(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 offers Advanced French Classes for its students who wish to keep their French after completing their immersion education at the School. 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 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 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, alleviating the previous need to travel to Boston to take the DELF exams. L’EFDM is the only test center in the state of Maine and North of Boston
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.
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 student 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 September 25th 2023 thru May 24th 2024.
Semester 1: Week of September 25th, 2023-November 17th, 2023
Semester 2: Week of November 27th, 2023-February 2nd, 2024
Semester 3: Week of February 5th, 2024-March 29th, 2024
Semester 4: Week of April 1st, 2024-May 24th, 2024
Middle school level class: B1 Preparation on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Middle/High school level class: B2 Preparation on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Please note that the CIEP charges 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 in the next month.
No classes will be held during the school vacation weeks or snow days.
(Classes canceled due to snow days will not be rescheduled).