What is the difference between the DELF and the DALF?

As the sixth most widely spoken language in the world, French language is an almost universal form of communication. Whether you travel, study or work in a French-speaking country, mastering this language is essential. The DELF and DALF tests are intended to assess your ability to speak French.

The DELF: Diploma in French Language Studies

The DELF diploma is awarded to people having a basic or intermediate level of French. It is therefore a universal certification of a candidate’s ability to express himself or herself and to understand the basic aspects of French language. In general, this diploma is requested when immigrating to a French-speaking country. It can be for professional or academic reasons. The DELF diploma is awarded to those who are considered able to speak French fluently, without any language difficulties, using simple and familiar expressions. To obtain the DELF diploma, you need to follow a four-level course and pass the exams, a process that you can do on the online platform GlobalExam. These tests, A1, A2, B1 and B2, are based on the person’s comprehension and written and oral production skills.

The DALF: Advanced French Language Diploma

The DALF is a diploma that certifies a person’s advanced proficiency in French language. Once you have passed the DALF, many opportunities will be available to you: work, travel, study. Indeed, if you have passed the DALF, it means that you have no difficulty expressing yourself in French language, you know a variety of terms and expressions and can easily discuss complex subjects. The DALF is available in two levels: C1 and C2. These are the highest levels according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). As with the DELF diploma, the skills to be evaluated are oral and written comprehension and oral and written production.

DELF and DALF: How do these diplomas differ?

The DELF and DALF diplomas are both language diplomas. Nevertheless, they differ on certain aspects. On the one hand, the DALF diploma is more advanced than the DELF. This means that in order to pass the DALF, you must have a more advanced level than the DELF. It is possible that you have already obtained the latter, before the DALF test, but it is also possible to take both tests at the same time. On the other hand, the difference between the two diplomas is obvious; the DELF just allows you to learn the basics of the language, but the DALF has a more professional focus. In general, the DELF is mostly recommended for students while the DALF is the most required for work purposes.

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