What is the DELE?

DELE (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) is the official accreditation of the degree of fluency of the Spanish Language, issued and recognised by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain.

The Instituto Cervantes is the institution in charge of organising the exams, while the University of Salamanca is in charge of the preparation, correction and final evaluation of all the tests.

The DELEs are divided into 6 levels depending on the language level:

  • Diploma de Español A1

    This accredits the sufficient linguistic competence to understand and use daily expressions frequently used in any part of the Spanish-speaking world, aimed at satisfying immediate needs; asking and giving basic personal information about yourself and daily life and interacting on a basic level with speakers, whenever they are speaking slowly and clearly and are willing to cooperate.

  • Diploma de Español A2

    This accredits that the candidate is capable of understanding daily phrases and expressions frequently used related to areas of experience which are particularly relevant to them (basic information about yourself and your family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.).

  • Diploma de Español (Nivel Inicial – B1)

    Intermediate-mid/threshold level  
    This accredits sufficient knowledge of the language to allow control in situations which require an elementary use of the language.

  • Diploma de Español (Nivel Intermedio – B2)

    High-intermediate level
    This accredits the necessary knowledge of the language to allow communication in everyday situations which do not require specialized terms.

  • Diploma de Español C1

    This accredits the sufficient linguistic competence to cope in common situations of daily life which require a specialized use of the language.

  • Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior – C2)

    Superior level
    This accredits an advanced knowledge of the language allowing communication in all situations requiring advanced use of the language and a knowledge of cultural background.

Our preparation Courses

* Our preparation takes into account the exam guide lines of the Institute Cervantes
* We prepare students for the exams by reviewing grammar, resolving specific grammar and vocabulary problems, studying idiomatic expressions, discussing and analyzing texts and drawings, taking past exams and building listening, reading, and written comprehension.

These classes provide training in all four skills assessed in the exam. Students work with past papers to maximise their exam techniques.

Our language training service is flexible, dynamic and great fun, allowing you to learn at times to suit you. The contents, times and dates of these private classes can be arranged to suit the individual student’s needs. These courses for individual students during the morning, afternoon or the evening at our School in Ipswich or at the student’s chosen location.

See the complete list of our Spanish courses.

Please contact us for further information.

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