DELF Scolaire – what is it?
DELF Scolaire is an official diploma of French language proficiency, designed for children and teenagers, issued by the French Ministry of Education and approved internationally.
DELF Scolaire (Diploma of French Language Studies for Schools – Diplôme d’études en langue française pour les écoles) is an examination taken directly in a school of the Finnish education system. Its aim is to certify a level of proficiency in the French language for the pupils of the school. DELF Scolaire is based on an agreement between the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Finland and Finnish schools.
Depending on the age of the candidates, the exam papers of DELF Scolaire consist of the papers of DELF Prim or DELF Junior.
DELF Prim is designed for children aged 8 to 11, and DELF Junior for children aged 11 to 18.
These exams certify five levels (A1.1, A1, A2, B1, B2) in four skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.
Follow this link for a detailed description of DELF Prim and DELF Junior
Where are DELF Prim or Junior available?
1.If your child’s school is a certified DELF exam centre, your child can take DELF Scolaire in that school, at a preferential rate.
2.If your child’s school is not a certified DELF exam centre, Institut français de Finlande will offer from 2022 DELF Junior sessions, where everyone can participate.
Are you headmaster of a school or a French teacher? Would you like your school to become a certified exam centre?
For your school, DELF is a way to stand out
For the teachers, DELF is an additional education tool
For the pupils, DELF is an excellent motivation tool
In Finland, 17 schools are certified exam centres and thus provide their pupils with an internationally approved certification, making their access to university or the professional market easier.
Finnish schools certified as DELF exam centres – 2021:
École française Jules Verne
Lycée franco-finlandais d’Helsinki / Helsingin ranskalais-suomalainen koulu
Deutsche Schule Helsinki
Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu (SYK)
Tapiolan koulu ja lukio
Filière franco-finlandaise de Tampere / Aleksanterin koulu
Filière bilingue de Turku / Vähä-Heikkilän koulu
How can I become a DELF examiner?
Becoming a DELF examiner will allow you to acquire a precise, calibrated, and efficient evaluation tool to assess the progression of your pupils. I will also add a source of inspiration for your class activities.
By becoming an examiner, you join a community of education professionals: take advantage of the network and of an excellent training opportunity!
How can my school become a certified exam centre?
For your school to become a certified DELF Scolaire examination centre, it is important to fulfil the following criteria:
- At least two teachers of French must be certified as examiners for DELF
- The school must provide adequate logistics infrastructure (premises, examination rooms, acoustics, lighting, ventilation, sound equipment, supervisory staff)
- An agreement must be signed between Institut français de Finlande and the school
You can also watch this video explaining what DELF is, providing sample papers, and even explaining how to prepare for the exams!