There are currently more than 700 DELE centres in over 100 countries
and now the University of Technology, Jamaica (Utech) is one of them.
The Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE)
are official qualifications certifying the degree of competence and mastery of
Spanish, granted by Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Ministry of Education of Spain.
The DELE Diplomas are internationally recognized and enjoy
great prestige not only among public and private educational institutions and
authorities, but also in the business world and chambers of commerce. They constitute
a guarantee in assessing and evaluating linguistic competence in the Spanish language.
In many countries, the DELE Diplomas have been adopted by
educational authorities and accredited schools as a complement to their own evaluation
systems. They are useful to facilitate promotion at work and access to education,
both in Spain and in the other countries where the tests are taken.
The DELE examinations are carried out in the network of
Cervantes Centres and in the wide network of DELE examination centres, among which are,
for example, universities, such as UTech, Spanish teaching centres, academies, embassies
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 Instituto Cervantes in
designing exam papers and in grading the tests leading to the Diplomas in Spanish.