Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Advanced Classes for Middle and High School Students, DELF preparation

Advanced Middle and High School After School French Classes:  DELF

Starting in the fall of 2012-2013, L’Ecole Française du Maine will be offering Advanced French Classes for our students who wish to keep up their French after completing their immersion education at the School.  We offer this class primarily to meet our former school 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 program 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 afterschool 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 out of classroom assignments. We understand that students will already be carrying full academic loads in their current middle and high schools.

The classes will prepare the students for the DELF exams. The Diplôme d'études en 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'études pédagogiques, or CIEP) for France's Ministry of Education.

DELF Exams
The DELF Exam (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française), designed by the CIEP (Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques), 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. Scores are valid for life.
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.

Enrollment form: DELF

Please complete and return to:

L’Ecole Française du Maine
PO Box 737
South Freeport, ME 04078

Student’s Name: _________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________
School: _________________________________________________
Grade: _________________________________________________

Classes will run by 10-week sessions per Semester on Wednesday afternoons:
Middle / High School level classes: DELF Junior A1/A2 Preparation from 4:00-5:30
Fees for the course are: $ 375 per semester / session.

Semester 1:
September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 28, December 5.
Tentative Exam Date: December 12, 2012

Semester 2:
January 23, February 6, 27, March 13, 27, April 3, 24, May 1, 15, 29.
Tentative Exam Date: June 5, 2013

No classes will be held during the school vacation weeks or on holidays or snow days.

Test fees are in addition to the class fees and are still to be determined.

Thank you for enclosing a deposit of $100 to complete your registration.
The balance will be due in full by the first class on September 12, 2012.