Getting a DELF French diploma can open the door to your ambitions. Many students need the DELF or DALF French diploma to get into university, perhaps in France or Switzerland, or to begin a career in the civil service.
People who want to become professional bakers have found the DALF and DELF preparation course are very useful for taking the entrance exam to get a place at the INBP – the National Institute of Bakery and Pastry.
And many students just want the qualification to show the level of French they’ve worked hard to achieve.
Students of all nationalities want to take DALF preparation in France: at French in Normandy, we’ve taught people from many countries including Switzerland, Korea, and Latin America.
If you want to pass French DELF A1, preparation is vital. As a beginners’ level qualification, A1 could be many students’ first experience of a DELF or DALF test.
At French in Normandy, our language school in Rouen, we have lots of experience in supporting students in French DELF A1 preparation as well as other levels in the DELF and DALF tests. Not only can you learn with us at our school, but we can support you in the DELF or DALF online.
What is the DELF French Diploma? And what are DALF French levels?
The DELF and DALF Diplomas match the six levels of the Council of Europe’ s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) from A1-C2. They are organised by the French Ministry of Education to certify the level of French-language skills of non-French speakers.
- The DELF French Diploma (Diplôme d’études en langue française) is at levels A1-B2 of the Common European Framework, with an exam for each level. A1 and A2 are examined on Wednesdays and B1 and B2 on Thursdays.
- The DALF French Diploma (Diplôme approfondi en langue française) is at C1and C2 levels of the Common European Framework, and is examined on Fridays.
French DELF A1 preparation: What to expect?
Like most language exams, DALF and DELF French diplomas will test you on the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- What’s in the French DELF A1 reading test? You’ll get four or five short texts about everyday situations and you’ll be asked to answer questions to check how well you’ve understood what you’ve read. It’s a good idea to read the texts once before looking at the questions. Make sure you understand exactly what the questions are asking before reading the texts again.
- How to prepare for the DELF A1 reading test The most useful thing you can do is read often. If you can find texts in French which are also translated into your own language, read the French and then check for meaning. Children’s books can be good, and so can websites. Try to be familiar with as many words as possible (and if you don’t understand any in the exam, try to work out what they mean from the rest of the text).
- What’s in the French DELF A1 writing test? You’ll be asked to complete a form and write something short – like a postcard or email – about something people do in daily life. Be careful: make sure you write what you’ve been asked to write, and read it through carefully when you’ve done.
- How to prepare for the DELF A1 writing test? Practise writing about things you do every day. Also the more you write out the same phrases again and again, the more you start to commit this to memory. Not only will you write more quickly, but you’ll also add it to the list of things you can say fluently without thinking about it.
- What’s in the French DELF A1 listening test? You will hear three or four short recordings about everyday situations twice, then answer questions on what you’ve heard. Remember, you hear each recording twice. The first time, try to get the general idea of what you are hearing and on the second listening, be more aware of the details. This part of the test is checking for how well you’ve understood what you’ve heard and you don’t have to write in perfect French.
- How can I prepare for the DELF A1 listening test? By listening to things! The radio is good, as is the TV, films and talking to people. The more you listen, the more you’ll hear the words and improve your understanding. Tell yourself that you won’t understand everything, and learn to relax about this. However by picking out just a few words from the TV, you’re tuning your brain in to the French language. Practice tests will also help you become more familiar with language at the DELF A1 level of French.
- What’s in the French DELF A1 speaking test? There are three parts of this test: guided conversation, exchanging information and role-play. In the first two parts be very careful to listen to what the examiner asks and make sure that’s what you answer. Remember you get ten minutes to prepare for the role play with the images you’ve been given so spend that time thinking about what you can say.
- How can I prepare for the DELF A1 speaking test? Speaking is vital: our school will help you. Our online course will check and correct your speaking exercises, and students in school will get plenty of practice talking inside and outside of class. When you’re revising vocabulary and phrases, remember to speak them out loud and not just in your head, so you give your mouth a chance to work on pronunciation too!
