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Registration for the 2014 DELE Exam is Now Open
by John Bascombe on Thursday, March 06, 2014
The Official Spanish Proficiency Exam
The DELE exam has seen some recent changes. Its formatting is different and this year it’s being offered for the first time during 5 different examining periods (instead of only 3). Registration is now open for all five periods. Check out this handy DELE infograph and get all the details on when you can take the exam and how long each exam section lasts for all 6 of the levels that candidates can choose to take. The different sections are designed to test different language skills including reading and listening comprehension and oral and written expression.
Job / scholarship seekers take note
The DELE certificate officially confirms your level of Spanish to employers and scholarship committees. Self-evaluation of your language skills may not prove very convincing to hiring managers swamped by mountains of resumés from job candidates who have greatly exaggerated their foreign language abilities. You know how well you can speak, but they don’t. A DELE diploma certifies your level and clears all possible doubt of overstated language claims. The Cervantes Institute administers the exam, an institution responsible for promoting the Spanish language around the world and one that takes great pride in the language itself; certification from them is solid confirmation of how well you know Spanish.
The certificate is recognized around the world and it never expires.
Students may also need official confirmation of this type to be eligible to study in certain programs at universities in Spain and other countries.
Which of the 6 levels should you go for?
It’s important to sign up for the right level. You will take the exam at the level that you’ve signed up for and if you pass, you’ll be given a certificate that shows you passed it at that level. … read more »
by John Bascombe on Thursday, February 27, 2014
Anxious revelers in many parts of the world are gearing up to party at carnival festivals this weekend. It’s a time when expressive excitement fills the electrically charged air, mingles with magical music, and inspires multitudes of merrymakers masquerading in multicolor costumes to move to lively rhythms. Every year, Colombia’s Barranquilla carnaval attracts countless party goers eager to experience the vibrant celebration, where Caribbean cadences and cumbia accents accompany vibrant day festivities and sizzling nights… read more »
by John Bascombe on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
A Special Month for Romantic Getaways Valentine’s day is right in the heart of February, and it’s a day that makes this a special month for anyone with a special someone in their own heart. Allow us to suggest ten places where romance fills the air and mingles with Spanish… the perfect language for talking about love according to Bob Dylan… read more »
by John Bascombe on Thursday, February 13, 2014
The 2014 winter Olympics are in full swing in Sochi, Russia, and team Spain is striving to ski, sled, skate, and snowboard their way to Olympic glory. The 20 athlete team is representing Spain in its 19 th winter Olympic appearance since 1936, hoping to bulk up their country’s winter games medal count. Spain has won only 2 medals in the history of the winter Olympics. Curiously, a bronze and a gold were won for Spain 20 years apart (1972-1992) by a brother-sister pair, both in slalom skiing… read more »
by John Bascombe on Thursday, February 06, 2014
In the early hours of Saturday 1st February, Spain lost one of their must influential footballing figures. Luis Aragonés, at the age of 75, passed away in a Madrid hospital after losing his battle with leukaemia. Condolences came in from throughout the footballing world and a special tribute was paid to him on Sunday night at the home of his beloved Atletico Madrid. A minute´s silence preceded the kick off before his name was chanted repeatedly throughout the match, particularly after each of Athletico’s four goals… read more »