The Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools recognizes that international language credentialing may be of interest to some students and families who wish to work or study internationally.
Language credentialing is an evaluation of language competency for second language speakers based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is a standardized assessment of language proficiency recognized internationally that is administered by a partner organization.
Upon successful completion at each level students receive a diploma. Four areas of communication: oral production, written production, listening comprehension and written comprehension are assessed.
Benefits of Language Credentialing
Language credentialing is for you if you want to:
- work in other countries
- measure and certify your skills on a global scale
- have a language diploma valid throughout the world
- gain new responsibilities to enhance your career
- enhance your resume
- study at a university in another language
- have your second language abilities recognized for professional or personal purposes
Using your Language Credentials
Language credentialing can be used in a variety of contexts. Some examples include:
- An employee can present credentials to indicate language proficiency
- An employer can request language credentials in order to ensure a certain level of efficiency
- A parent can use language credentialing to assess the progress and/or the proficiency level of their child
- A student may use it to establish language proficiency at a university where the language of instruction is different from their first language
- A student may use it to establish the next step in their language learning
Different countries have different regulations regarding language credentialing for university entrance. In addition, many universities are now accepting language credentialing (generally at the B2 level) as a way for students to meet the language requirement. As each university is different, it is advisable to check with the institution.
Language credentials are valid for life, much like a university degree.
Successful candidates will receive a letter and a diploma indicating their results.
Language Credentialing Exams
Students have the opportunity to take the DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue française) as part of our French immersion programs.
A1 Level is done in grade 5 Late Immersion
A2 Level is done in grade 5 Immersion
B1 Level is done in grade 9 Immersion
B2 Level is done in grade 12 Immersion
The DELF is under the auspices of the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP) and administered through DELF centers worldwide. You can find exam resources and additional information on the DELF website.