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Preparation for DELE examination


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The Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) are official qualifications certifying the degree of competence and mastery of Spanish, granted by Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Ministry of Education of Spain.

 

The DELE examination provides for all the different variants of the Spanish language. They are all considered as valid to obtain the diploma.

 

The DELE examinations have been designed following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe, which ensures a practical way of establishing a standard, international and objective measurement of the level that should be reached at each teaching stage, and in evaluating results.

 

The University of Salamanca collaborates with Instituto Cervantes in designing exam papers and in grading the tests leading to the Diplomas in Spanish.

 

There are five yearly sittings for this diploma: April, May, July, October and November, allthough not all levels are tested in every sitting. The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the examination center in this city.

 

The Gran Canaria School of Languages prepares (but not examines) students for every level of this Diploma. Classes are given as private tuition and sample examinations are used to test the student's skills.

 

There are 6 levels of Diplomas in Spanish according to the e CEFR: 

Diploma in Spanish Level A1.

Diploma in Spanish Level A2.

Diploma in Spanish Level B1.

Diploma in Spanish Level B2.

Diploma in Spanish Level C1.

Diploma in Spanish Level C2.

 

Description:

 

A1

DELE A1

 

This Diploma is the first of the six learning levels proposed in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe.

 

Level-A1 DELE examination (DELE A1) enables students to access the Spanish-speaking world, improves their academic education and provides them with confidence to continue advancing towards the other levels.

 

This Diploma accredits that students will be able to use elementary language in communication situations involving immediate needs or very common everyday matters.

 

DELE A1 is, therefore, an internationally recognized certification tool that connects people from their first contact with Spanish and evaluates their level in Spanish from the beginning of their studies.

 

The DELE A1 examination consists of different tests, organized in two groups:

  • Group 1 (Reading and writing skills): Reading comprehension (45 minutes) and written expression and interaction (25 minutes).

  • Group 2 (Speaking skills): Listening comprehension (20 minutes) and oral expression and interaction (15 minutes).

A "passing" grade is required for each of the group of tests that a candidate sits during the same examination session.

 

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points. A minimum score of 33 is necessary for each of the two groups in order to receive an overall "passing" grade.

 

The final grade is either PASS or FAIL .

 

Sample examination papers: http://diplomas.cervantes.es/informacion-general/nivel-a1.html

 

A2

DELE A2

 

Level-A2 DELE examination (DELE A2) is the second step after accessing the language of Spanish-speaking countries.

 

This Diploma accredits that students can understand commonly-used everyday phrases and expressions related to areas of experience especially relevant to them (basic information about themselves and their families, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.).

 

The DELE A2 examination consists of different tests, organized in two groups:

  • Group 1 (Reading and writing skills): Reading comprehension (60 minutes) and written expression and interaction (50 minutes).

  • Group 2 (Speaking skills): Listening comprehension (35 minutes) and oral expression and interaction (15 minutes).

A "passing" grade is required for each of the group of tests that a candidate sits during the same examination session.

 

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points. A minimum score of 33 is necessary for each of the two groups in order to receive an overall "passing" grade.

 

The final grade is either PASS or FAIL.

 

Sample examination papers: http://diplomas.cervantes.es/informacion-general/nivel-a2.html

 

B1

DELE B1 (formerly Intermediate)

 

Level-B1 DELE examination (DELE B1) certifies that candidates already have a level of Spanish which places them at a slightly higher than beginner level.

 

This Diploma accredits language users' capacity to:

  1. Understand the main points of texts spoken and written in standard varieties of Spanish that are not excessively local, provided that they involve well-known topics related to work, studies or everyday life.

  2. Deal with most situations and contexts involving these uses.

  3. Produce simple, coherent texts about well-known topics or issues of personal interest, such as describing experiences, events, wishes, plans, and aspirations, or expressing opinions.

The DELE B1 examination consists of different texts, organized in three groups:

  • Group 1: Reading comprehension (40 minutes) and written expression (50 minutes).

  • Group 2: Grammar and vocabulary (40 minutes).

