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A few weeks ago, the Instituto Cervantes launched their new portal for the official examinations. This means great progress for the organisation of all the exams – DELE, CCSE and SIELE. The graphics on the new webpage have changed and all the information regarding the exams can now be found on one page.
People interested in consulting general information on the Instituto Cervantes’ exams can now do so on the new portal examenes.cervantes.es. They will also be able to see their marks for the DELE and CCSE exams, manage their requests for marks to be reviewed and sign up to sit the DELE exams in Spain.
For the school exams A1 and A2/ B1, enrolment will still take place in the school where the exam is to be taken. The new portal also offers information for schools interested in becoming an exam centre and for Spanish as a Foreign Language teachers interested in becoming accredited examiners.
As you can see, for the first time in the history of the Instituto Cervantes, information and management of various services can be found altogether in one space. It must be remembered that the incorporation of these services into internet means that users need to register beforehand. From November, candidates wishing to access the results of their DELE exams should do so using their email address.
More information at examenes.cervantes.es.
Once again, the Instituto Cervantes has published its annual study on the situation of Spanish teaching throughout the world. The report covers different aspects of the situation of Spanish, particularly Spanish as an economic asset and its position with regard to internet, science and culture.
The publication finishes with a section on the work carried out by the Instituto Cervantes during its first twenty-five years, the conclusions reached and the most important challenges that Spanish currently faces.
As has become habitual in this type of study, the chapter dedicated to figures gives us a complete numerical x-ray of the role that our language assumes in the international panorama. It emphasizes for instance that for demographic reasons “the percentage of the world population speaking Spanish as their native language is increasing while speakers of Chinese and English are decreasing”.
The final section Conclusions and Challenges gives readers a chance to understand the nature of the challenges faced by the promotion of Spanish as vehicle for international communication.
Link to the document: El español: una lengua viva 2016 [PDF].
In a couple of weeks, from the 11th to the 13th July, a training course organised by the Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with the Complutense University will take place in El Escorial. The course entitled Coping successfully with foreign language teaching: Evaluating options and making decisions is intended for language teachers, language school directors, publishers and other Spanish as a Foreign Language professionals.
The Director of the Instituto Cervantes, Víctor García de la Concha, will open the course on the11th July. He will be followed by the Director of Education of the Instituto Cervantes, Richard Bueno Hudson, who will give a talk on tools for evaluating teaching, learning and their management. Immediately after this, Jesús Fernández González from the University of Salamanca will make a presentation on language courses abroad as a context for learning Spanish as a Foreign Language.
The programme includes various round table discussions:
- Learning a second language in an international context.
- Challenges for publishers in the face of new methods of learning in the 21st century.
- Training directed towards employment in the Spanish as a Foreign Language market.
The course also includes the following presentations:
- Evaluating effective commercial options adapted to our objectives, Victoria Rubini García-Ruiz (Instituto Cervantes)
- How to convert a Spanish language programme into a life experience, María del Carmen Timor (FEDELE).
- The professional development of a teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language, Elena Verdía Lleó (Instituto Cervantes).
- Professional orientation for language teachers: professional opportunities, entrepreneurial initiatives, business models, Carolina Rojas (ESADE).
The general secretary of the Instituto Cervantes Rafael Rodríguez-Ponga, will close the course on Wednesday 13th July with a ceremony at which diplomas will be given to the people attending.
The full programme can be downloaded with this link.
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A few months ago it became officially possible for anyone of any nationality to try for any level of the DELE diploma, anywhere in the world with a recognized DELE exam centre.
Last November the subjective scope of the DELE which is regulated in the Real Decreto 1004/2015 of 6th November was widened and now reads , “The diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) can be obtained by those candidates who pass the tests of the established exams.”
This modifies Article 2 (“Subjective scope”) of the Royal Decree 1137/2002, 31st October, which regulates the DELE diplomas.
It needs to be remembered that these changes have important consequences on an administrative level:
- The sworn statement E/L2 disappears since nationals of countries where Spanish is the official language are now eligible, if they so wish, to take any level of the DELE examination.
- The conditions and requirements for enrolment will need to be changed on all documents where they are mentioned: webpages, blogs, social networks, enrolment forms, publicity etc.
We are sure that the widening of the scope of the DELE will be well received by people taking the exam and that it will enable this evaluation system to reach a much wider public.
Changes in the process for obtaining Spanish citizenship have meant that the institutions involved have had to make changes to their procedures. The Instituto Cervantes has, therefore, added the 19th February 2016 as an extra date for the DELE exams.
The exam will be organised separately from the CCSE (Spanish Constitutional and Socio-cultural Knowledge) tests, but information is available on the CCSE portal. It should be pointed out that this date is only for level A2.
The exam will only be available to people over the age of 18 and only in Spain. Enrolment dates are from the 12th January to the 1st February.
People interested in sitting the exam on this date should fill out the enrolment form on the DELE section of the CCSE webpage, although there is no obligation to enrol for the CCSE test. Questions arising from this process will be channelled through the DELE section of the Instituto Cervantes webpage.
Source of information: Instituto Cervantes.
The 1st Conference of Spanish as a Foreign Language in the Magreb (CELEM) was held on the 11th and 12th of December at the Instituto Cervantes in Rabat. Various Spanish and Moroccan organisations took part with the aim of learning about and developing strategies for promoting Spanish in the area.
