The DELE examinations have been designed following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe, which ensures a practical way of establishing a standard, international and objective measurement of the level that should be reached at each teaching stage, and in evaluating results.

The University of Salamanca collaborates with Institute Cervantes in designing exam papers and in grading the tests leading to the Diplomas in Spanish


Level A1

First month:

In the first month, you will learn some basic phrases that will allow you to tell about yourself and ask questions of others. Main themes: nationality, home address, profession, age, marital status, etc. You will be presented with three types of Spanish verbs (-ar, -er, -ir), reflexive verbs (-se) and will learn the basic irregular verbs. To say you will be in the present and future tenses (ir + a).

Second month:

We will talk about our interests and tastes, health. You will be able to describe the appearance and character of the people. We will also learn how to go shopping and describe what we're doing now (the construction “estar + gerundio”) what you did yesterday (pretérito indefinido) and what I was doing today (pretérito perfecto).

Level A2

Third month:

At this stage, you will learn how to talk about his/your childhood, and describe the actions of others in the past (past tense form?) (pretérito imperfecto). After reviewing the affirmative imperative (el imperativo afirmativo regular), you will be able to give advice or to give orders. Expand the stock of idiomatic expressions.

Fourth month:

In the fourth month of training we will talk about time pluperfect (el pretérito pluscuamperfecto de indicativo), learn how to combine and use past tenses (Pretérito Perfecto, Pretérito Indefinido, Pretérito Imperfecto and Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto). Expand opportunities for the expression of plans and projections for the future (futuro simple), as well as learn the negative imperative. The knowledge of which will help us in the fifth month of training when meeting with the subjunctive! As always, we will expand the stock of fixed expressions and idiomatic expressions.

Level B1

Fifth month:

We begin the study of the subjunctive mood for expressing wishes and fulfill it with the use of subordinate clauses in future tenses (design with “cuando”). Learn the basic verb constructions and deepen the learning of verbs with prepositions. Hone the skills of all times and idiomatic expressions in order that you could freely and actively use them in your speech.

Sixth month:

We continue to study the subjunctive and learn to Express with it our emotions, doubts and assumptions. Learning to build conditional, hypothetical sentences in past and future tenses. This month also focus on the use of the indicative and subjunctive moods. Start to read books and watch movies in the original! Practice every day Spanish.

Level B1-B2

Seventh month:

Study the suffixes and prefixes for the formation of adjectives, nouns and verbs. Focus on conditional mood. Actively practiced! Reveal the secrets of our culture in Spanish!