D.E.L.E. Spanish as a Foreign Language Diploma
- The Spanish Diploma Level A1 (Starter level). This qualification attests to sufficient linguistic ability for a very basic range of the most common simple expressions used in the Spanish-speaking world and in order to satisfy immediate needs.
- The Spanish Diploma Level A2. This qualification attests to sufficient linguistic ability to understand sentences and frequently used daily expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (ex. basic information about yourself and your family, shopping, local geography, employment, etc.).
- The Spanish Diploma Level B1 (Beginner level). This qualification attests to sufficient linguistic ability for understanding and responding appropriately in most normal day-to-day situations and for expressing desires and needs in a basic way.
- The Spanish Diploma Level B2 (Intermediate level). This qualification validates sufficient linguistic ability to get by in average day-to-day situations in normal communication circumstances that do not require specialized use of the language.
- The Spanish Diploma Level C1. At this level, users are expected to be able to use the structures of a language with ease and fluency. Users are able to adapt their language use to a variety of social situations, and express opinions and take part in discussions and arguments in a culturally acceptable way.
- The Spanish Diploma Level C2 (Proficiency level). This qualification accredits the necessary linguistic competence to integrate in situations requiring an advanced use of the language and knowledge of the cultural customs embedded within it.
Candidates wishing to sit Diplomas in Spanish examinations must meet the following requirements:
- When registering, they must be able to provide documented proof that they are nationals of a country in which Spanish is not an official language.
- Nationals of Spanish-speaking countries resident in countries where Spanish is not an official language may apply to register if they fulfill at least two of the following conditions:
- Spanish is not the native language of either of their parents.
- Spanish is not the first language that they learned.
- Spanish is not the language they use in normal everyday communication.
- They did not receive their primary or secondary education (partially or completely) in Spanish.
The candidates referred to in Section 2 above must declare in writing that they meet at least two of the aforementioned requirements.
In 2008 and 2009 years, out of the 19 students who took the DELE, 15 of them passed (79%).
In 2010, 100% of them passed.
Accredited or Associate Centers:
- Meet certain quality standards in the teaching of Spanish.
- Meet the legal requirements for carrying out teaching activities.
- Have adequate teaching resources.
- Have a properly qualified and trained teaching team.
- Have a teaching plan guaranteeing satisfactory progress.
- Set a maximum number of students per class.
- Issue certificates.
- Advertise only services that are genuinely offered.
- Outline course and supplementary services fees clearly.
- Address complaints.
The Instituto Cervantes carries out periodic inspections and renews accreditation permits every two years. Only Accredited and Associate Centers may use Instituto Cervantes logo.
Letra Hispánica is an Accredited Center by the Instituto Cervantes and FEDELE Registration Center for diplomas of Spanish as a foreign language (DELE).