On May 24th and 25th, Instituto Cervantes in London will hold 2019’s first set of , the official Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) Diplomas. The enrolment in these programmes is at 163 students. This figure Spanish represents a 21% increase compared to the number of students that took the same exam on the same date in 2018.
The DELE Spanish Diplomas are official qualifications certifying the degree of competence and mastery of Spanish, granted by Instituto Cervantes on behalf of Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain and, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Unión and Cooperation of Spain.
In the 2019 DELE applications, the most popular qualification is A2 (49 applications), followed by level B1 (29 applications) and the B2 test (24 applications). The DELE examinations are designed following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe.
The Director of the Instituto Cervantes in London, Ignacio Peyró, said of the increase: “In a country that has traditionally had little attachment for certification, these figures are very positive. The DELE is a test of great quality, and its certification is very useful for curricular purposes – these are two keys to its success”.
Additionally, the DELE diplomas are a compulsory test for Sephardic Jews who are now able to claim Spanish nationality thanks to a new law. The Law introduced in June 2015 makes the acquisition of Spanish citizenship possible for the Sephardic Jews that are descendants of those expelled from Spain in the 15th Century without renouncing their current citizenship and without requiring residency in Spain.
This is the case of Andy, a British student with Sephardic Jew ancestry who took DELE exam in February to apply for the Spanish nationality. “After the Spanish government passed the Sephardic law, I looked into my family history and my family tree and I realized that I could ask for the Spanish citizenship. I had already studied Spanish at school, I travel to Spain frequently and I have many Spanish friends, so it was not difficult for me to pass the exam,” says Andy.
The Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) are official qualifications which prove the level of proficiency in the Spanish language and which are awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. In short, these are the only qualifications in the world to prove fluency in Spanish.
What are the advantages of having a DELE qualification?
«Instituto Cervantes in London organizes specific courses for the preparation of DELE candidates and they are always very well received: there are courses once a week throughout the term, but also intensive courses in the weeks prior to each call,» says Pablo Martínez Gila.
Given the good reception of the diplomas, the Cervantes Institute in London reinforces the offer of DELE preparation courses for all levels with a wide range of options in May and July.
In addition to the May session, there will be more DELE 2019 exam sessions at the Instituto Cervantes in London on these dates:
– 12 July (written exam), 12/13 July (oral exam). Levels: A2, B1, B2, C1- Registration deadline: 16 May
– 13 September (written and oral exam). Level A2 – Registration deadline: 24 July
– 22 November (written and oral exam), DELE for Young Learners: Levels: A1, A2/B1 – Registration deadline: 9 October
– 23 November (written exam), 22/23 November (oral exam). Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 – Registration deadline: 9 October