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Education students can earn diploma from France's Ministry of National Education
Lisa Pendergast
Faculty of Education student, Chris Downey

Faculty of Education students with a major, minor or focus are in French have been given the opportunity to sit for the DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue française), the official French language diploma awarded by France’s Ministry of National Education. The DELF certification is recognized in 165 countries and is offered by 965 accredited centres throughout the world, 19 of which are in Canada. Once obtained, this certification is valid for life.

The framework of the diploma is accepted as the benchmark for language proficiency around the world. At each level, written and oral comprehension, along with written and oral expression, are assessed. 

The six levels of the diploma include:

A - Basic User
A1 Beginner
A2 Elementary

B - Independent User
B1 Pre-intermediate
B2 Intermediate

C - Proficient User
C1 Proficiency
C2 Mastery

With support from the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Education, Faculty of Education students were invited to write the DELF A2, B1 and B2 over the past year and we look forward to offering the DELF diploma to all future students who intend to become French teachers.

In the above photo, current Intermediate/Secondary Education student, Mr. Chris Downey, who has a double major in French and physics and a minor in math, holds his B1 diploma and is awaiting the arrival of his B2 diploma. Mr. Downey is looking forward to writing the C1 and becoming a Proficiency User in the near future.

For additional information on the DELF, please visit  

Aug 1st, 2014

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