Professional Development Program - French Module

French Language Requirement

In addition to the academic and admission requirements, all candidates applying to the Professional Development Program (PDP) French Module at SFU must demonstrate an appropriate level of French language competency.

Students are placed in practicums in one of the options of the French Module according to their academic preparation and their level of French.  The options are:

Core French* elementary
Core French secondary
French Immersion elementary
French Immersion secondary
Programme francophone elementary
Programme francophone secondary

* also known as French as a Second Language (FSL)

  • In the secondary immersion programs and in the programme francophone (elementary and secondary), student-teachers typically teach all subjects in French. 
  • In the elementary immersion programs, student-teachers typically teach all subjects in French. 
  • In the elementary and secondary Core French programs, student-teachers typically teach a French class and all other subjects in English. 

DELF-DALF Exam Center at SFU

For details on the exams offered, exam dates, registration and preparation, please visit the  DELF-DALF website.

Exams offered by the SFU DELF-DALF Examination Center are intended for current or future students of SFU and UBC.

Minimum requirements for admission to the PDP French Module at SFU

These are the minimum requirements for admission to the PDP French Module at SFU. The minimum requirements for other universities or institutions may differ.  Please check with your institution.

Program Diplôma required (minimum)
Francophone Program (elementary or secondary)
DALF C1
Secondary Immersion DALF C1
Elementary Immersion DELF B2 (Tout public)
Secondary Core French DELF B2 (Tout public)
Elementary Core French DELF B1** (Tout public)


** DELF B1: A minimum score of 15/25 is required in each component of the exam.

Results

For candidates taking the exam at SFU, the results will be sent directly to the PDP Admissions office.

Candidates who already have a DELF or DALF must send a copy of their results or diploma to SFU OFFA at educprog@sfu.ca for verification. We may need to see the original, in which case you can bring or send it to the OFFA and it will be returned to you.

Candidates taking the exam at the Alliance française in Vancouver can give permission to the exam center to send the results directly to the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affaires (OFFA) at SFU. In order to do this, candidates must send an email to Valentin Morin (vmorin@alliancefrancaise.ca) requesting the exam center to send the results to SFU OFFA at educprog@sfu.ca.

The results will be submitted to the PDP (or PLP) Admissions office. No admissions decisions to the French Module are possible without the DELF-DALF results.

NOTE: It is recommended to take the DELF-DALF as early as possible to complete your application. There are 3 official DELF-DALF exam sessions (tout public) per year in Canada, generally in March, June and November but not all sessions or diplomas are offered at every examination centre.  Check the dates and make sure you take the exam in time to complete your program application. Candidates receive a certificate of their DELF-DALF exam results anywhere between 4 to 6 weeks after the exam.  The diplomas take about 6 months. 

DEADLINE for DELF-DALF exam results for the September 2021 intake:

  • To receive an admission decision as early as possible (between February and May), applicants should take the exam in November 2020
  • If you take the DELF-DALF exam in March, your application will be considered after the first wave of admissions
  • If you take the DELF-DALF exam in June, your application will be considered only if there are spots remaining after the first waves of admissions

Decisions are possible only for complete applications. If you have submitted your DELF or DALF results but your application is incomplete, you will not receive an admission offer.

NOTE: If you did not submit your DELF-DALF exam results and you receive an offer of admission, this means that you are also eligible for the English module and without the DELF-DALF results, the PDP Admissions office offered you a spot in the English module. If you wish to be considered for the French module, you must submit your DELF-DALF results and give up your spot in the English module.

Important Notes

  • Proof of French-language proficiency

    All candidates including Francophones applying to the French Module must demonstrate an appropriate level of French language proficiency. If you are francophone and you completed all your postsecondary studies in French at a recognized Francophone or bilingual (French/English) university or postsecondary institution and the transcripts are in French, please contact educprog@sfu.ca to verify your status regarding the DELF-DALF requirement (attach copies of your transcripts). There are no automatic exemptions.

    We reserve the right to request an interview or to require candidates to take or retake the DELF-DALF exam.

  • The DELF-DALF results are not indicative of your acceptance to the PDP French module (or PLP).

    Proficiency in French is only one of the admission requirements for the French Module. You must satisfy all requirements and submit a complete application.  Once the PDP or PLP Admissions Committee has made a decision regarding your file, an official letter with their final decision will be mailed to you.

    The results indicate your level of language proficiency in relation to the school placements in the French program. The results may show that you have achieved the level for elementary FSL and/or secondary FSL and/or elementary immersion and/or secondary immersion. If you are admitted, you will be offered a spot in a level only if you are eligible. For example, if you achieved the level of French for elementary FSL, you will only be offered a spot in that level if you meet all the academic and other requirements for elementary.

  • Other exams
    The following exams are not accepted for entry to the PDP French Module:
    • Test de français international (TFI)
    • French Language Appraisal (FLA)