Professional Development Program - French

French Language Requirement - DELF-DALF

In addition to the academic and admission requirements, all candidates applying to the PDP French Module 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:

  • Elementary - French as a Second Language (FSL), also known as Core French
  • Secondary - FSL
  • Elementary - Immersion or Francophone Program
  • Secondary - Immersion or Francophone Program

PDP Admissions (English)

Information in French

DELF-DALF

Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF)
Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF)

The DELF and DALF are six separate diplomas issued by the French Ministry for National Education to certify the French language skills. DELF and DALF certificates are developed by the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) and reflect the six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL)

DELF-DALF in Canada

DELF-DALF Examination center at SFU

The DELF-DALF examination center at SFU Burnaby is now open and will be offering exam sessions in March and November. The first session will be held in March 2019.

Exams offered

  • DELF B1 TOUT PUBLIC
  • DELF B2 TOUT PUBLIC
  • DALF C1 (please contact us at educprog@sfu.ca)
Exam dates
Registration dates
March 6-9, 2019 January 14 to February 8, 2019
  • Group tests
    DELF B1 - Wednesday, March 6 at 9 am
    DELF B2 - Thursday, March 7 at 9 am
    DALF C1 - Friday, March 8 at 9 am (please contact us at educprog@sfu.ca)
  • Individual tests
    Following the group test on the same day or starting Saturday, March 9
Exam dates
Registration dates
November 6-9, 2019 September 25 to October 10, 2019
  • Group tests
    DELF B1 - Wednesday, November 6 at 9 am
    DELF B2 - Thursday, November 7 at 9 am
    DALF C1 - Friday, November 8 at 9 am
  • Individual tests
    Following the group test on the same day or starting Saturday, November 9

There are a limited number of seats for some of the exam levels.

For exams in June 2019 in Vancouver, please visit the Alliance française website.

Cost

Exam Cost
DELF B1 $ 175
DELF B2
$ 175
DALF C1 $ 200

Registration and payment

Registration for the March 2019 DELF B1 or DELF B2 exam session (registration open January 14 to February 8, 2019).
For the DALF C1, please contact us at educprog@sfu.ca.

Please fill out the online registration form and wait till you receive a confirmation that we received it before you proceed with the payment of the exam fees.

Payment of exam fees

You will receive a final confirmation only when we receive your registration form and payment.

Due to the high volume of emails that we receive at this time, please expect a delay in response.

Exam details

Each exam consists of two parts.
Group test: Listening, reading, writing
Individual test: Oral (speaking)

For more details on the exams, please visit the CIEP website.

Depending on the number of registrations, individual oral tests may take place on the same day following the group test or will be scheduled on the Saturday or within two weeks of the group test.  Please note that you cannot choose the date or time of your individual oral test.  The schedules will be confirmed once registration numbers are confirmed. Exams will generally be held at SFU Burnaby unless classrooms are not available.

    Duration
Exam Group test start time Group test Preparation for individual oral test   Individual oral test
DELF B1 9 am 1 hour and 45 minutes 10 min. 15 min.
DELF B2 9 am 2 hours and 30 minutes
30 min. 20 min.
DALF C1 9 am 4 hours 1 hour 30 min.

DELF-DALF sample exams, preparation

Minimum requirements for admission to the PDP French Module

Program Diploma (minimum level)
Francophone Program (elementary or secondary)   DALF C1
Secondary Immersion DALF C1
Elementary Immersion DELF B2 or B1* (Tout public)
Elementary or Secondary FSL DELF B1 (Tout public)

These are the minimum requirements. Any level above the minimum is also acceptable.  For example, for Elementary or Secondary FSL we accept: DELF B1, DELF B2 and DALF C1.

* Only for the DELF B1: for Elementary Immersion/Francophone, a minimum score of 15/25 is required in each component of the exam.

 

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Program Level
Descriptors
Francophone Programme (elementary and secondary), Secondary Immersion

C1

Proficient User

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
 Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
 Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Elementary Immersion

B2

Independent User

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
 Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
 Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.

Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Elementary or Secondary Core French

B1

Independent User

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
 Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
 Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.

Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Global scale - Table 1 (CEFR 3.3): Common Reference levels

DELF-DALF results

Candidates taking the exam at the Alliance française in Vancouver can authorize 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) authorizing the exam center to send the results to SFU OFFA at educprog@sfu.ca.

Otherwise, candidates can send a copy of their certificate or diploma to SFU OFFA at educprog@sfu.ca for verification. We need to see the original certificate or diploma which you can bring or send to the OFFA and it will be returned to you.

The results will automatically be sent to the PDP (or PLP) Admissions office. No admissions decision 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 per year, 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 about 5 to 6 weeks after the exam.  The diplomas take about 6 months. 

DEADLINE for DELF-DALF exam results:

  • To receive an admission decision by the end of May 2018, applicants should take the exam in November 2018 or March 2019
  • If you take the DELF-DALF exam in June 2019, your application will be considered for the spots remaining after the first waves of admissions

Important notes

  • Verification of French language competency

    All candidates including Francophones applying to the French Module must demonstrate an appropriate level of French language competency. If you are francophone and you completed all your postsecondary studies in French at a recognized Francophone or bilingual 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).  We reserve the right to require the DELF-DALF.

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

    Competency 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 competency 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.

  • Candidates can take the same exam as many times as necessary, until they pass.
    However, if you already obtained a diploma and want to take the same level exam again, you must agree to your previous diploma being revoked.  A written statement is required before taking the exam. In this case, whether you pass or fail the exam, the previous diploma will no longer be valid.