High School students, taking French, are expected to appear for the DELF. The DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) is the official French-language diploma awarded by France’s Ministry of National Education. It is recognized around the world and is valid for life.
As an official certification of second-language proficiency, the DELF tests the ability of students to use French in real-life situations. Testing is based on the six reference levels identified in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). At each level, four language skills are assessed: written comprehension, oral comprehension, written expression and oral expression. The CEFR provides a series of descriptions of abilities that can be applied to any language and that can be used to set clear targets for achievement within language learning. This framework is used as a way of benchmarking language ability all over the world.