent diplomas issued by the French Ministry for National Education that recognize the French-language skills of people whose first language is not French. These diplomas were developed by the Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP), a public operator for the French Ministry of Education.
Recognized and used by employers, administrators, and educational institutions around the world, the DELF-DALF diplomas are harmonized with the six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). The CEFRL is an international reference framework adopted by the European Union and by other countries around the world. It allows for standardized evaluation of language skills in a person’s non-native language. In pedagogical terms, the CEFRL is based on teaching practices that allow the learner to organize his or her own learning, with activities designed to promote mastery of four key skills: oral comprehension, oral expression, written comprehension, and written expression.
There are different versions of the DELF-DALF examinations: DELF Prim for students aged 6-12, DELF Junior and DELF for Schools for students aged 12-18, DELF for adults and DALF for advanced learners, and DELF Pro for professionals.
There are currently 26 examination centres in Canada. 6,200 Canadians took these exams in 2013, 85% of whom took the DELF for Schools or DELF Junior.
In addition, an interface reserved for professional use (available mid-2014) will be offering discussion forums and practical information regarding management of and contact between examination centres.