When you are making progress in a language, there are certain certifications that allow you to measure your progress. One of them is the
CERF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Which divides the progress you make into the following categories:
A1 - Beginner
A2 - Elementary
B1 - Intermediate
B2 - Upper-intermediate
C1 - Advanced
C2 - Proficient
Today we’ll focus on the B1 level.
If you get to this point, you'll be able to construct more complicated sentences in order to communicate.
You can write a concise and coherent text about a topic you like and have knowledge about. Can tell a story about an event or a personal experience, and explain why or how a project or concept came to be.
You can comprehend the major points of plain standard speech on topics that you are familiar with. at job, school, or hobbies.
Most situations that arise when traveling in a location where the language is spoken can be handled.
It’s important to mention that each level can be evaluated into the following categories:
Listening: You’ll be able to understand the main points from a normal conversation about familiar topics like family, work, and hobbies. As well as understanding the language in many situations and locations.
Speaking: You’ll be able to engage in conversations about regular topics with most native speakers and they’ll be able to understand you properly.
Writing: You can write texts about yourself and the things that interest you. If you research a topic thoughtfully, you’ll be able to synthesize the information accordingly.
Reading: You will be able to read texts like magazines, newspapers, and blog articles. You can start reading easygoing books with no specific or scientific information.
A B1 French level can be really useful since most abroad educative programs will ask you for this level in order to accept you to go there study.
With a B1 level in French, you are no longer a beginner, you can now express yourself and your point of view, and visiting a French-speaking country will be a whole new experience, you’ll be able to properly communicate with the people around you, your learning experience will be more much richer, and as you learn more about the country and its culture your French will get better too.
You have to certify your French level with the proper organization. The French Ministry of Education awards the official diplomas DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) and the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi en Langue Française) are the most important and more accepted ones. In the case of B1, The DELF certificate is the one to prepare for.
The DELF test for a B1 French level will be divided into four evaluations, writing, reading, speaking, and listening.
You’ll receive your results within a month, and the certificate will last for life, so don’t worry about timing when to take it.
The Alliance Française Silicon Valley can prepare you for your B1 French certification, through private tuition. This personalized training and flexible scheduling method is a great way to get ready before your exam. Visit our website for more details or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find all the information on our DELF DALF information page.
So, as a summary, among the skills required to have a B1 French level certificate, you should be able to:
It's worth noting that the proficiency levels are not absolute and different examination boards may have slightly different requirements.
By Alejandro Ramirez G
Alliance Française Silicon Valley
14107 Winchester Blvd. Suite T,
Los Gatos, CA 95032