Lifelong Learning validated through official certifications
You would like to keep an official record of your skills in French for your employer or your University? The French Institute of Qatar is not only a language school but also an official examination centre accredited by the French Ministry of Education as well as by the Canadian Government, therefore you can prepare for examinations with us. Several sessions are offered on Saturdays throughout the year and both DELF and TEF diplomas are recognised worldwide, whilst TEFAQ is specifically designed for people wishing to go to Québec. The French Institute organises workshops to help you evaluate your skills and get ready for exams but it is not compulsory to attend our classes to sit an exam. However we strongly advise you to finish at least the Level A1.2 class before you register for any official examination
DELF and DALF are the official exams organised by the French Ministry of Education. There are several levels available, following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The “B2″ level is required if you want to study in a French speaking University or work in a French speaking country.
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DELF A1 assesses the knowledge of beginners, providing a means of validation. The student is capable of simple interaction with others: he/she can reply to simple questions about him/herself, where he/she lives, the people he/she knows and his/her possessions and can also ask questions about these. He/she can make simple statements about topics which are familiar or of particular interest and can respond spontaneously. This level of competence is usually achieved in 60 hours.
DELF A2 assesses and validates linguistic competence at elementary level, which can be achieved in about 150 hours. The A2 examination, survival level, involves social interaction (forms of address and courtesy when meeting people, replying to questions on one’s profession and leisure interests, invitations …), going out and about (making a simple transaction in a shop, post office or bank; making inquiries about a journey; using public transport : buses, trains and taxis, requesting basic information, asking one’s way and giving directions, buying tickets; asking for and providing services and products for everyday needs).
DELF B1 - There is, undeniably, a large step up between units A2 and B1, both qualitatively and quantitatively (the B1 corresponding to approximately 400 hours of study) which validates the level of competence required for the independent user. This level corresponds to the specifications for the Council of Europe Threshold level “Niveau seuil”. There are two particular characteristics at this level, the first is the ability to interact with someone and obtain what one wants in different situations. For example, follow the principal points of a fairly long discussion on a familiar subject, provide or request advice and opinions during an informal discussion between friends, get an important point across to others, hold a conversation or join a discussion … The second characteristic is the ability to cope with everyday problems, for example if something unexpected happens when using public transport; being able to deal with the procedures involved in organizing a journey; joining in a conversation on familiar topics without preparation; making a complaint; taking the initiative during an interview or consultation; asking someone to explain or clarify what he/she has just said.
DELF B2 - This level represents the competence of the independent user and is achieved in approximately 640 hours of study. The student realises that he/she has arrived at a certain stage and sees things differently with a new perspective. At this level the emphasis is on effective argumentation: defending an opinion, developing a point of view on a subject, giving the pros and cons of an argument, he/she can present a logical argumentation, negotiating and making concessions, and can present hypothetical situations. The student feels at ease in social situations: he/she fully understands standard French, even in a noisy environment; he/she can initiate a conversation, is able to select the appropriate moment to participate and knows how to conclude the conversation adapting to the different styles, changes of direction and emphasis which occur in normal conversation. He/she has a heightened awareness of language, correcting errors which have led to misunderstandings and making a conscious effort to monitor what he/she is saying in order to rectify any mistakes which may occur.
The DALF C1 represents the level at which the student has total autonomy and has a wide experience of using French, having studied the language for 500-800 hours. It is the standard required for entry to certains grandes écoles, such as l’Institut des sciences politiques de Paris or l’École Polytechnique. At this level communication is spontaneous and fluent. “The speaker expresses him/herself with ease and spontaneity, having a good mastery of a wide vocabulary and being able to circumvent any gaps in his/her knowledge with alternatives. He/she has a range of expressions at his/her disposal to gain the attention of the audience and can retain their interest while giving him/herself thinking time; the speech produced is lucid and well structured and without awkward pauses, demonstrating good mastery of structures, conjunctions and articulators (adverbs).”
DALF C2 - This level of mastery of the language is defined by the Common European Framework for Languages as “the degree of precision, adequacy and ease with the language found in the speech of those who have studied to a high level”. It is not intended to involve the same degree of competence as that of the native speaker. The examination involves academically or cognitively exacting tasks, requiring abilities of a very high standard.
If your children are studying French they can also sit the DELF Prim’ or DELF Junior exams, with topics and contents adapted to their age and skills. All the DELF and DALF exams last for life so if your children pass the DELF Prim’ A1 at the age of 10 it will have exactly the same value as the DELF A1 when they are older.
For more information about DELF or DALF please check the official web site: http://www.ciep.fr/en/delfdalf/index.php