  • Group 3: Listening comprehension (30 minutes) and oral expression and interaction (10 minutes).

A "passing" grade is required for each of the group of tests that a candidate sits during the same examination session.

 

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points. A minimum score of 70% is necessary for each group in order to receive an overall "passing" grade.

 

The final grade is either PASS or FAIL

 

Sample examination papers: http://diplomas.cervantes.es/informacion-general/nivel-b1b1-escolar.html

 

B2

DELE B2 (antes Intermedio)

 

Level-B2 DELE examination provides candidates with the certainty that they have reached an advanced level of Spanish which enables them to communicate successfully both orally and in writing.

 

This Diploma accredits language users' capacity to:

  1. Understand the gist of complex spoken and written texts, including those about abstract topics, presented in diverse varieties of Spanish, or of a technical nature, especially if they are about specialized areas of knowledge with which they are familiar.

  2. Interact with all types of speakers, with sufficient fluency and spontaneity, so that communication does not constitute an effort for either interlocutor.

  3. Produce clear and detailed texts about diverse topics, including those involving dialectic analysis, debate or defending a point of view.

The DELE B2 examination consists of different tests, organized into three groups:

  • Group 1: Reading comprehension (60 minutes) and written expression (60 minutes).

  • Group 2: Grammar and vocabulary (60 minutes).

  • Group 3: Listening comprehension (30 minutes) and oral expression (10-15 minutes).

A "passing" grade is required for each of the group of tests that a candidate sits during the same examination session.

 

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points. A minimum score of 70% is necessary for each group in order to receive an overall "passing" grade.

 

The final grade is either PASS or FAIL

 

Sample examination papers: http://diplomas.cervantes.es/informacion-general/nivel-b2.html

 

C1

DELE C1

 

The DELE C1 guarantees that the progress of the student in the language has been a success, and certifies more than an advanced level of Spanish.

 

This diploma certifies sufficient linguistic competence to:

  1. Understand a wide variety of long, quite demanding texts, as well as recognise implicit meanings in them.

  2. Express themselves fluently and spontaneously, without any obvious effort to find the right words.

  3. Use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes.

  4. And be able to produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on topics having a certain level of complexity, with correct use of mechanisms for organising and articulating a cohesive text.

The DELE C1 examination consists of four tests, classified in two groups (Group 1: Test 1 and test 3. Group: 2: Test 2 and test 4):

  • Test 1: Reading comprehension and use of language (90 minutes).

  • Test 2: Listening comprehension and use of language (50 minutes).

  • Test 3: Integrated skills. Listening comprehension and written expression and interaction (80 minutes).

  • Test 4: Integrated skills. Reading comprehension and oral expression and interaction (20 minutes) (and 20 minutes for preparation).

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points. A minimum score of 33 is necessary for each of the two groups in order to receive an overall "passing" grade.

 

The final grade is either PASS or FAIL.

 

Sample examination papers: http://diplomas.cervantes.es/informacion-general/nivel-c1.html

 

C2

DELE C2

 

DELE C2 is the highest and most advanced of the six learning levels established in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It certifies the level of Mastery.

 

The DELE C2 certifies sufficient linguistic competence to perfectly handle any kind of situation, proving a spontaneous capacity of adaptation to any context, with a great deal of semantic and grammatical precision. The language users express themselves fluently, with a high degree of specialization and complexity.

 

The DELE C2 examination consists of three tests:

  • Test 1: Use of language, reading and listening comprehension (105 minutes).

  • Test 2: Integrated skills: Listening and reading comprehension, and written expression and interaction (150 minutes).

  • Test 3: Integrated skills: Reading comprehension and oral expression and interaction (20 minutes) (and 30 minutes for preparation).

A"passing" grade is required for each of the tests that a candidate sits during the same examination session.

 

The maximum possible score on the examination is 100 points, and a minimum score of 70% for each of the three tests is necessary.

 

The final grade is either PASS or FAIL.

 

Sample examination papers: http://diplomas.cervantes.es/informacion-general/nivel-c2.html

 

 

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