DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française)

The Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has been accredited by the French Embassy as an examination centre for the DELF/DALF international French second language evaluation. We offer these evaluations to students attending public schools in Nova Scotia.  

We were the first provincial Department of Education in Canada to receive such accreditation. 

The department piloted the first French second language evaluation of a selected number of students in grade 12 FSL programs in April 2009.

The instrument used for the evaluation was the DELF scolaire (Diplôme d’études en langue française).

The purpose of this evaluation is to give students international recognition for their accomplishments in French second language learning. Students are evaluated on their oral and written expression and comprehension.

Individual results are represented as one of four levels on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1, A2, B1, or B2).

The Common European Framework is used extensively in Europe and elsewhere for language learning and teaching, curriculum development, assessment, and evaluation.


The four levels of the DELF scolaire (DELF for schools) are as follows:



This level recognises basic knowledge. It is the most basic level at which a language is used, called the "discovery" stage. At this stage, the learner can interact in a simple way: he/she can speak about him/herself and his/her immediate environment.



Delf A2 is based on the same principle: it recognises the linguistic competency of a basic user, considered as a social actor. The candidate can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring the most common polite phrases and exchanges of information.



At this level, the user becomes independent. He/she can maintain interaction: he/she can understand and maintain a discussion and give his/her opinion. He/she is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life.



A B2 user has a degree of independence that allows him/her to construct arguments to defend his/her opinion, explain his/her viewpoint and negotiate. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting his/her own mistakes.

Please note that we only administer DELF exams to students who are attending public schools in Nova Scotia. 

Centre international d’études pédagogique. (2009). DELF, diplôme d'études en langue française. Retrieved February 12, 2009, from


More information on DELF/DALF may be obtained by:


Élaine Melanson, Director

DELF fact sheet