Certifications are a great way to get a very useful official recognition in the country where the target language is spoken.
For Whom ?
At which levels ?
From A0 to B2.
Which language skills can you improve with this program?
According to the certification criteria:
- Reactivating passive knowledge
- Mastering grammar
- Developing writing skills
- Developing fluency and oral spontaneity
- Enriching vocabulary
- Improving pronunciation
- Enhancing listening comprehension
- Mastering idioms
Diplôme d'aptitude en langue française (French Language Aptitude Diploma):
- DELF scolaire
- DELF 1° degré
- DELF 2° degré
Diplôme approfondi en langue française (French Language Advanced Diploma):
With the DALF, you can be accepted into French universities without taking a language test.
Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal: CNaVT
Profile tourist and informal language proficiency - PTIT
For those who want to maintain social contacts with their Dutch-speaking family or friends. Also for those who want to demonstrate that they can manage as a tourist in a Dutch-speaking area, or for those who want to communicate with Dutch-speaking tourists in a non-professional context in their own country.
Profile societal language proficiency - PMT
For those who have an interest in the Dutch language and culture or want to live in the Netherlands or Belgium for an extended period of time.
Profile professional language proficiency - PPT
For those who would like to work in an administrative or service-oriented profession and therefore need Dutch (e.g. as a secretary or bank employee).
Profile language proficiency higher education - PTHO
For those who would like to study at a Dutch-speaking college of higher education or university.
Profile academic language proficiency - PAT
For those who have neared completion of their education in Dutch as a foreign language or for those who would like to teach Dutch as a foreign language. It is also for people who want to work in a Dutch-speaking academic environment, e.g. as a researcher.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication.
IELTS tests all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. The IELTS Speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a certified Examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.
ELTS test takers can choose between two versions of the test – Academic or General Training – depending on their academic or professional aims, or visa requirements. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking components but different Reading and Writing components.
IELTS Academic measures the English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher education environment. IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. This version of the test is also often a visa requirement for those planning to migrate to English speaking countries including Australia, the UK, and New Zealand.
The Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 certificate requires very simple language skills. The examination corresponds to the first degree (A1) of the six levels of competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The Goethe-Zertifikat A2: Start Deutsch 2 certificate requires very simple language skills. The examination corresponds to the second level (A2) of the six levels of competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The Goethe-Zertifikat B1 is a German exam for teenagers and adults.
It sanctions a linguistic level of an independent user and corresponds to the third degree (B1) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages which has six.
The Goethe-Zertifikat B2 certificate requires an advanced level of German. The examination corresponds to the fourth degree (2) of the six levels of competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The Goethe-Zertifikat C1 certificate assumes an advanced language level. It corresponds to the fifth degree (C1) of the six levels of competence of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The Goethe-Zertifikat C2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom has replaced the three degrees Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP), Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS) and Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS).
DELE: Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language
Diplomas of Spanish as a foreign language (DELE) are officially recognized. They certify a level of competence and fluency in Spanish. They are issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.
The Cervantes Institute is responsible for the organization of the examinations, while the University of Salamanca (Spain) is responsible for the elaboration, marking and final grade of all examinations.
Depending on the language skills, six levels of Spanish as a foreign language are offered:
A1 Level Spanish Diploma (first)
This level testifies that the candidate is able to manage with a basic vocabulary in situations of communication in connection with immediate needs and themes of everyday life.
A2 Level Spanish Diploma (Springboard)
This level testifies that the candidate is able to understand frequently used phrases and expressions that are related to experiences of special interest to him (basic information about himself and his family, about a purchase situation, places of interest, recreation, etc.).
Level B1 Spanish Diploma (threshold)
This level testifies that the candidate can understand the key points of clear texts, which have been written in a standard language and which deal with topics that are known to him, in connection with work, studies or hobbies. He can cope with most of the situations he may encounter during a trip to places where Spanish is spoken. He is able to write simple and coherent texts on themes that are familiar to him or to what he is interested in. Finally, he can describe experiences, events, wishes and desires, as well as briefly justify his opinions or explain his projects.
B2 Level Spanish Diploma (Advanced)
This level certifies that the candidate is able to communicate with people whose mother tongue is Spanish. It is expressed in a clear and natural way, so that communication takes place without any interlocutor having to make any effort. He writes clear and detailed texts on various topics. He knows how to defend a point of view on general topics, indicating the advantages and disadvantages of each possibility. Finally, he understands the main ideas of complex texts, on concrete or abstract subjects, even if they are technical, as long as they remain in a familiar field.
C1 Level Spanish Diploma (operational)
This level testifies that the candidate possesses sufficient linguistic skills to understand long and relatively complex texts, as well as to grasp in them what is implicit. He expresses himself with fluency and spontaneity, without making any effort to find an expression. He is able to use Spanish flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Finally, it is able to write clear, well-structured and detailed texts on topics with a certain complexity, by demonstrating a correct use of the mechanisms of organization, articulation and cohesion of the text.
C2 Spanish Diploma (Master's degree)
This level testifies that the candidate possesses the linguistic skills necessary to manage in any situation effectively, by showing a spontaneous capacity of adaptation to all the contexts, with a high level of precision. The user shows a subtle mastery of language nuances, which gives a natural fluidity to all his interventions.
CILS (Certificate of Italian as a foreign language)
It is the official diploma that reveals the degree of competence in communication in Italian as a foreign language. The Siena University for Foreigners issues the CILS Certification which is recognized by the Italian State under a framework agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The six CILS levels are:
Level A1 concerns the beginning of the learning process of Italian.
Level A2 attests an initial competence in the process of formation, in the ability to communicate in Italian.
Level 1 - B1 guarantees the ability to communicate in the most frequent situations of everyday life.
Level 2 - B2 allows to communicate effectively in a context of studies or work during a stay in Italy. Also allows non-EU nationals to enroll in Italian universities without having to pass the test of the Italian language knowledge.
Level 3 - C1 is a higher level of linguistic-communicative competence.
Level 4 - C2 demonstrates an advanced level of skills. It also allows you to master a wide range of communication situations. Level 4 attests the communication skills that a foreigner should have to use the Italian language in the workplace: it is the appropriate level to teach Italian as a second language.