The first DELE exams (Instituto Cervantes) of 2018 are near and our Preparation for DELE course is crowded. At SpanishviaSkype.com, our teachers (who are also accredited as DELE examiners) are receiving many requests for a free trial lesson from students who want to improve their chances to pass this test.
Many of these candidates have an excellent level of Spanish, apparently; others aim to get a certificate that is beyond their limits at first sight. Well, both groups have their options to pass it if they are prepared properly.
Your goal in these lessons, shouldn’t be to improve your Spanish, gain vocabulary or understand the grammar; on the contrary, you should focus on knowing the exam’s structure, practising simulations and following our specific linguistic advices.
Today we are going to concentrate on the oral test. Two examinators will be in the examination room. One of them will interact with the candidate, lead the conversation and evaluate the test globally. The other one won’t take part in the conversation, taking notes only. This will be responsible for grading the exam analytically.
Four categories are analyzed in this way and these are our tips to master them:
Try to learn a list of discourse markers to hold your speech together and give it meaning (a causa de esto, en consecuencia, en primer lugar…). Plan your main ideas in order to express them clearly and in order. Use nonverbal communication to show understanding or other emotions and finally, refer to your interlocutor’s words to show agreement or disagreement.
You should sound natural and spontaneous. Your pronuntiation must be as much clear as possible, modulating the entonation to show your attitude or emotions. Try to avoid long pauses to think; Nevertheless, if you need to stop for thinking, it’s always better to do it before starting a new sentence rather than interrupting it.
Grammar is not the only assessable part, but it’s very imporant, though. You should adapt the complexity of your linguistic constructions to the level you need to reach (don’t speak only in present tense with no use of subjunctive forms in a B2 exam). You need to avoid typical mistakes of lower levels no matter what (ser and estar or por and para confusions, mixing up past tenses…).
The candidates need to show a large diversity of vocabulary, adapting it to the context. If they are able to use idioms or colloquial expressions, they will raise their level. If they add the usage of technical terms and formal constructions, they will be graded as an advanced user.
In consequence, knowing the exam’s structure, planning the suitable strategies, and, of course, controlling nerves will make a difference. At www.spanishviaskype.com, you wil get all these tips with personalized advices. If you want to pass your DELE exam, don’t hesitate and reserve a free trial lesson here. We will make you think as examiners do.