DELE Exam Preparation Course

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The DELE (or Diploma de Español Como Lengua Extranjera) is the internationally recognized official qualification of Spanish as a second language. So, if you need to certify your Spanish skills for studies/employment or you just love Spanish, this is the course for you.

We provide private lessons that focus exclusively on the DELE exam preparation: we review past DELE exam papers, learn exam techniques and improve answering style, and practice specific examination tasks to develop all the linguistic skills tested during the exam.

The DELE Spanish Exams are issued by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Social Policies and Sports. The DELE Diplomas are the single most important official qualifications that provide accreditation for the different levels of competence and command of the Spanish language.

The Instituto Cervantes is the official governmental organization who promotes the Spanish language and is in charge of the DELE Spanish language exams.

Preparation for the DELE exam

Our courses for DELE Exam preparation offer private lessons that focus exclusively on the DELE exams:

  • We will focus on reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and speaking; all of which are sections in the exam to obtain the DELE certificate.
  • A personal tutor will assist and help you to make sure you are ready to pass the DELE exam.
  • We will provide you with DELE exams examples and past papers. We encourage all DELE exam students to do as many sample past DELE exam papers as possible.
  • We can prepare all the different levels:
    A1: Beginner / A2: Elementary – Lower Intermediate / B1: Intermediate – Upper Intermediate / B2: Advanced – Upper Advanced / C1: Superior / C2: Proficiency.

Benefits of the DELE exam

  • The DELE qualification is highly regarded by universities and employers.
  • It is a prerequisite for many undergraduate and postgraduate university courses.
  • Ideal for gaining an advantage in the labour market and for accessing educational institutions.
  • The DELE certificates are the only officially accredited qualifications issued by Spain’s Ministry for Education.
  • Recognized worldwide by companies, chambers of commerce and public and private educational systems.

Who is this course for?

  • Students who want an official evaluation of their Spanish language skills.
  • Professionals who wish to expand their career opportunities by acquiring the an internationally recognized certificate.
  • Anyone interested in gaining a recognized certification of their Spanish skills.
  • Undergraduates looking to prepare themselves for a competitive global market.

How many lessons do I need?

There is not an exact number of lessons and the time needed will depend  of your skills, homework and current level.

Below you can see the average amount of hours for each level which is the time of instruction needed to complete each level according to CEF.

A1: 60 hours/A2: 60 hours.

B1: 60 hours/B2: 100 hours.

C1: 100 hours/C2: 400 hours.

In other words, if you are at Spanish beginner level and want to just take the A1 exam, you will need 60 hours of instruction, for A2 you will need 120 hours and so on.

Instead if you are already at level A2 and want to take the B1 DELE exam, you will need only an extra 60 hours of instruction.

Book a free trial lesson now and we will tell you what is realistically achievable in the timeframe that you have available.

Which DELE exam should I take?

The level of DELE you choose to obtain depends on your objectives and on your general Spanish language skills.

It’s important to take the DELE examination at the appropriate level for you. When you prepare for the DELE Spanish exam with us, we will tell you what is realistically achievable in the timeframe that you have available and we’ll make sure that you get your DELE Diploma.

We recommend to inform your tutor about your current level after booking a free trial lesson with us. If you are not sure about your level, you can do a quick self assessment here or ask your tutor to assess you during the free introductory lesson.

Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) are divided into six levels as described by the Instituto Cervantes:

  • Spanish Diploma Level A1 (Breakthrough)
    Certifies that the student is able to communicate using the language in a basic way in situations having to do with immediate needs or everyday situations.
  • Spanish Diploma Level A2 (Waystage)
    Certifies that the candidate 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, work, etc.).
  • Spanish Diploma Level B1 (Threshold)
    Certifies candidates’ capacity to understand the gist of clear texts, in standard language, if they involve well-known topics related to work, studies or leisure. It also certifies students’ ability to deal with most situations that occur while travelling in areas where Spanish is spoken; to produce simple and coherent texts about familiar topics, or topics of personal interest; and lastly to be able to describe experiences, events, wishes and hopes, as well as to be able to briefly express opinions or explain plans.
  • Spanish Diploma Level B2 (Vantage)
    Certifies students’ ability to interact with native speakers with a sufficient degree of fluency and spontaneity to enable easy and natural communication between interlocutors; produce clear and detailed texts about diverse topics, as well as defend an opinion about general topics, expressing the pros and cons for each argument; and lastly, understand the gist of complex texts about both concrete and abstract topics, including technical texts, provided they are within the candidate’s area of expertise.
  • Spanish Diploma Level C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency)
    Certifies sufficient linguistic competence to understand a wide variety of lengthy, and somewhat demanding texts, as well as to grasp implicit meaning in the same; to express themselves fluently and spontaneously without apparent effort to find the right words; to be able to use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes; and finally, to be able to produce clear, well-structured and detailed texts about topics of some complexity, correctly using mechanisms of organization, articulation and cohesion in the text.
  • Spanish Diploma Level C2 (Mastery)
    Certifies sufficient linguistic competence to communicate effectively in any situation, proving ability to spontaneously adapt to any context, with a high degree of precision. The language users show subtle control of nuances which allow for fluent and natural expression in all interactions.

LEVEL: All the 6 different levels of the DELE examinations (A1 – C2)

Our level system is built under the guidelines of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and ACTFL (American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages) to ensure reliable and objective rating of linguistic ability.

We recommend to inform your tutor about your level after booking a free trial lesson with us. If you are not sure about your level, you can do a self assessment here.

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