The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF or CEFR) was put together by the Council of Europe as a way of standardising the levels of language exams in different regions. It is very widely used internationally and all important exams are mapped to the CEFR.
There are six levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. These are described in the table below.
Level A1 – This is the beginner’s level for students eager to learn Spanish. A topic example in this course covers common greetings. After completing this level, you’ll be able to understand basic phrases and terms used in day-to-day situations.
Level A2 – This course covers basic knowledge of the Spanish language. Topic examples include personal information, employment and local geography. When you complete Level A2, you’ll be able to articulate yourself in basic Spanish.
Level B1 – This level is also referred to as pre-intermediate. A course topic to expect will cover regular life encounters particularly at work or school. After this course, you’ll be able to communicate effectively in varied situations, especially while travelling. You’ll also be able to air opinions and provide relevant explanations for them.
Level B2 – Also known as the intermediate level, this course deals with complex texts. A topic example here is technical discussion. When you learn Spanish to this level, you’ll be able to speak the language with fluency. In addition, you’ll be capable of writing detailed and concise texts.
Level C1 – This is the upper intermediate level. Topics are varied in this level. They consist professional, academic and social contexts. Graduates can write detailed texts using well-organised patterns.
Level C2 – This is advanced Spanish. A topic to expect when you learn Spanish to this level is the reconstruction of arguments coherently. At the end of Level C2, students can summarise complex info, express themselves fluently and distinguish meanings in complex settings.
*Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (by the Council of Europe)
What is DELE?
The Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (English: Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language), or DELE, are official diplomas issued by the Spanish Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science to participants who have passed a standardised test indicating their European Spanish language proficiency. The diplomas are valid permanently. Every year, more than 60,000 examinations are taken by candidates in more than 800 examination centres from more than 100 countries. In many countries, the DELE Diplomas have been adopted by schools and universities as a complement to their own evaluation systems, such that it is used as an entry requirement for non-native Spanish speakers.
Not just taking a language course but also know your standard:
The DELE A1 enables students to access the Spanish-speaking world, improves their academic education and provides them with the confidence to continue advancing towards more advanced levels.
This diploma 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.
The DELE A1 is an internationally recognized certificate that connects people from their first contact with Spanish and evaluates their level in Spanish from the beginning of their studies.
This diploma 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.).
The Diploma in Spanish (DELE) level B1 accredits language users’ capacity to:
- Understand the gist of clear texts, in standard language, if they involve well-known topics related to work, studies or leisure.
- Deal with most situations that occur while travelling in areas where Spanish is spoken.
- Produce simple and coherent texts about familiar topics, or topics of personal interest
- Describe experiences, events, wishes and hopes, as well as to be able to briefly express opinions or explain plans.
The Diploma in Spanish (DELE) level B2 accredits language users’ capacity 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.
- 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.
The DELE C1 guarantees that the student has made successful progress in the language, and certifies more than an advanced level of Spanish.
This diploma 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.
- Express themselves fluently and spontaneously without apparent effort to find the right words.
- Use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
- Produce clear, well-structured and detailed texts about topics of some complexity, correctly using mechanisms of organization, articulation and cohesion in the text.
The DELE C2 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.
For details, please refer to official website of DELE : www.dele.org