DELE Preparation Course
DIPLOMA IN SPANISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
WHAT IS THE DELE EXAM?
The DELE exam is an internationally recognized certification for Spanish learning, providing students of all ages with a valuable work and study advancement tool. Intercultura offers comprehensive DELE exam preparation courses, open to students from levels A1 through C2.
WHERE AND WHEN DO I TAKE THE EXAM?
DELE exams can be taken at any of the more than 900 official examination centers in more than 100 countries throughout the world, upon completion of the Intercultura DELE preparation course. For locations in your region, see http://diplomas.cervantes.es/informacion/centros_examen_espanol.html). Exams are offered up to five times a year, and you must register approximately 6-8 weeks before the exam date. See http://diplomas.cervantes.es/informacion/inscripcion_fechas_examen_dele.html for dates and levels available.
HOW IS THE INTERCULTURA DELE PREPARATION COURSE STRUCTURED?
Our regular group courses are structured using the same framework followed by the DELE courses, and we recommend that students sign up for 4 weeks of group classes (20 hours per week) for each level you wish to complete, plus 4 hours per week of private classes, during which you will use the DELE textbook and complete practice exercises exams such as those you will see on the test. This structure enables you to develop the key competencies evaluated by the DELE exam, including oral communication skills, reading, listening and written comprehension, idiomatic language use, pronunciation, and grammar. DELE courses cost the same as our regular group + private classes. If a group class has only one student in it, group instruction will occur for 3 hours per day instead of 4. Maximum class size is 6.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Exam prices vary by country, and can be consulted individually at the center nearest you, however based on current rates you may expect to pay from $100 - $150 US. In addition you will pay for the course ($1100 per month) and the book ($20 per level). If you choose to stay with a homestay family (highly recommended for communication skills development), you can choose one of two options, including private room, laundry service, breakfast or breakfast & dinner for $145 or $175 per week. All families are within walking distance of our schools, at both the beach and city campuses. Prices also include all extra-curricular cultural activities (Latin dance, cooking, movies, arts & crafts, yoga, zumba, city tour, etc) see http://www.interculturacostarica.com/cultural-activities for sample schedule.
WHAT MATERIALS WILL I USE?
The books, “Las claves del Nuevo DELE” contain five thematic units, a CD, keys to understanding in every unit, the cultural references necessary for each level, and test exams. Books cost approximately $20 US and can be purchased online before departure, or onsite in Costa Rica. In addition, the official examining body provides detailed explanations of exam structure and content for each level at http://diplomas.cervantes.es/informacion/guias/default.html.