The DELF, Diplôme d’Etude en Langue Française or "Certificate of French Language Studies" is is an internationally recognized official accreditation awarded by the French Education Ministry to prove the French language skills of non-French candidates. These diplomas are valid for life.
There are six independent diplomas, which correspond, respectively, to the six levels of the Council of Europe' s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The diploma is recognized by the 27 countries of the European Union. It has been developed by The Ministry of National Education of France. The examinations for the DELF will be held locally.
Each examination comprises sections testing the four skills: oral production and reception and written production and reception.
Holders of the DELF B2 or DALF diplomas are exempted from language entrance examinations in French universities.
As a guideline, it takes about 60-70-hours of training to be certified at the basic the A1 level and about 200-hours to reach the A2-level.
For the Independent level, the B1 requires approximately 400-hours and the B2 650-hours.
There are also special versions of DELF diplomas for adolescents. These are structured in the same way as the adult version, but the themes used are chosen to suit pre-adolescent and adolescent candidates.
All exams include reading comprehension, writing, listening comprehension, grammar and vocabulary and oral expression.
From: Centre international d’études pédagogiques. Département évaluation et certifications
DELE, "Diploma Español como Lengua Extranjera" or Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language is an internationally recognized official accreditation of the level of competence in Spanish. It is issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain and is equivalent of the DELF for French. These diplomas are valid for life.
The Instituto Cervantes is the institution in charge of organizing the exams, while the University of Salamanca is in charge of the preparation, correction and final evaluation of all the tests. Exams are held locally in the city. The 6 levels of certification are as fellow:
• A1: Beginners proficiency.
• A2: Advanced beginner proficiency.
• B1: Intermediate proficiency.
• B2: Advanced proficiency.
• C1: Highly advanced proficiency.
• C2: Nearly native proficiency.
All exams include grammar and vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing, listening comprehension and oral expression.