How can French in Normandy help you with French DELF A1 preparation?
We are very proud of our exam success rates: in 2017, 97 per cent of our students passed their exams. We can offer both DELF and DALF preparation courses at our school in beautiful Rouen, just an hour outside Paris, or online (although you will have to take the exam in France, and this option is only available for students at B2 and above).
Students on our DELF DALF preparation courses in France take General French in the morning as well as exam-specific sessions. Morning classes focus on the four skills, with exam tutorials in the afternoons. You’ll also get practice sessions with personalised correction and feedback.
Some of our teachers are qualified, experienced DELF DALF examiners which help students to be confident and well prepared for their exam. Students can also attend free daily workshops after afternoon classes.
Book your French DELF A1 preparation, or your DALF preparation course
We’re looking forward to meeting you at French in Normandy and helping you to get the qualifications you need with our DELF and DALF preparation in France. Find out more about our courses and book here.
French in Normandy is proud to have been chosen by Campus France as one of the participating schools in this new and exciting French and Science short course programme for students planning to study science in France.
French in Normandy provides full French language instruction while partner school ESIGELEC takes the lead role in the science elements of the programme along with CESI NORMANDIE and local companies. Together these three excellent Normandy institutions will receive students from around the world for this new three-week programme that offers first-class language training as well as a hands-on scientific experience for students planning to study science in France. Students will visit companies specialised in motor research, transport and energy solutions.
French + Sciences is designed for international English-speaking students in Sciences, who may be complete beginners in French: the scientific content is 100% taught in English.
French is considered as a tough language to learn as well as pronounce. But it cannot be as hard as it seems to learn if you acquaint your child with the following things at preschool or at their early level of education. As French is a global language, spoken in at least 29 countries and used by international organizations as an official language, learning French is important.
Before you enroll your child in a French-language school, provide him or her the basic knowledge that can make the French learning process easier. Have a look at the overview of the things that, if learned at an early stage, can aid the student to converse in French easily in the future. But before that, let us know why learning French is important?
Learning skills: Why Learning French is important
Gradually like English, French has become an international language and to compete in today’s world or in the coming years, it is vital to be an expert in French. After English, it is at the second spot amongst the list of languages taught worldwide along with being 6th language of the world spoken across the globe. Various schools offer French classes and courses in France but French in Normandy is voted as the best French language school in France and offers courses for juniors, adults and seniors.
5 things to teach your child when learning French as a second language
Numbers and genders game
If you are planning to teach your child French at any stage after preschool, then make sure to verse him with the genders and numbers. In French, the pronouns and adjectives have to be in agreement, whereas similar is the case of the verb which is also supposed to agree. Make the child aware of grammar through various books through singing or poem recitation, etc. to prepare his foundation for French.
Education of affirmative, negative, and interrogative statements
Learning French would be an easy job for your child by making him versed with the French translation of words like what, where, when, why, who, and how which are referred as “quoi” , “où” , “qui” , “quand” , “Pourquoi” , “comment” in French respectively. This would help your child to learn the basics of French easily as with such words sentence formation becomes easy, which would be of immense assistance for students. A habit of noting down a word while reading a chapter is of immense help in learning, which could be a great aid in French too as it aids in increasing the vocabulary of French.
Acquaint your child about the changing form of verbs in French which varies from person to person, mood and tense, unlike English. These learned at a later stage in higher classes are hard to practice as students often forget them. Make such word practice in the daily life of your preschool toddler so that he can remember it for long. Make your toddler hear it while you read to keep it stored in his memory to enable him to learn French with great ease. Again, repeating these words, again and again, can help students to learn easily.
Conditional and subjunctive
Perhaps you do not know about the verb forms or moods mentioned in French, but do you know that English too stores a similar pattern? The conditional sentences constitute ‘If’ in English whereas it is called “si” in French. Subjective is practiced at the time of uncertainty. Gradually make your child use subjunctives to make the French language, not a tough one to learn. Class discussion can act as a key to learning these.
