The Diploma in French Language Studies (DELF) and the Advanced Diploma in French Language (DALF) were created by ministerial decree on 22 May 1985. In 2020, these diplomas celebrate 35 years.
DELF and DALF are state diplomas from the Ministry of National Education and Youth. They are administered by France Éducation international. Often needed by large end users, such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the Ministry of Culture (architecture and art schools), and the Ministry of the Interior, DELF and DALF are thus perfectly integrated into the State's sovereign missions: integration, naturalisation, international cooperation, insertion, international mobility, and employment.
In the crisis we are going through with the COVID-19 pandemic, France Éducation international was determined to share this anniversary with all of its partners and the various actors involved in the daily dissemination and management of DELF and DALF in France and all over the world.
These French-language certificates are high-stakes tools. First of all for the candidates. With a DELF or DALF, holders can make their life project come true: to enrol in a higher education institution in a French-speaking country, settle permanently in Canada, finalise a French naturalisation process, etc.
On the educational level, FLE (French as a foreign language) centres need DELF and DALF diplomas because they allow them to structure their training offer and to benefit from international recognition. Being an approved DELF-DALF examination centre is a certificate of excellence in itself because of the status of this official certification which intrinsic qualities and design principles based on a methodology are perfectly suited for the levels of the CEFRL.
For all these reasons, France Éducation international is sending a message - through the celebrations for the 35thanniversary of the DELF and DALF - to reassure candidates and examination centres about our teams' commitment to support them in their projects. We should also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who, through their professionalism, involvement, and commitment, have made the DELF and the DALF world's leading French language certificates.
France Éducation international has invited its partners to a special evening (which took place early in March before France went into lockdown) to celebrate the 35th anniversary together.
A poster was created specially for the anniversary; it can be used by examination centres to get back in touch with candidates after being shut down for a time.