Signing of DELF Accords in Louisiana
On January 13, 2016, Mr. Karl Cogard, Head of Educational Affairs at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and Ms. Michelle Haj-Broussard, President of the Louisiana Consortium of Immersion Schools, signed a historic agreement integrating the Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française (DELF) into Louisiana’s immersion schools.
The DELF exam and diploma is an official certification of French language proficiency awarded by the French Ministry of Education. It is internationally recognized and valid for life. The DELF PRIM is the first of these diplomas, offered to students ages 8-12.
Just as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam measures the English language ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in American universities, the DELF facilitates access for foreigners to French universities. Thanks to the signing of the DELF accords, higher education in France is an even more attainable goal for Louisiana’s immersion school students.
Since 2013, exam enrollment in Louisiana has increased each year, reaching over 300 students in 2015.
“Louisiana is the first state in the U.S. to sign this amazing agreement,” says Consul General Grégor Trumel, “This is a big step forward, and it shows the incredible determination and achievement of Louisiana’s immersion schools.
The DELF exam will be integrated into the immersion school curriculum of many school districts beginning this school year, 2016.
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