The French ministry of education institutes the DELF exam to verify your French language proficiency. This exam is recognized worldwide and is valid forever.
This makes it a great certificate to have to prove your mastery of the French language in your CV or enroll in any international and French schools.
Guiding you to ace the DELF is one of our end goals at Panda Languages. By providing you with various resources in each part of that including, listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Here’s how to do that.
How to Prepare for a DELF Exam?
To start your DELF preparation journey, practice is key. But before preparing, it’s essential to know the parts which make up the DELF test to accurately choose the materials for that.
The DELF test is composed of four different levels which are:
- Level A1, which is a basic level of the French language. It requires the student to simply introduce themselves and have a good grasp of receiving and directing personal questions.
- Level A2 is the second level which requires some additional knowledge to level A1, such as daily activities.
- Level B1 is the first level in the intermediate zone. It ensures the student is capable of freely expressing themselves in most social situations and engaging successfully with natives.
- Level B2 means you reached a level of native fluency in French. At this level, you’d be able to engage and interact with complex topics.
Each of these levels assesses the proficiency of all language skills, including listening, reading, writing, and speaking. To get started with your DELF test preparation, it’s best to work on each of these skills individually.
As each level of the DELF exam tests the four language skills which are listening, reading, writing, and speaking. To fully prepare for it, you need to improve all of these skills and expand your knowledge. Here’s how to work on them:
The listening part of the DELF exam is divided into two segments; a short one and a longer one. The short one is made up of an interview or some other spoken part accompanied by multiple-choice questions. The longer segment includes a more sophisticated record with some questions.
Here are some recommended tips to help you along:
- Sharpen Your Hearing
Get acquainted with French speech by listening to various audios. French words can be difficult to understand at first so, it’s best to train your ears to how the language is pronounced.
To help you with that, we at Panda Languages provide you with just the right listening books to get used to French pronunciation. Such books are the Perfect Listening/ Écoute Parfaite- French, which includes 100 listening comprehensions to improve from your beginner A1 level to a B2 advanced level.
- Practice makes Perfect
Listening repetitively to French sounds improves your listening skills and makes you more capable of understanding the French language.
At Panda Languages, we ensure your French listening proficiency with our Perfect Listening/ Écoute Parfaite- French with its listening comprehensions that address everyday activities and social interactions to ready you up for your DELF test.
The reading segment of the DELF test is made up of an informative document, as well as, a challenging one.
So, even if it’s best to begin with simple reading comprehensions, it is equally necessary to become familiarized with more challenging ones. This will enable you to be rightly prepared for both parts of the reading segment.
- Read Easy Novels
Reading simple novels to get used to sentence structure and basic grammar while developing a foundational vocabulary. Additionally, you can make use of a bilingual book or a children’s book.
- Start Small
To fully improve your reading skills, it’s best to go easy on yourself and start by reading simple reading comprehensions, then gradually level up.
The best option for that is our Perfect Reading- French at Panda Languages because it covers from A1 level to C1 level. It is an instructional guidebook that will assist you in improving your language proficiency and reading abilities in French with its 150 reading comprehension.
Now for the writing part of the DELF test, it’s essential to be able to express yourself correctly in a written manner. This is because this segment entails giving your personal opinion on a document.
So, it’s best to practice writing in French and ensure your ability to understand different texts.
- Keep a Journal
The best way to achieve writing proficiency in French is to keep a journal to help you start thinking in that language and learn how to express yourself in it.
Writing down what you feel or creating a simple story in French will enhance your writing skills and improve your grammar and vocabulary.
To get you started on your writing practice, our Perfect Writing- French can be a great asset for you. It will help you produce clear and syntactically correct sentences by practicing your French writing skills.
- Expand Your Vocabulary
Expanding your vocabulary and learning new words can affect all four language skills. So, getting the help of a vocabulary book such as our Vocabulary Practice- French Language can be very helpful in your DELF test preparation journey.
Verbal communication is an essential part of the DELF test. To pass the exam, it’s essential to practice clearly speaking French. While it can be frustrating to get French pronunciation correctly, everything gets easier with practice.
– Improve Your Pronunciation
You can do that by speaking up regularly even if you fumble and stutter. Also, consistently listening to native speakers and imitating them can be a great way to improve your speaking skills.
– Listen Intently
While it’s essential to engage in conversations to improve your speaking and increase your confidence, listening is equally necessary. To rightfully acquire the correct pronunciation of words, you should listen intently to native French speakers.
Our listening book Perfect Listening/ Écoute Parfaite- French at Panda Languages can help you with that.
Preparation is key. Passing the DELF test needs only some practice and determination. At Panda Languages, we provide you with a set of different French books to improve all four skills to enable you to ace the test. With us, you’ll reap the harvest of your time and efforts in no time.