Exemple d’épreuve de DALF C1 – La synthèse


Voici un exemple d’épreuve de DALF C1 proposé par le CIEP:


Sur le lien suivant, vous trouverez une description des compétences requises au niveau C1:


L’exercice nouveau par rapport aux niveaux précédents (B1 et B2)  est la synthèse de documents, c’est ce dont nous parlerons.

Voici tout d’abord une explication de ce qu’est une synthèse, ainsi que des conseils pour la rédiger correctement:



Il est difficile de trouver sur Internet des ‘exemples concrets de synthèses rédigées, c’est pourquoi j’en propose quelques-uns, qui sont loin d’être parfaits, mais donnent une idée de ce que l’on attend d’un candidat.

Proposition 1:

proposition de synthèse sur la défense des animaux pour l’exemple de DALF proposé ci-dessus:

synthese defense des animaux

Proposition 2: 

synthèse sur le commerce équitable.

Les textes sur lesquels il faut travailler sont sur le site suivant : http://www.ciep.fr/delfdalf/documents/DALF_C1_exemple2.pdf, pages 9…

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Making Headway – Registering at a French University.

My Husband Drives A Lemon

language school

A couple of months ago I threw a book into the dustbin. I have never thrown a book away before, but then again I have never disliked a book enough to warrant doing so. What was the book, you might ask? Humiliating an author is not very ‘bon esprit’ but some may recognise the book  nevertheless.

Every so often I pick up a book written by an author who has started a new life abroad. Most are amusing or heart-rending or downright outrageous tales of  courage or mishap in the face of adversity. The particular tale that ended in the waste-paper basket was one in which a woman had simply given up her life abroad. Of course many have given up on a life inundated with drama and catastrophe, and there is nothing wrong with that; but the author of the book in question had given up on their dream…

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Debrief on the DALF C1

Insightful post on the experience of preparing for and taking the DALF C1


As promised IRL to a few people, I wanted to write a debrief on the DALF C1 which I took last month.  My advice can be summed up in one phrase: Just showing up is 80% of the battle. One you have hit a certain level in French, the only thing you need for the DALF is to learn the strategies on how to take the test and PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE.  I was in class two hours a week and probably worked two to four hours a week on homework on top of it.

The test is in four parts:

1. Oral comprehension: If you don’t have this on lock, this is the hardest part of the test. You either have it or you don’t, and the only way to get better at it is to listen to the radio and tv or podcasts.  Some of the review books…

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Making Time for Language Study

The challenge of making space in your life for language learning


The following post is my own version of Jarvis1000’s post on making time for language learning. I was really inspired by his post so I wanted to share it with my own experience and how I work language study into my day to day life.

I don’t tell a whole lot of people this, but I have both a full time job (people don’t know this part) and a full time music career (most people know this part) and so the time I can spend studying language is sometimes limited. For me, practice often takes priority. And besides that, at the end of a full nine hour work day, one of the last things I want to do is study or keep working (or practicing 😦 ), so finding time to dedicate to language learning isn’t always easy. Learning another language has to be something you really want to…

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