Academic DELF Classes
Programs for All French Levels ages 12 and up
The Senior Academy provides students ages 12 and up (of appropriate French proficiency) with a unique opportunity to practice their French outside of the traditional classroom and, at the same time, work towards the DELF Junior diploma awarded by the Common European Framework References for Language Ability (CEFR)
What To Expect:
The course curriculum, which has been developed in consultation with a number of experienced French immersion teachers, has been tailored to meet the specific needs of French Second Language learners. It involves the students learning to communicate effectively in French while simultaneously paying increased attention to the quality of language in all four main language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing).
The students will benefit from the small class size, discussions on topics highly relevant to children and teens and instruction with efficient constructive feedback provided by a French native speaker and highly-experienced FSL professors.
How They Work:
- Sessions are offered for all levels of French to students of all different French backgrounds.
- These classes are offered all year round for a 10-week semester and each class runs for 90 minutes a week as well as independent work assignments weekly.
- The program targets optional DELF assessment and certification at the end of the course.
- All of our classes are limited to a maximum of 8 students.
- Students are also asked to commit to an additional 30 minutes of reinforcement work per week at home.
- The program may culminate with a DELF assessment and certification for those students who have achieved the appropriate level (done by an external certification organization).
- Sessions 1 and 2 for each level (eg: B1.1 and B1.2) are not progressive and can be taken in any order. The Final session for each level (eg: B1-Final) can only be attended upon recommendation from our professors and represent the final session for that level and preparation to the next level.
- Important: Depending on the student’s learning progress, we may recommend that he/she attends up to 3 sessions in the level which he/she is enrolled before transferring to the next level. The curriculum varies for each sessions accordingly.
- Senior Academy: French virtual classes are offered at $350 per semester.
- Semesters are 10 weeks of 90 minutes classes plus an expectation of 30 minutes of independent work.
- Our programs are tax exempt.
To ensure that your child is placed in the correct group and in the interest of their overall success, it is a requirement that each child takes the following online assessment.
Click here to access the assessment. There is no cost to take this assessment.
You will first be asked to select which of the four levels (A1, A2, B1, or B2) you would like to attempt. Please read the description with your child, and select the test that is most reflective of their current abilities. An honest assessment of your child’s abilities helps us to better place them with peers of the same level, and ensure their success in the program. As such, please only complete the assessment once and without outside aides. Once sessions have begun in September, there is the possibility that your child will be asked to change groups should our staff feel that a different level be more appropriate.
Once completing the test, please send a screenshot of the result of the test to firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s name, as well as your preferred session based on his or her result. We will assign the spot on a first come first serve basis.
DELF is an official diploma awarded by the Common European Framework Reference for Language Ability (CEFR) that certifies the French language competency of candidates outside of France. This diploma is valid for life and is recognized throughout the world.
- The DELF exam tests the A1 and A2 levels, which are seen as beginner or “basic”;
- The B1 and B2 levels, which are intermediate or “independent.”
- The DALF tests C1 and C2, which are referred to as advanced or “proficient.”
- DELF A-1: 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.
- DELF A-2: At this level, the language user is considered a social actor. He/she can communicate with others during simple and routine tasks requiring the most common polite phrases and exchanges of information.
- DELF B-1: At this level, the language user becomes independent. He/she can maintain interaction: understanding and maintaining a discussion and giving opinions. The language user is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life.
The DELF exam/certification is at an extra cost and is held twice a year by an external organisation.
- Certification at the B2 level in high school is recognized by the Canadian government and larger corporations as a confirmation of bilingualism qualifying the candidate for a position requiring bilingualism.
- It is not yet recognized by any school boards as a high school credit, however, several boards are now beginning to require their French immersion grade 12 graduate to pass the B2 certification.
- Certifications for any other levels is to confirm progression of the students but is not required
The three key concepts that form the basis of our programs include:
- Attention to both meaning and language form – particularly efficient language activities have been shown to draw learners’ attention to how they’re expressing themselves (“form”) while keeping what they are saying in mind as well (“meaning”). This teaching approach was first called “the form-focused instruction” in 1997 by Canada’s very own leading international expert on instructed second language acquisition, professor Nina Spada. It has been shown to be particularly well suited to the language needs of students enrolled in intensive FSL programs such as French Immersion or Extended French.
- Constructive feedback – frequent and varied feedback provided to the students by the instructor has been shown to play a pivotal role in successful language teaching. The language acquisition resulting from feedback provided during communicative and contextualized lessons is significantly more likely to be successfully transferred to spontaneous language use outside the classroom.
- Working in students’ Zone of Proximal Development – education theory points us to the Zone of Proximal Development as developed by psychologist Lev Vygotsky, which essentially translates to pushing students out of their comfort zone, towards where they can grow with guidance. By giving students entry points where they are currently succeeding in the language, and pushing them to that next step, their language skills are developed in such a way that they never feel lost or out of control, and they feel comfortable to take risks when communicating in French.