Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 DELF Exam: Another Successful Year

Submitted by Dr. Martine Fisher, Director of World Languages

For the fifth year in a row, all the High School French students who took the DELF exam successfully passed it. The DELF Exam (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education certifying specific levels of fluency in French. This certification, which is officially recognized by the European Consortium for Foreign Languages and 180 countries around the world, constitutes the equivalent of the American TOEFL. It is used for school records, as well as college and job applications. Scores are valid for life. 

Congratulations to Madame Pons, our DELF teacher, and the following French VI students:
Taylor Burns, Molly Kibble, Brigitte Dugas, Allegra Giddings, Daniel deBenedictis, Lily Phelan, Sarah Power, Elizabeth Sbarra, Jessica Ayer, Omolade Gbolade, Lulu Mackenzie, Sarah Gardiner, Louis Fitzgerald, Paige Purcell, Madison Jrolf, Liam Donelan, Shane Savage, Bailey Cook, Morgan Chandler, William Macmillan, Gregory Hebard, Andrew Steele, Julia Biagiotti, Nailah Dore-Tyrell, Edwin Duprevil, Aidan Duggan, Anthony Hancock, Claire O'Neill, Max Plageman, Morgan Smith, Sydney Nguyen, Joanna Needham, Ben Corson, Christina Tougias, Liezel Werner

The DELF is designed to assess the communicative skills of a candidate in a real situation using authentic documents, and evaluate  her or his linguistic know-how (writing a letter, asking for information, exchanging opinions).  The exam assesses the four language skills (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking skills and writing) and has several levels (Junior B1 or B2 for our students). The oral test is administered by trained instructors from the French Cultural Center of Boston and our DELF certified teachers.

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