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Grade 12 students perform well on the DELF Exams and prove their proficiency in French

Close to 70 grade 12 students in Core French and French Immersion from five of the HWCDSB’s Catholic Secondary schools challenged the DELF at the A2, B1, and B2 levels. It is with great pride that we can say that almost all students were successful in their respective levels and will receive a DELF certificate awarded by the French Ministry of National Education (France). The students will be able to explain their French proficiency and use this internationally recognized certification for future employment, internships, and other post-secondary opportunities. On est très fier de vos efforts! Félicitations à vous tous!

Students demonstrating their confidence and proficiency in French responds to one of goals of the Ontario Ministry of Education as stated in A Framework for French as a Second Language, K – 12, 2013. This framework articulates three provincial goals for FSL, the first of which is to increase student confidence, proficiency and achievement in FSL. This goal reminds us how important it is that students have confidence in their ability to use their French skills effectively.

In recent years, provincial, regional, and local initiatives have taken place using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR) to inform practice in FSL. The CEFR provides a comprehensive overview of competencies that French language learners need to develop in order to communicate and interact effectively. It presents levels of language proficiency, starting at the basic level A1, continuing to A2, B1, and B2 (which is considered independent). Levels C1 and C2 reflect a competency level beyond secondary school.

This spring, approximately 700 volunteer Grade 12 FSL students from 29 English-language school boards across Ontario participated in the FSL Student Proficiency DELF Pilot Project and wrote an internationally-recognized language exam called the Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF).This exam is based on the CEFR proficiency levels.

For more information regarding the Common European Framework visit:

CASLT: What is the CEFR? ...
Council of Europe: ...

For more information regarding the DELF exams visit:
Embassy of France in Canada ...

Grade 12 students perform well on the DELF Exams and prove their proficiency in French