(Diplôme d'Etude en Langue Française)


(diplome avancé en langue française)

Advanced Middle and High School After School French Classes

L’Ecole Française du Maine and The French American School of Tampa Bay, offer Advanced French Classes for their students who wish to keep their French after completing their immersion education at the schools. We offer this class primarily to meet our former students’ needs, to keep challenging them, and to help them reach a higher level of fluency in French. Many of these students were enrolled in our French immersion programs for many years or have demonstrated interest in the French language and culture. We also welcome outside students who have had a French experience at some point and who are looking to improve their proficiency in the French language.

The goal of the after-school program is to provide an opportunity for our graduates and other advanced French students to converse in French on a regular basis and to keep up with written skills in a fun and challenging atmosphere. Regular attendance will be required to participate and benefit from the program. While there will be much to learn, there will be limited amount of class assignments. We understand that students will already be carrying full academic loads in their current middle and high schools.

The classes prepare the students for the DELF exams. The Diplôme d’Etudes de Langue Française (DELF) (English: Diploma in French Studies) is a certification of French-Language abilities for non-native speakers of French, administered by the International Centre for French Studies (Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques or CIEP) for France’s Ministry of Education.

L’Ecole Française du Maine has also become an official testing center for the DELF and DALF, managing FASTB, which has also become an official “centre de passation”, alleviating the previous need to travel to take the DELF exams.


The DELF Exam designed by the CIEP is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education certifying a level of fluency in French. Such certifications are useful for school records, as well as college and job applications.


The entire program includes six different units. Each unit leads to an exam and, if successfully passed, to a French diploma. The last levels of the program can give access to French universities without having to take another proficiency test before enrolling in a class.

Typically, French majors in college seek the DELF at the university level, but thanks to their immersion education, our students will be positioned to pass this exam prior to attending university. This is an impressive accomplishment that could exempt the students from foreign language requirements, or allow them to be accepted into higher-level classes sooner than is typical. The institution itself will make the determination, but the DELF will provide the students with an official record of their advanced proficiency in French. Passing the B2/C1 level should waive language proficiency exam if attending a French higher education institution.

Classes run all year long, 4 quarters over the year, starting October 2nd 2019 thru May 20th 2020.

Middle school level class: B1 Preparation on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00pm

Middle/High school level class: B2 Preparation on Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Fees for the first quarter are $320. Fees for the second quarter are $320. Fees for the third quarter are $320. Fees for the fourth quarter are $240. 15% discount for siblings.

Please note that the CIEP charge a separate fee to sign up for the exam. Test fees are in addition to the class fees and are still to be determined. All invoices need to be paid in full before enrolling onto the next month.

No classes will be held during the school vacation weeks or storm days
(Classes canceled due to storm days will not be rescheduled).

DELF Program Application 2019-2020

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