French is difficult to pronounce and understand initially. It is different from Swedish, English, etc. It is spoken in a monotonous range. While pronouncing French, the nasal sounds that seem to have a similar sound actually do not have. A beginner or a preschooler needs to be versed in the fact that sounds appear to melt together from the previous syllable of a word to the beginning of next words syllable. Here animal sound, enacting of screenplay or voice modulation can be highly effective in preparing them to learn French in the future.
These are minor but very handy things that may assist in learning the language effortlessly.
Christian Gaujac, French in Normandy, recently attended the 92nd annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) held July 14-17, 2019, in Philadelphia. He has been working for more than 30 years in FLE is in now in charge of partnerships in his school. Christian was an active participant as an exhibitor in this unique gathering of over 300 French teachers from around the U.S. and from several other countries. Participants in the convention were able to learn about the history of Philadelphia and its relationship to France through lectures and presentations as well as numerous excursions. In addition, there were over 120 workshops and sessions on the teaching and learning of French and the cultures of the Francophone world.
The AATF, founded in 1927, is the largest national association of French teachers in the world
with nearly 9500 members. It is organized around 70 local chapters and governed by a national
Executive Council of 18 members. National Headquarters are located in Marion, Illinois. The
AATF publishes the French Review and the National Bulletin and holds an annual convention
which alternates between sites in Francophone countries such as Canada, France, and also in the
U.S. Its award-winning Web site [www.frenchteachers.org] contains a multitude of information
and materials of interest to French teachers at all levels. The AATF also sponsors the National
French Contest and National French Week (Nov. 4-10, 2019).
Have you selected the Engineering Industry for your bright future? Do you want to improve your professional skills? Do you like a dream job abroad? If yes, then French learning is essential for you. Why? Well, here are the top 10 undeniable reasons why French is critical for the engineering students.
- Learning one language is not enough: We all know the race of the current world; here speaking one professional language is not enough for students. French study will increase your chance of finding a good job at home or abroad with a good salary. Learning multiple languages will enrich students mind and opens up new perspectives.
- Gateway to higher education: Second strong reason to learn this language is, French has a high standing in the Engineering Industry. This language is considered the Gateway to a world-class higher education. With French knowledge, engineering students can add an extra and most required skill to their profile. There are several international companies and Gov. Organizations that ask for the French ability to Engineering students.
- A career asset: Every student dreams for a bright career in his selected subject. If you have chosen the Engineering Industry for your future, then French learning is crucial for you. One main reason for this is numerous multinational companies using French as their working language. That’s why French knowledge called as the career asset.
- Base to learn other languages: Engineering is a vast industry and engineers required in almost every part of life. There are around 6,500 spoken languages in the world. So don’t limit your ability to work by only knowing one language. Several students want to join a job in Canada, Europe, Africa, and Northern South America after completing their Engineering. But you should know, in all these countries French is a popular official language. Moreover, French is easy to learn and can serve you as a base to acquire several other Romance languages.
- A language for better English: Very few students know this fact that French studies in a reputed French language school can make their English better than before. It has proved by several types of research that, “English speaking students becomes more aware and intuitive to English grammar rules after learning French.
- French has a significant online presence: the French language has a big online presence so it can give you access to approximately 15 million additional websites. French is both an official and working language of the European Union, NATO, UN, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee and more. Thus French knowledge for engineers is crucial.
- Spoken around the world: French is spoken and learned throughout the world. After the English, French is the only language that spoken on five continents. It is the second most broadly taught foreign language around the world with 125 million learners. So with French study, engineering students can find their dream job easily across the globe.
- Enhances Confidence levels: Confidence is essential for each student to gain more in life. And advanced French courses for engineers can improve their confidence levels because they authorized in several international organizations and firms.
- A language that opens up the world: Your ability to understanding, speaking and writing French will open up the door of the world for your study, job and travel. Not just in France but also in Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg Engineering students can find their dream job easily with French study.
