DELF DALF Exam Preparation

May 27, 2016

The DELF and DALF are recognised French language qualifications for your professional and personal purposes.

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Issued by the French Ministry of Education, the DEFL (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) Examinations are the official French proficiency tests administered by the Centre international d’étude pédagogiques.

If you would like your French skills to be recognised for professional or personal purposes these are diplomas that are valid and recognised throughout the world. Based on the European Framework for languages, you chose to work towards one of these 6 levels.


Elementary user who can validate a basic knowledge of French and has a “survival” level for daily life.


Independent user who can confirm a good knowledge of French and has the ability to communicate verbally and in writing, covering a wide range of topics within the modern French language.


A user who can validate fluent and spontaneous communication skills at the highest level and include specialized topics, chosen by the candidate himself. Candidates who have been awarded the DALF C1 or DALF C2 are exempted from language entrance examinations in French Universities.

Each of these certificates tests the four language proficiencies (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). You can find more details about DELF/DALF, including descriptions of the tests in each unit and access to sample topics, via the official DELF/DALF website.

Preparing for a French Examination with Dominiques


Anthony was working at a leading market research company on Edgware Road, Central London. Responsible for French HeadQuarter clients based in Paris (E.g. L’Oreal and Sanofi Aventis) his work required him to meet with and present to, board-level employees in the French Language.

Already a competent speaker, Anthony wanted to focus his lessons on improving his French writing and comprehension. Taking two one-hour lessons a week at his offices in London, Anthony decided with his tutor to aim for a professional qualification for two reasons. He wanted a short term goal to work towards and a recognised qualification that would be useful for his future career progression.

Anthony embarked first on the DEFL B2 level after 6 months of lessons and followed 6 months later with the DAFL C1 level.

Thanks so much to Dominique and Anne for their lessons over the last 9 months. I’m delighted to have had such enthusiastic teachers that allowed me to look forward to the lessons and keep motivated to work on things between each lesson. Their preparation for the DAFL examination was very well structured – I feel I’ve benefited by gaining a recognised qualification and progressed in my everyday French I need for this role.”


We can also help you practice for your DELF and DALF examinations outside of lessons. There’s a range of resources designed to provide you with comprehensive explanations fo the different parts of the exam, updated exam agenda and dates for the next DELF and DALF examinations in London.

Our team of tutors work closely to ensure all lessons are well structured and well prepared. All tutors are native, hold relevant qualifications to teach French as a foreign language and hold experience in doing this.

We also ensure when hiring that our tutors are enthusiastic and passionate about teaching their own language. Ideas are passed readily from tutor to tutor to ensure the lessons remain ‘fresh’, and we have available an abundance of material and activities for the tutors to use.

Get in touch and tell us how we can help you!