​​DELF B1 for schools and junior version speaking test

​​Presentation and proceedings of DELF B1 for schools and junior version oral production

Production orale DELF B1 scolaire et Junior
DELF B1 for schools and junior version speaking test lasts between 10 to 15 minutes and is in three parts: a guided conversation without preparation (2 to 3 minutes), an interactive exercise without preparation (3 to 4 minutes) and expressing an opinion with preparation (5 to 7 minutes). The candidate has 10 minutes of preparation only for the 3rd part. This preparation takes place before the entire test.

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The whole DELF B1 for schools and junior version oral production is on 25 points. It is a quarter of the total mark of DELF B1 for schools and junior version which is on 100. Each other skill (listening, reading, writing) is also on 25 points. To get the diploma, you must have 50/100 minimum and get  a minimum of 5/25 at each skill. If you get under 5 at one skill, it is a eliminatory mark even if you get 50/100 minimum at all. For example, if you get a total mark of 56/100 but you have 4/25 at one skill, you are eliminated. and you do not get the diploma.

​​Video of an example of DELF B1 for schools and junior version speaking test

The video below is an example of DELF B1 for schools and junior version oral production:​

1st part of DELF B1 for schools and junior version speaking test: guided conversation

The guided conversation of DELF B1 for schools and junior version oral production lasts between 2 to 3 minutes. This part will make the candidate comfortable by talking about him, his activities, his interests, his past, his present and his projects. It takes place in interaction on the mode of a formal interview. The examiner will begin the dialogue with a question such as “Bonjour, pouvez-vous vous présenter, s’il vous plaît ?”. = “Good morning, can you please introduce yourself?”.

Following the candidate’s presentation and depending on what the candidate has said, the examiner will continue the interview by asking questions. For example: “Où avez-vous passé vos dernières vacances ?” = “Where did you spend your last vacation?”, “Qu’est-ce que vous êtes en train d’étudier ?” = “What are you studying?”, “Que voulez-vous faire plus tard ?” = “What do you want to do later?” or “Parlez-moi de vos passe-temps préférés.” = Tell me about your favourite pastimes.”

This part is scored on 3 points out of the 25 points assigned to DELF A2 for schools and junior version speaking test. For this part, there are two assessment criteria:

1) Peut parler de soi avec un certaine assurance en donnant informations, raisons et explications relatives à ses centres d’intérêt, projets et actions. (Can speak about himself with some confidence by giving information, reasons and explanations relating to his interests, projects and actions.) = 2 points.

2) ​Peut aborder sans préparation un échange sur un sujet familier avec une certaine assurance. (Can discuss a familiar subject without preparation with some assurance.) = 1 point.

​​2nd part of DELF B1 for schools and junior version speaking test: interactive exercise

The interactive exercise of DELF B1 for schools and junior version oral production lasts between 3 to 4 minutes. Here, the candidate must play the role indicated in the subject.

This part is rated on 5 points out of the 25 points assigned to the DELF B1 for schools and junior version oral production. For this part, there are three assessment criteria:

1) Peut faire face sans préparation à des situations même un peu inhabituelles de la vie courante (respect de la situation et des codes sociolinguistiques). = Can cope without preparation with even unusual situations of everyday life (respect for the situation and sociolinguistic codes) = 1 point.

2) Peut adapter les actes de parole à la situation. (Can adapt words to the situation.) = 2 points.

3) ​Peut répondre aux sollicitations de l’interlocuteur (vérifier et confirmer des informations, commenter le point de vue d’autrui, etc.). = Can respond to interlocutor’s requests (checking and confirming information, commenting on others’ views, etc.) = 2 points.

​​3rd part of DELF B1 for schools and junior version speaking test: expressing an opinion

Expressing an opinion of DELF B1 for schools and junior version oral production lasts between 5 to 7 minutes. Here, the candidate must identify the theme raised by the document and present his opinion in the form of a personal presentation.

This part is rated on 5 points out of the 25 points assigned to the DELF B1 for schools and junior version oral production. For this part, there are three assessment criteria:

1) Peut présenter d’une manière simple et directe le sujet à développer. (Can present in a simple and direct way the subject to be developed.) = 1 point.

2) Peut présenter et expliquer avec assez de précision les points principaux d’une réflexion personnelle. (Can present and explain fairly accurately the main points of a personal reflection.) = 2.5 points.

3) ​Peut relier une série d’éléments en un discours assez clair pour être suivi sans difficulté la plupart du temps. (Can connect a series of elements into a speech that is clear enough to be followed without difficulty most of the time.) = 1,5 point

​​Assessment of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation of DELF B1 for schools and junior version speaking test

As we saw above, the three parts of the DELF B1 for schools and junior version oral production are on 13 points on the 25 points of the DELF B1 for schools and junior speaking test. To be simple, the assessment criteria of those three parts correspond with practical, pragmatic skills. The 12 points left are assessed on the language control: lexicon (vocabulary), morphosyntax (grammar), phonological system (pronunciation) and for the whole two parts. The assessment criteria are:

1) Lexicon (vocabulary range and accuracy): possède un vocabulaire suffisant pour s’exprimer sur des sujets courants, si nécessaire à l’aide de périphrases ; des erreurs sérieuses se produisent encore quand il s’agit d’exprimer une pensée plus complexe. (Has sufficient vocabulary to express himself on common subjects, if necessary with periphrases; serious errors still occur when it comes to expressing a more complex thought) = 4 points.

2) Morphosyntax: maîtrise bien la structure de la phrase simple et les phrases complexes les plus courantes. Fait preuve d’un bon contrôle malgré de nettes influences de la langue maternelle. (Has good command of the structure of the simple sentence and the most common complex sentences. Demonstrates good control despite strong mother tongue influences.) = 5 points.

3) Control of the phonological system: peut s’exprimer sans aide malgré quelques problèmes de formulation et des pauses occasionnelles. La prononciation est claire et intelligible malgré des erreurs ponctuelles. (Can express himself without help despite some problems of formulation and occasional breaks. The pronunciation is clear and intelligible despite occasional errors) = 3 points.

Further information on DELF B1 for schools and junior version speaking test

You may consult and download the instructions, the assessment grid and past exam papers of the DELF B1 for schools and junior version oral production on this page: ​DELF B1 for schools and junior version sample papers.

We recommend to you to work on the last version of the DELF B1 for schools and junior version speaking test assessment grid. We advise you to well study this assessment grid because it is on it that you will be assess and mark. So, if you well control the assessment criteria and you fit them well, you will get the maximum of points.