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France: Academic Organization

ACA students attending Campus adventiste du Salève will be enrolled in the Institut de Langue Française (Institute of French Language) - I.fle. As a part of the registration procedure, ACA students will be given a French Language Proficiency Placement Examination before registration in the Summer and Autumn terms that will determine placement in the most appropriate French courses.

The IFLE Bulletin, with more detailed academic organization, will be handed out to students at registration time.  All IFLE courses and all final external examinations are designed to match the Common European Frame of Reference for languages (CEFR), set by the Council of Europe.  (http:/culture2.coe.int/portfolio//documents/cadrecommon.pdf)

T.E.F. For all Division and Levels Independently from the placement test, all the students are required to sit, at no extra charge, for the TEF (Test d’Evaluation du Francais) which is standardized evaluation of the student proficiency in French. A session is organized at the beginning and at the end of each Academic year at specified dates. The TEF is supervised by the Chamber of Industry and Business of Paris and has international recognition.I.fle is an examination centre for the TEF (see www.fda.ccip.fr). The latest TEF results are handed out to each student at the closing ceremony.

All students must participate in the outings designated as cultural tours. These tours are an integral part of the instructional program. Record will be taken. Specific assignments and instruction will be given to those who choose these tours as elective for credits.

Certificates and Diplomas

The Institute prepares the students for DELF (Diplome d'Etudes en Langue Francaise) and DALF (Diplome Approfondi de Langue Francaise) which are official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language.

There are two levels of DALF:  Level C1 & C2.  The latest is considered as the level of a French speaking university student.  I.fle prepares students to the level C1.  Only advanced students with very high proficiency can seat for level C2.

Students with the DALF C1 wishing to enter a French university are exempt from linguistic entry examinations.

Fees for the DELF-DALF diploma will be paid by the school.

The Institute will make it possible for those who desire to pass the TCF for international bodies, a French language test awarded by the French Ministry of Education.


  • Diplome d'etudes en langue francaise A1 - basic user (DELF A1). This level recognizes 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.
  • Diplome d'etudes en langue francaise A2 - basic user (DELF A2). DELF A2 is based on the same principle:  it recognizes 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.
  • Diplôme d'etudes en langue francaise B1 - independent user (DELF B1). 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.

Upper Division:  Specialization Study

  • Diplôme d'etudes en langue francaise B2 - independent user (DELF B2)
    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.
  • Diplome approfondi de langue francaise (DALF) C1 - Proficient user - option sciences sociales et humaines.
    Language users at level C1 are independent. They can express themselves fluently and spontaneously.  They have a large vocabulary and can choose the appropriate expression to introduce their comments.  They can produce clear, well-structured discourse without hesitation which shows controlled use of structures.
  • Diplome approfondi de langue francaise (DALF) C2 - Proficient user - option sciences sociales et humaines.
    C2 users profiency in the language is illustrated by precision, appropriateness and fluency of expression.  C2 candidates are capable of using the language for academic and advanced-level purposes.

The DELF and DLF qualifications are consistent with:

  • international standards for test development (www.alte.org)
  • the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (www.coe.int)

The DELF and DALF qualifications are under the authority of the Commission Nationale du DELF et du DALF (National Commission for DELF and DALF) whose headquarter are at the CIEP (Centre International d'etudes pedagogiques).  The 6 diplomas that make up DELF and DALF are completely independent.  This means that candidates can register for the examination of their choice, according to their level.  At each level, 4 skills are evaluated:  listening, speaking, reading and writing.

At the institute, a personalized advice will be given to each student for registration.  These diplomas are controlled by the French Universities.  Application is in March or April. Session is in mid May.  The precise dates of exams are given at the beginning of each school year. 

Students who take the following elective classes during ther school year:

- First quarter:  FREN 376 French Civilization
- Second quarter: FREN/PLSC 374 European Institutions
- Third quarter: FREN/PLSC 375 International Organizations

will have a diploma in French language with a mention in international bodies, intergovernmental organizations delivererd by the IFLS.


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