French exam preparation courses

Prepare your French exam DELF DALF and TCF

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FRENCH EXAM PREPARATION COURSES

Experience the allure of French, a language that resonates with love, literature, fashion, and culinary finesse, making it one of the world's most enchanting languages. Beyond its romantic charm, French holds significant importance as a working language, being officially recognized by prestigious organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, and more. Immerse yourself in our French courses, designed to empower you with the skills to master this captivating language.

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97% success rate

As a result of our effective teaching methods, our language schools boast an average exam success rate of 97%.

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Reduced classes

Small class sizes - limited to twelve students or eight for mini-groups

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QUALIFIED TEACHERS

Teachers use recognised methods, as well as current affairs and media to provide engaging and dynamic classes

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PRE-ARRIVAL TESTING

Pre-arrival online language placement test allows us to place you in the right level so you can make maximum progress

French levels and exams

Here's an overview of the levels of French proficiency, as described by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), along with what you can typically do at each level and the corresponding exams:

 

A1 - Beginner


  - At this level, you have very basic knowledge of French.
  - You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very simple sentences.
  - You can introduce yourself and others, and ask and answer questions about personal details.
  - You can interact in a simple way in situations where the other person speaks slowly and clearly.

  Exam: DELF A1 (Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française) or TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français) niveau 1.

 

A2 - Elementary


  - Learners at this level have a bit more vocabulary and understanding.
  - You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance.
  - You can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar topics.
  - You can describe aspects of your background, immediate environment, and matters in areas of immediate need.

  Exam: DELF A2 or TCF niveau 2.

 

B1 - Intermediate


  - At this level, you can start to handle more complex language tasks.
  - You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered.
  - You can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling.
  - You can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  - You can describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions, and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

  Exam: DELF B1 or TCF niveau 3.

 

B2 - Upper Intermediate


  - Learners at this level have a good command of the language.
  - You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics.
  - You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.
  - You can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects.
  - You can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

  Exam: DELF B2 or TCF niveau 4.

 

C1 - Advanced


  - At this level, you have advanced proficiency.
  - You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.
  - You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  - You can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes.
  - You can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects.

  Exam: DALF C1 (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) or TCF niveau 5.

 

C2 - Proficient


  - This is the highest level of language proficiency.
  - You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  - You can summarize information from different sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  - You can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently, and precisely, even in complex situations.

  Exam: DALF C2 or TCF niveau 6.

As you progress through these levels, it's essential to engage with authentic materials, practice regularly, and seek opportunities for immersion to continue advancing in your French language skills. Language learning tools such as textbooks, online courses, language exchange partners, immersive experiences, and formal instruction can all be beneficial at different stages of your learning journey.

Why choose Alpadia

Inspired by the multilingualism of our home country of Switzerland, we've been helping students to learn languages and enrich their lives since 1996. Each year, we welcome over 6,000 students from across the globe, bringing together diverse cultures to help nurture an expansive and inclusive world view.

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What levels do Alpadia's DELF/DALF preparation courses cover?

Alpadia offers DELF/DALF preparation courses for the levels: B1 / B2 / C1.

How do I enroll in a DELF/DALF preparation course?

To enroll, simply visit our website and follow the registration process. You can choose your desired level, and our team will guide you through the next steps to start your journey towards French language excellence.

Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in these courses?

While there are no strict prerequisites, we recommend that students have a basic understanding of French to derive maximum benefit from the courses. If you are unsure about your proficiency level, feel free to reach out, and we can help you determine the most suitable course for you.

Which French language exams are commonly taken for proficiency?

Common French proficiency exams include DELF (Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française), DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française), and TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français).

How can I prepare for French exams effectively?

Effective preparation involves a combination of regular practice, exposure to authentic French materials, focused study of grammar and vocabulary, and taking mock exams to familiarize yourself with the test format.

Can I prepare for French exams abroad?

Absolutely! Many language schools in French-speaking countries offer immersive programs designed to enhance language skills and prepare students for proficiency exams. It's an excellent way to practice in a real-life setting.

What is the deadline to enrol to an exam preparation course or to sign up for an exam?

The deadline to enroll in an exam preparation course or to sign up for an exam at Alpadia depends on the type of exam you are interested in. Here are the details:

For DELF/DALF Exams at Alpadia Montreux:

- The exams are organized at the regional examination center.

- The registration deadline is available at the examination center. Please refer to this website for specific dates.

For TCF, FIDE Test, and eDFP Exams at Alpadia Montreux:

- These exams are organized at the Alpadia Montreux school.

- The registration deadline is a minimum of 1 month in advance of the exam date.

For DELF/DALF Exams at Alpadia Lyon:

- The exams are organized at the regional examination center.

- The registration deadline is available at the examination center. Please refer to this website for specific dates.

For TCF and FIDE Test Exams at Alpadia Lyon:

- These exams are organized at the Alpadia Lyon school.

- The registration deadline is a minimum of 1 month in advance of the exam date.

For more information please contact us!

What exams courses are offered in the Montreux school?

Exam courses offered at Alpadia Montreux: DELF B1 & B2, DALF C1, FIDE and eDFP

Course Details:

- Course Starting Dates:19.02 / 29.04 / 21.05 / 26.08 / 09.09 / 21.10.2024

- Lessons per Week (lpw): 30 lpw

- Duration: 4 weeks

- Available 4 weeks prior to the exam dates.

- Important Note: Exam fees are not included.

Exam Information:

- Exam Type: DELF/DALF - Organized at the regional examination center.

- Registration Deadline: Refer to www.delfdalf.ch

- Exam Type: TCF, FIDE Test, and eDFP - Organized at the Alpadia Montreux school.

- Registration Deadline: Minimum 1 month in advance.

What exams courses are offered in the Lyon school?

Exam courses offered at Alpadia Lyon: DELF B1 & B2, DALF C1, FIDE

Course Details:

- Course Starting Dates: 15.01 / 19.02 / 29.04 / 13.05 / 10.06 / 29.07 / 09.09 / 14.10 / 12.11.2024

- Lessons per Week (lpw): 30 lpw

- Duration: 4 weeks

- Available 4 weeks prior to the exam dates.

- Important Note: Exam fees are not included.

Exam Information:

- Exam Type: DELF/DALF - Organized at the regional examination center.

- Registration Deadline: Refer to www.ilcf.net

- Exam Type: TCF, FIDE Test - Organized at the Alpadia Montreux school.

- Registration Deadline: Minimum 1 month in advance.

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