The Directors and Heads of Study of all the Institutos Cervantes in the region came to the conference (four from Morocco, two from Algeria and one from Tunisia). The manager of FEDELE, Ana Cozar, made a presentation of the private Spanish as a Foreign Language sector in Spain.
During the two days of the conference there were different informal meetings with the directors in which it became clear that there is an increasing interest amongst Cervantes students from Morocco and Algeria in coming to Spain.
The directors commented that they receive very little information from schools and that they have very few resources when it comes to offering their students information about where to study.
The Director of the Instituto Cervantes in Rabat, Javier Galván, and the Spanish Ambassador to Morocco emphasised that they would be prepared to collaborate with both FEDELE and its associations in the promotion of Spain under the slogan Spanish in Spain.
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Do you know about the Instituto Cervantes’ school accreditation system? SACIC is an accreditation process which leads to a signed agreement between the Instituto Cervantes and Spanish language schools promising a commitment to quality, international recognition and a platform for spreading information on an international level about the educational offers of the schools.
The accreditation system is composed of a series of requirements which each school must fulfil:
1. Initial accreditation:
The initial accreditation process for Spanish as a Foreign Language schools has various phases:
a) Beginning the accreditation dossier and verification of all the required legal documents.
b) Gaining a favourable technical/academic report
c) Signing of the accreditation contract
Extension of the accreditation
The accreditation contract which leads to the school being recognised as accredited can be renewed every three years for a maximum of twelve years. The extension of the accreditation is written in terms established by the Instituto Cervantes according to the resolutions of the Board of Directors.
The Instituto Cervantes has a group of evaluation bodies – the Universidad de Alcalá, the Universidad Nebrija, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the Universidad Rovira y Virgili, the Asociación de Centros de Idiomas de Argentina (SEA) and the Instituto Cervantes itself.
As is explained on the SACIC webpage, recognition of the school as an Instituto Cervantes accredited school implies the right to use the logo and the wording “ Centro Acreditado por el Instituto Cervantes”. It also also leads to the school being advertised as an accredited school on the relevant part of the Instituto Cervantes webpage.
For more information please see the SACIC webpage.
The Instituto Cervantes of Rabat, the University of Mohamed V and the International University of Andalusia with the collaboration of the Education Department of the Spanish Embassy in Morocco are organising the 1st Conference of Spanish as a Foreign Language in the Magrheb (CELEB). The conference is entitled, “The teaching of Spanish in the Magrheb: opportunities and challenges.”
The aim of the conference is to get together everyone interested in the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language in the Magrheb – educational institutions, publishers, researchers, language tourism associations, teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language and any other interested people – and to provide a long-term meeting place and point of reference for dealing with questions related to the teaching of Spanish in the Magreb.
The subject areas for the conference are as follows:
- The teaching of Spanish in the Magrheb (at different educational levels)
- The training of teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language and research into Spanish in the Magrheb
- The economic value of Spanish in the Magrheb
Speakers and people leading workshops will be awarded a certificate by the Instituto Cervantes of Rabat and the University of Mohammed V which will demonstrate that they have taken part in the conference.
The conference will be held on the 11th and 12th of December at the Instituto Cervantes in Rabat.
For more information please see the web page of the Instituto Cervantes in Rabat.
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On Saturday 10th October, the first Madrid Student Welcome Day will take place at the Ayuntamiento de Madrid’s Galería de Cristal (Cibeles). This is a festive and recreational event intended specifically for foreign students who have recently arrived in Madrid.ç
The aim is to give students a warm welcome to the city of Madrid and an opportunity for them to get to know what cultural and leisure activities are available. There will be a range of activities – concerts, raffles and free gifts as well as free food.
The event is subsidised by the Ayuntamiento of Madrid and the Comunidad de Madrid as well as by businesses and organisations who, like ourselves, want to take part in this interesting initiative.
The Instituto Cervantes will have a stand and will provide various activities throughout the day. They will have a twenty minute spot on the main stage for dynamic group exercises for students of Spanish as a Foreign Language. Immediately following this there will be raffle of four tickets for the AVE Global for people who have previously taken part in activities at the stand.
In order to enrol for the event free of charge please visit this page.
The Instituto Cervantes, organisers of the DELE exams, have issued an official notice stating that in the first half of this year more than 35,000 people have taken the official test of proficiency in Spanish.
The figures show a considerable increase over last year and are evident in exams of all levels, but most particularly in the enrolments for the school diploma.
The Instituto Cervantes is quoted as saying, “The DELE mantains its validity, usefulness and recognition as the key Spanish diploma. A sharp increase in demand is expected given that an A2 level (or higher) will be a requirement for obtaining Spanish nationality both for Sephardic Jews from Spain (according to the law passed in June) and for non-Spanish speaking immigrants resident in Spain”.
The Instituto Cervantes expects to continue with the current five dates for taking the exam in 2016, but will also be adding other dates in response to the increasing demand, which will become more apparent when the DELE becomes a requirement for application for Spanish nationality.
All this information shows that the DELE has become an international reference point for the promoting of Spanish as a Foreign Language and for the recognition of Spanish as a communication tool in both professional and academic circles.
DELE diplomas are valid indefinitely, are internationally recognised and form an integral part of education in many countries. All information on Spanish diplomas is available at diplomas.cervantes.es.