DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the linguistic proficiency of non-native French speakers. DELF and DALF are comprised of six diplomas which correspond with the six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2) of the CEFRL Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). This means that candidates can register for the examination of their choice, according to their level. At each level, four skills are evaluated: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
There are also special versions of DELF diplomas for adolescents and children. These are structured in the same way as the adult versions, but the theme used is chosen to suit children and adolescent candidates. These versions are called DELF Junior and DELF Prim.
The six Alliances Françaises in the capital cities (Adelaïde, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne & Perth) are the only certified exam centres in Australia for these diplomas.
The DAEFLE (Diplôme d’Aptitude à l’Enseignement du Français Langue Etrangère) is a diploma offered by the Alliance
Française de Paris Ile de France,
in collaboration with the CNED. It is aimed at anyone wishing to gain a professional
qualification in the domain of teaching French as a foreign language (FLE).
The DAEFLE is a distance learning course for initial or further training. The diploma is awarded after 480 hours of training (6 modules) and success in the final exam (a preparatory module over several sessions is possible).
Some Alliance Française centres offer additional options for diplomas such as:
TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français) is the French Ministry of Education’s test of French language ability. It is designed for non-native speakers of French who wish to obtain a simple and precise evaluation of their general language skills for professional or personal reasons.