- A Gateway to Culture: When you study abroad, you get a chance to experience a new environment, advanced technology, and the unique culture. Here, your French knowledge will help you to mix up quickly with your roommates, classmates, and teachers. Engineering students who want to learn can join us at French in Normandy –#1 French language school in France with 25 years of experience.
Language proficiency or linguistic proficiency is the ability of an individual to speak or perform in a language. If you love French and want to know the different levels of French Language Proficiency, then you are in the right place. Here, we will discuss different levels of French Proficiency of CEFR. But before going ahead, first, need to understand what CEFR is?
What is CEFR?
CEFR stands for Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The Council of Europe develops CEFR as part of a project called the “Language Learning for European Citizenship.” CEFR standards are used to measure the proficiency of individuals in various languages (German, French, English or Spanish.) spoken in European. This scheme planned as a validation of language ability for non-native speakers of the language. CEFR split language learners into three main types – A, B, C and then additionally divide each category into two categories like A1, A2, and B1, B2
Where the Different CEFR Levels Matter
The CEFR is not only used in academic settings but also used by several employers. A CEFR diploma is very versatile for your CV or résumé, and they often don’t expire. You may need a CEFR certificate for school admissions, to join a University course, and Employment. Several students use CEFR levels for self-assessment. So that students can easily define their current level and can work hard to be proficient in French.
The “A” Levels: Basic User
A1 or Beginner: It is the most basic level of language learning. At this level, the user can do the following tasks:
- Can recognize and use known expressions and fundamental phrases that used in everyday needs
- He/she can introduce himself/herself, can answer and ask questions about the personal details, e.g., where he lives, things he has, people he knows, etc.
- A user can communicate openly if the other person is polite, cooperative, speak slowly and ready for the communication help
A2 or Elementary: At the A2 CEFR level, a language learner can:
- Understand commonly used terms in most central areas like shopping, employment, family, and geography, etc.
- Can do tasks which are routine and involve a direct swap of information.
- Can explain matters of immediate need in straightforward terms.
The “B” Levels: Independent User
B1 – Threshold (or intermediate): When a user reaches the B level of CEFR, he can:
- Identify the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly used in work, school, leisure, etc.
- Can handle travel situations in areas where the language is spoken
- Can write or create texts on personal interest topics’
- Can explain their dreams, hopes, ambitions, and experiences to others.
- Can give their opinions, reasons, and plans on a topic briefly
B2 – Upper Intermediate or Vantage: At this stage of French learning a user can:
- Understand the fundamental idea of a complex text, or technical piece related to his field.
- Can communicate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity without too much strain for either the learner or the native speaker.
- Can undoubtedly produce detailed text on a wide range of subjects
- Can explain his point of view on a current issue by giving advantages and disadvantages
The “C” Levels: Proficient User
C1 – Advanced or Effective Operational Proficiency: When a French language learner acquires this level of CEFR he becomes proficient a user. Here, he can:
- Understand a wide variety of high demanding longer texts and conversations, and recognize implicit meaning.
- Can state ideas without more much searching for expressions
- He/ She can be active in social media, academic or professional situations by effectively using the French language
- Can produce cogent, detailed text on most complex topics.
C2 – Mastery (or proficiency) this is the mastery level of CEFR, and here the user is supposed to:
- Understand almost everything, read, write and speak French with ease.
- Can summarize information from various spoken and written sources
- can reconstruct arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation
- can express himself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely
- Can differentiate precise meanings of words, sentences, and paragraphs, even in the most complex situations.
Very few students know that French is the third most essential language for business after English and Chinese. It has become a crucial linguistic skill in the global economy. French has more than 300 million speakers in over 50 countries. That’s why business French courses are essential for all students, especially for international students.
Why French Business Courses are Important
French is the official language in twenty nigh countries of the world. For official work, you need some expertise in French writing, speaking, and listening. Here, the basic level study of French will not help you. You have to join some of the advanced French Language Business Course for this purpose.
