Internationally recognized DELF diplomas and TCF tests decoded
Thanks to the SLI, applications are now open for DELF Prim and DELF Tout Public in Miami.
e-Toile: Dear Morgane, hello! You are the program coordinator of the Strategic Language Institute (SLI) at the Florida International University (FIU). What are your missions at the institute?
Morgane Fournié : Hello and thank you for your time and interest!
As the program coordinator of SLI, I’m in charge of the daily operations of the institute as well as the organization of our classes for business and professional development (English, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish). I’m also in charge of the examination center for the DELF exams and the TCF tests.
e-Toile: Recently, the Language Institute gave the opportunities to take the diploma called DELF. Can you tell our readers what is the French Language Studies Diploma (DELF which stands for "Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française" ) as well as its close ally the DALF?
Morgane Fournié : Of course! The "Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française", or DELF, is an official diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research to certify a candidate’s proficiency in the French language. It is internationally recognized and can be used, for instance, to apply to Francophone universities and French programs. It can be compared to the Cambridge English proficiency examination since candidates take all parts of the exam in one level that they chose.
The four language competencies are part of the DELF: oral and written comprehension and oral and written expression. There are four existing levels for the DELF:
- A1, beginner level;
- A2, elementary level.
- B1, intermediate level;
- B2, upper-intermediate.
The Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française, or DALF (not offered at SLI), is the continuation of the DELF. It follows the same pattern and offers the two superior levels:
- C1, advanced level;
- C2, mastery level.
These levels are defined and described by the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CECRL).
e-Toile: Who can take the DALF and DELF and at what age?
Morgane Fournié : Everyone! Six years old is the minimum age required to start taking the DELF. There are four different versions of the DELF so that everyone can find what they need according to their age and occupation:
- The DELF Prim, for kids from 6 to 11 years old (elementary school);
- The DELF Junior, for kids from 12 to 18 years old (middle-school and high-school);
- The DELF Tout Public, for 16 year-olds and more;
- The DELF Pro, for professionals 18 years old and more.
e-Toile: What are the registration details and the dates of the upcoming exams?
Morgane Fournié : Anyone interested can contact directly the SLI or check our website. Registrations are normally made through email as I need information to proceed to the registration on the software (first name, last name, date of birth, etc.) The payment can be made online on our website.
We have two sessions scheduled for the end of the current school year:
- DELF Prim from May 9th to 19th (registration now open until April 27th);
- DELF Tout Public from June 6th to 17th (registration from May 2nd to 25th).
e-Toile: Could you also specify the benefits of taking these exams?
Morgane Fournié : The DELF and TCF are internationally recognized and accepted as an official testimony of one’s level in French. They are useful on many levels: personal, academic, and professional. Think about the difference on a resume between “French: conversational” and “French: DELF B2”. Taking these exams is also a proof of one’s commitment and dedication towards the learning of a language.
The Test de Connaissance du Français, or TCF, is offered in three different versions at SLI:
- The TCF Tout Public, for a general evaluation, academically recognized and accepted for applications into Francophone universities and/or French programs;
- The TCF pour l’Accès à la Nationalité Française, mandatory to apply for the French citizenship;
- The TCF Québec, advised when applying for immigration in Quebec.
- You may find some useful links on our website regarding the exams (differences between the DELF and the TCF, links to practice for the exams…)
e-Toile : Finally, what is the cost associated with their passage ?
Morgane Fournié : Registration fees for the DELF examinations are as follows :
There is a “school” price if a school or and extra-curriculum organization presents at least ten of their students.
Registration fees for the TCF tests are as follows: