DELF B2 Syllabus and Reference Resources

This is a syllabus for the french language level B2. It can be used for all french exams that following the CEFR levels. This includes the DELF B2 level, TCF B2 level as well as TEF B2 level. To download, just select the arrow at the side or the last link at the bottom of the page.

Also remember to check out the A1 – C2 self-assessment checklist pdf in order to evaluate your level and to check what you can do and what areas you need to improve. After check out the wide selection of DELF B2 Mock French Exams and Free french exercise on our site to get yourself ready for your exam.

In order to get to a B2 level in French, you will need the following main competences:

  •     Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation
  •     Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party
  •     Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options

CEFR B2 OVERALL LISTENING COMPREHENSION

  • Can understand standard spoken language, live or broadcast, on both familiar and unfamiliar topics normally encountered in personal, social, academic or vocational life.  Only extreme background noise, inadequate discourse structure and/or idiomatic usage influence the ability to understand.
  • Can understand the main ideas of propositionally and linguistically complex speech on both concrete and abstract topics delivered in a standard dialect, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can follow extended speech and complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar, and the direction of the talk is sign-posted by explicit markers.

 

UNDERSTANDING INTERACTION BETWEEN NATIVE SPEAKERS

  • Can keep up with an animated conversation between native speakers.
  • Can with some effort catch much of what is said around him/her, but may find it difficult to participate effectively in discussion with several native speakers who do not modify their language in any way.

 

LISTENING AS A MEMBER OF A LIVE AUDIENCE

  • Can follow the essentials of lectures, talks and reports and other forms of academic/professional presentation which are propositionally and linguistically complex.

 

LISTENING TO ANNOUNCEMENTS & INSTRUCTIONS

  • Can understand announcements and messages on concrete and abstract topics spoken in standard dialect at normal speed.

 

LISTENING TO RADIO AUDIO & RECORDINGS

  • Can understand recordings in standard dialect likely to be encountered in social, professional or academic life and identify speaker viewpoints and attitudes as well as the information content.
  • Can understand most radio documentaries and most other recorded or broadcast audio material delivered in standard dialect and can identify the speaker’s mood, tone etc.

 

WATCHING TV AND FILM

  • Can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes.  Can understand documentaries, live interviews, talk shows, plays and the majority of films in standard dialect.

 

CEFR B2 OVERALL READING COMPREHENSION

  • Can read with a large degree of independence, adapting style and speed of reading to different texts and purposes, and using appropriate reference sources selectively. Has a broad active reading vocabulary, but may experience some difficulty with low-frequency idioms.

 

READING CORRESPONDENCE

  • Can read correspondence relating to his/her field of interest and readily grasp the essential meaning

 

READING FOR ORIENTATION

  • Can scan quickly through long and complex texts, locating relevant details.
  • Can quickly identify the content and relevance of news items, articles and reports on a wide range of professional topics, deciding whether closer study is worthwhile.

 

READING FOR INFORMATION & ARGUMENT

  • Can obtain information, ideas and opinions from highly specialised sources within his/her field.
  • Can understand specialised articles outside his/her field, provided he/she can use a dictionary occasionally to confirm his/her interpretation of terminology.
  • Can understand articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular stances or viewpoints

 

READING INSTRUCTIONS

  • Can understand lengthy, complex instructions in his field, including details on conditions and warnings, provided he/she can reread difficult sections.

 

CEFR B2 OVERALL SPOKEN INTERACTION

  • Can use the language fluently, accurately and effectively on a wide range of general, academic, vocational or leisure topics, marking clearly the relationships between ideas.
  • Can communicate spontaneously with good grammatical control without much sign of having to restrict what he/she wants to say, adopting a level of formality appropriate to the circumstances.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction, and sustained relationships with native speakers quite possible without imposing strain on either party.
  • Can highlight the personal significance of events and experiences, account for and sustain views clearly by providing relevant explanations and arguments.

UNDERSTANDING A NATIVE SPEAKER INTERLOCUTOR

  • Can understand in detail what is said to him/her in the standard spoken language even in a noisy environment.

 

CONVERSATION

  • Can engage in extended conversation on most general topics in a clearly participatory fashion, even in a noisy environment.
  • Can sustain relationships with native speakers without unintentionally amusing or irritating them or requiring them to behave other than they would with a native speaker.
  • Can convey degrees of emotion and highlight the personal significance of events and experiences.

 

INFORMAL DISCUSSION (WITH FRIENDS)

  • Can keep up with an animated discussion between native speakers
  • Can express his/her ideas and opinions with precision, present and respond to complex lines of argument convincingly.
  • Can take an active part in informal discussion in familiar contexts, commenting, putting point of view clearly, evaluating alternative proposals and making and responding to hypotheses.
  • Can with some effort catch much of what is said around him/her in discussion, but may find it difficult to participate effectively in discussion with several native speakers who do not modify their language in any way.
  • Can account for and sustain his/her opinions in discussion by providing relevant explanations, arguments and comments.

FORMAL DISCUSSION (MEETINGS)

  • Can keep up with an animated discussion, identifying accurately arguments supporting and opposing points of view.
  • Can express his/her ideas and opinions with precision, present and respond to complex lines of argument convincingly.
  • Can participate actively in routine and non routine formal discussion.
  • Can follow the discussion on matters related to his/her field, understand in detail the points given prominence by the speaker.
  • Can contribute, account for and sustain his/her opinion, evaluate alternative proposals and make and respond to hypotheses.

 

GOAL-ORIENTED CO-OPERATION   (e.g. Repairing a car, discussing a document, organising an event)

  • Can understand detailed instructions reliably.
  • Can help along the progress of the work by inviting others to join in, say what they think etc.
  • Can outline an issue or a problem clearly, speculating about causes or consequences, and weighing advantages and disadvantages of different approaches.

 

TRANSACTIONS TO OBTAIN GOODS & SERVICES

  • Can cope linguistically to negotiate a solution to a dispute like an undeserved traffic ticket, financial responsibility for damage in a flat, for blame regarding an accident.
  • Can outline a case for compensation, using persuasive language to demand satisfaction and state clearly the limits to any concession he/she is prepared to make.
  • Can explain a problem which has arisen and make it clear that the provider of the service/customer must make a concession.

 

INFORMATION EXCHANGE

  • Can understand and exchange complex information and advice on the full range of matters related to his/her occupational role. Can pass on detailed information reliably.
  • Can give a clear, detailed description of how to carry out a procedure.
  • Can synthesise and report information and arguments from a number of sources.

 

INTERVIEWING AND BEING INTERVIEWED

  • Can carry out an effective, fluent interview, departing spontaneously from prepared questions, following up and probing interesting replies.
  • Can take initiatives in an interview, expand and develop ideas with little help or prodding from an interviewer.

 

CEFR B2 OVERALL WRITTEN INTERACTION

  • Can express news and views effectively in writing, and relate to those of others.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

  • Can write letters conveying degrees of emotion and highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences and commenting on the correspondent’s news and views

 

CEFR B2 OVERALL SPOKEN PRODUCTION

  • Can give clear, detailed descriptions and presentations on a wide range of subjects related to his/her field of interest, expanding and supporting ideas with subsidiary points and relevant examples.

 

SUSTAINED MONOLOGUE:  Describing Experience

  • Can give clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to his field of interest.

 

SUSTAINED MONOLOGUE:  Putting a Case (e.g. in a Debate)

  • Can develop a clear argument, expanding and supporting his/her points of view at some length with subsidiary points and relevant examples.
  •  Can construct a chain of reasoned argument:  Can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

 

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Can deliver announcements on most general topics with a degree of clarity, fluency and spontaneity which causes no strain or inconvenience to the listener.

 

ADDRESSING AUDIENCES

  • Can give a clear, systematically developed presentation, with highlighting of significant points, and relevant supporting detail.
  • Can depart spontaneously from a prepared text and follow up interesting points raised by members of the audience, often showing remarkable fluency and ease of expression.
  • Can give a clear, prepared presentation, giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view and giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
  • Can take a series of follow up questions with a degree of fluency and spontaneity which poses no strain for either him/herself or the audience.

 

CEFR B2 OVERALL WRITTEN PRODUCTION

  • Can write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to his field of interest, synthesising and evaluating information and arguments from a number of sources

 

CREATIVE WRITING

  • Can write clear, detailed descriptions of real or imaginary events and experiences marking the relationship between ideas in clear connected text, and following established conventions of the genre concerned.
  • Can write clear, detailed descriptions on a variety of subjects related to his/her field of interest.
  • Can write a review of a film, book or play.

 

REPORTS & ESSAYS

  • Can write an essay or report that develops an argument systematically with appropriate highlighting of significant points and relevant supporting detail.
  • Can evaluate different ideas or solutions to a problem.
  • Can write an essay or report which develops an argument, giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
  • Can synthesise information and arguments from a number of sources.

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