Some international organizations including the European Union, the UN, African Union, and Interpol use French for their primary office work. Besides this, the French language internationally recognized. So, French has become an integral ingredient of corporate success on an international scale. But without advanced French courses in a reputed French language school, you can’t get expertise in this language.
How are French Business Courses in France beneficial for International Students?
Improve Your Career Options: Taking French business courses in France can open up doors for your future. No matter what is your industry and occupation? Learning French will help you to communicate with vendors, clients in other countries. If you want to work in international business or politics, then French is exceptionally beneficial. The reason, several organizations like NATO, use french as their official language.
Increase Your Education Opportunities: When you acquire an expert level in French, you may be able to join a top university in a Top French-speaking country. This opportunity will give you a chance to get your graduate or master degree in one of the world’s famous university. And the name of the university always matters in anyone’s CV when applying for a dream job. Means, studying abroad can improve your knowledge of French and enables you to experience life differently.
French as a Starting Point for Other Languages: If your boss forces you to learn several languages for business purpose, then French study is an excellent place to start. According to stats, English speakers can easily learn French. And French is similar to several Romance languages like Italian, Spanish, Romanian and Portuguese. Thus, if you are excellent in French, then you can learn Romance languages easily for business purpose. To learn French fluently, you can join frenchinnormandy.com – a well known French language school in France.
Broadening Life View: By taking Business French courses in France, you can expand your life view. When you study abroad, you get immersed in a culture that’s likely very different from your own. You will see and experience different ways of doing things. Such type of experience will broaden your thinking.
It Makes You Smarter: The research has shown that studying abroad can make students smarter. When students join a French Business Course in France, they get connected with a new environment and new technology. In this new environment, students can increase their knowledge spectrum in different ways which make them smarter.
Studying in France is Cost Effective: The French higher education in France is renowned not only for its quality but also for the reasonable price. Here, the education system is based on equality regardless of the nationality. Once you get admission to an academic institution, you will pay the same fee as locals. Besides this, a full-time legal student who lives for more than two months in France is eligible for applying housing subsidy. Full-time students have the constitutional right to work part-time. So with the study students can gain valuable working experience.
Celebrities who speak French
French is a language which everyone wants to learn. If you also want to learn French or improve your French speaking and writing skills, look at these Celebrities for some inspiration. These celebrities may surprise you with their ability to speak French.
Jodie Foster: Jodie Foster is an American actress, producer, and director. She has received several awards for her excellent work, i.e. two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards, etc. Very few people know about her French speaking skills. Foster learned French at the Lycée Français de Los Angeles, a prep school that she attended for twelve years.
Bradley Cooper: Bradley Charles Cooper is an American actor and filmmaker. He was born on January 5, 1975. For this excellent work, he got nominated for many awards like Academy Awards, Tony Award, and BAFTA Award. In 2015, he was in the list of 100 most influential people in the world. Moreover, he was one of the world’s highest-paid actors for three years. During his Georgetown career, Cooper spent a semester abroad in a university near Aix-en-Provence in France. There, he survived with a host family and entirely immersed himself in the French language.
John Kerry: The next name for this list is John Kerry, an American politician. He served as the 68th US Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017. John Kerry first learned the French language when he attended a Swiss boarding school as a child. But the culture of France has given a long-lasting impact on him.
Joseph Gordon Levitt: Joseph Leonard was born on 17 Feb 1981 in Los Angeles, California. Now he is an American actor, singer, entrepreneur, and filmmaker. As a child, Joseph appeared in many TV series and films. He took a break from acting to focus on his study at Columbia University. But then he dropped the study in 2004 to pursue acting again. For his exceptional performance he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He studied French language and French poetry when he was studying at Columbia University. He’s a big fan of Nouvelle Vague and Godard cinema. Today, he does not miss any French interview and can sing a song by Brel!
