A Perfect Challenge to the DELF

Stéphane Giroux - Level B2, Hunter Pozzebon - Level B1, Annina Trecroce - Level B2, Cole Evans - Level B1

St. Mary’s College (SMC) is pleased to announce that all forty-eight Grade 12 students who challenged the Diplôme d’Études en Langue Français (DELF) this year passed the comprehensive test of proficiency in French.

This result marks a 12-per-cent increase from last year’s success rate of the Grade 12 French Second Language (FSL) students challenging the B2, B1 and A2 levels of proficiency. Compared to 2017, there were sixteen more students challenging the DELF.

“Over the past five years, I have seen our FSL learners become more proficient and functional in Canada’s other official language. It is a testament to the authentic and engaging CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) of Languages strategies that our Kindergarten to Grade 12 FSL teachers use every day in their classrooms. I commend the teachers and the students on their efforts,” said the board’s French Consultant, Ann Marie Santoro.

For one student there was no hesitation when it came to challenging the DELF. Annina Trecroce, who passed the highest level B2 exam, plans to attend the University of Ottawa this fall.

“I went to a French elementary school, but I went into the French Immersion program at St. Mary’s College knowing that the DELF was offered. I know that this test has a lot of perks and I know that I would be able to use it to my advantage going into university,” said Trecroce.

“The teachers were really great in preparing us for the test. I found that it was so much easier than the work we did in class thanks to workshops we did throughout the year. We had numerous opportunities to practice French communications’ skills such as speaking with our teachers, reading French to enhance our comprehension and responding to questions in French.

The DELF exam has been funded by the Ministry of Education and the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB) for the past five years and the diploma is recognized in 173 countries.

“We have recognized the value of this exam since its introduction five years ago and the results validate our reasoning to give our students the opportunity to show their proficiency in Canada’s other official language. I applaud the students on their success, and all who have made French language learning a focal point in our schools,” said HSCDSB Director of Education, Rose Burton Spohn.

DELF certificates, which have lifelong validity, are issued by the French Ministry for National Education to certify French Language skills. As an example, successful B2 students, like Annina, who have registered at the University of Ottawa, will be exempted from the French entrance exam.


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