DELF - DALF - TCF

The French Ministry of National Education proposes a large range of certifications for French as a foreign language aimed at validating proficiencies in French, from the first apprenticeships to the most advanced levels.

The offer is tailored to all ages and all publics. It is harmonized with the 6 levels scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The DELF, DALF, and TCF diplomas are independant and validate the mastery of the four language competencies. The DELF and DALF are valid without time limit. The TCF is valid for two years.

Validated by a team of experts in evaluation, these certifications are internationally recognized and are frequently used by foreign Ministries in charge of education. They can be passed in more than 1000 centers of examination in 164 countries.

The preparation courses with Gil are tailored for university students, adults, or any individual who would like to validate their knowledge and level in French thanks to one of these exams.

OBJECTIVES OF THE EXAMS' PREPARATION COURSES WITH GIL

General objectives of the exams’ preparation :
Train for written tests depending on the aimed exam level
Train expressing opinions, thoughts, ideas with confidence and fluency depending on the aimed exam level
Train to understand a wide range of written information depending on the aimed exam level. Articles, books, newspapers, etc.
Build vocabulary on a wide range of subjects depending on the aimed exam level
Train in French grammar and syntax to achieve accuracy depending on the aimed exam level
Practice working under exam conditions

About the exams :

The DELF

The DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) is an official diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the French language competency of candidates from outside France. It is designed for all audiences from A1 to B2 levels included.

The DELF is composed of four individual certificates that have been harmonized with the European standards corresponding to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECRL).

Examinations are independent, and candidates can register for the examination of their choice. Each examination evaluates the four communication skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking.

An average grade of 50 out of 100 points for each part of the exam is required to obtain the DELF A1, A2, B1 and B2 diplomas.

DELF A1

The A1 user has basic knowledge at this level, also called the « discovery » stage. The user can interact in a simple way: he/she can speak about him/herself and his/her immediate environment.

DELF A2

The A2 level recognizes the linguistic competency of a basic user, considered as a social actor. The candidate can communicate about simple and routine tasks requiring the most common polite phrases and exchanges of information.

DELF B1

The B1 user becomes independent. He/she can maintain interaction: he/she can understand and partake in a discussion and give his/her opinion. He/she is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life.

DELF B2

The B2 user has a degree of independence that allows him/her to construct arguments to defend his/her opinion, explain his/her viewpoint and negotiate. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting his/her own mistakes.

The DALF

The DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) is an official diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language.

DALF is composed of two individual certificates that have been harmonized with the European standards corresponding to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECRL).

Examinations are independent, and candidates can register for the examination of their choice. Each examination evaluates the four communication skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking.

An average grade of 50 out of 100 points for each part of the exam is required to obtain DALF C1 and C2 diplomas.

DALF C1

Language users at level C1 are independent. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously. They have a large vocabulary and can choose the appropriate expression to introduce their comments. They can produce clear, well-structured discourse without hesitation and show controlled use of structures.

DALF C2

C2 users’ proficiency in the language is illustrated by precision, appropriateness and fluency of expression. C2 candidates are capable of using the language for academic and advanced-level purposes.

The TCF

The TCF is a French language test offered by the French Ministry of Education:

TCF assesses a person’s level of French for general purposes. It is intended for people who are not native French-speakers and who wish to assess and certify their skills in French in a simple, reliable and timely fashion, for any number of reasons.

All candidates receive a certificate of results that places them on the six-level scale (from A1 to C2) established by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). It is therefore impossible to fail the TCF.

The certificate delivered after the test is valid for two years.

This test is intended for:

  • Anybody who wants his/her French-language skills assessed for:
    • Professional reasons: the TCF certificate is a benchmark of one’s language abilities and may be used to endorse job applications or applications for internal promotion.
    • Personal reasons: the TCF provides a snapshot of one’s proficiency in French at the time the test is taken.
  • Final year undergraduates, postgraduate students, and students at the French Grandes Ecoles: the TCF is systematically required by higher education institutes for any student who wishes to apply for final year undergraduate study or postgraduate study.

It is composed of:

    • Three compulsory tests (total of 1h25)
      • Reading comprehension
      • Listening comprehension
      • Language structures
  • two optional tests (total of 1h15)
    • Oral expression
    • Written expression

TRAINING PROCESS

The training process takes into account the level and the exam students have chosen to pass. It is aimed at recreating the conditions students will meet during the exam. Real past exercises will be used to give to the future candidate a precise idea of what he should await from the exam.

Students can come with any questions about grammar, vocabulary, spellings, pronunciation, etc.

During the training Gil will take care that learners write and speak french with accuracy. Grammar will be look at and strenghten if necessary.

While studying a great variety of written and audio materials, confidence in speaking, will be targeted through debate and discussion.

These preparation classes will allow students to level up the complexity of their french structures for they gain confidence and ease in their spoken french.
Some exercises are also aimed at sharpening students’ listening skills. In the meantime they’ll be able to improve their pronunciation by connecting their ears to their mouth in a better way if needed.

Also, abilities to think in french will be trained.

And in the end, a special attention will be paid to writing skills and spellings.

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FREE TRIAL EXAM PREPARATION

Open to everyone who would like to train for official exams, the free trial training class allows students to meet Gil online during one hour for free. Students can discuss with him their needs, eventually start their training and plan their studies for the next classes. Be simply welcome.
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