Jane Fonda: Jane Seymour Fonda is an American writer, actress, political activist, producer, former fashion model, and fitness guru. She was born in New York City on December 21, 1937. Fonda can speak French very well. She has learned the French when got married to french director Roger Vadim for seven years. Jane Fonda has been married and divorced three times.
Gwyneth Paltrow: Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an American actress, musician, businesswoman, and food writer. She did great work in several American movies and won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Gwyneth is fluent in Spanish and also knows French pretty well. To learn these languages, she did great hard work. In an interview, she said that she forces her children to watch only French or Spanish T.V. instead of their native English.
Marlon Brando: Marlon Brando was an American actor and film director. He was born on April 3, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska and died on July 1, 2004. His nickname was “Bud” and was a great mimic from his youth. He was a two-time Academy Award winner and eight-time nominee. When Brando married to French actress Tarita Teriipaia, he learned French and becomes fluent in French within a short time. Besides the English and French, Marlon was able to speak Spanish, Italian and Japanese.
Serena Williams: Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player. The WTA ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She decided to learn French to acquire the French public at Roland Garros actively on her side for the French Open tournament.
Mitt Romney: Mitt Romney is an American politician and businessman. He is serving as the junior United States senator from Utah since 2019. Mitt can speak French fluently and is a huge Francophile. He lived in France during the May 1968 workers and students revolt. Romney spent two & a half years in France and learned French speaking and writing.
Johnny Depp: The last surprising celebrity who speaks French for this list is Johnny Depp. He is an American actor, producer, and musician. When we lived in Paris, France for a long time with this family, he learned French. But the chance to hear him speak French is pretty rare.
Learning French has several personal and professional benefits, primarily for students because French is the sixth most broadly spoken language on the planet!
When starting to learn French in France, the most common question asked by students is, “how quickly can I learn French”?
Well, there is no specific answer to this question because there are several factors that need to consider while answering this question.
The first question is, do you want to learn basic French or advanced level? Because advanced level learning will surely need a significant amount of time as compared to primary. Basic French knowledge includes you understand and speak everyday need words. But advanced level consists of a full fluent flow of French-speaking and writing.
Here are some other factors that will determine how much time you will need to learn French in France.
- Knowledge of Romance Languages: If you already know other romance languages then you can save some of your time of French learning. Popular Romance languages are Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese. All these languages have similar grammatical vocabulary and features. It is proved by several studies that Bilinguals easily learn a third language compared to others. Thus, if you know Spanish and English languages, then you can learn French fast, compared to students who start from Scratch.
- How You Are Learning: We all know, learning methods play a significant role in any language study. Best practices can improve your education while the worst ways can slow down your speed of learning. If your French learning is limited just to the classroom study, then it will take a longer time. You need to expose your French learning outside of classes. You can read French phrases and words online, listening to French eBooks or audios, watch French movies and videos, Practicing French Conversation, play French games and can travel to a French-speaking country.
- Time Dedicated to Learning: how long it takes you to learn French also depends on the time, you spend to learn it. Have you joined a French course? Have you taken admission in a French language school? What’s the timing of class, how many hours you are sending daily, weekly, or monthly basis to learn French. How skilled and expert your teachers are? These are some of the questions which will play a significant role in your French learning.
- Your Motivation: Motivation is the key to learn any language fast. So how motivated you are to learn French will also affect your learning time. By keeping yourself motivated, you can study French fast. Like what is your aim behind learning French, how French learning will improve your life, what are the personal and professional advantages of French education are some of the good examples of motivation.
- Learning Environment: Good learning environment is also important to study any language fast. It will allow you to practice often and spend lots of time with language speaking, listening and reading. If you are learning French in France, then you can get this learning environment easily at FrenchinNormandy.com .This is one of the #1 French language schools in France.
- Your Attitude: Attitude also plays a significant role in language learning. There are two types of attitudes 1) positive and 2) Negative. If your approach to French study is positive, then you can learn it fast. You will study French just like a fun and fantastic opportunity to improve your personality skills. But when you have a negative attitude towards learning French, you will find it complicated, and boring.