Preparing for the DELE A2 exam is very important in order to obtain Spanish nationality. Unfortunately, many candidates think they can pass the exam without knowing its structure or the minimum requirements to pass. This leads them to failure in many cases.
In this article we are going to know in depth the first task of the oral test. However, if you want to have a broader perspective of the speaking part, in this other article you will find the basic characteristics of the three tasks.
Characteristics of Task 1
The first task of the oral test consists of a monologue. Candidates have to speak for 2 to 3 minutes on a topic. Beforehand, in the preparation room, they can choose a topic from two options. Candidates have 12 minutes for preparing for the DELE A2 exam. The topics are of a personal nature, for example: their favorite city.
In addition to the topic, in the document the candidate receives, there are also different questions on that topic: what is that city like, when and with whom was the last time you visited it, do you remember a special moment in that city? It is necessary for the candidate to answer all these questions.
Preparing for the DELE A2 Exam: Completing the Task
For preparing for the DELE A2 exam (oral part), it is necessary to know what the examiners are going to evaluate. This first part of the evaluation focuses on checking whether the candidate has correctly answered all the questions on the chosen topic. Ideally, this should be done in the form of a monologue, that is, without any intervention from the interviewer. However, if we forget any of the questions, the examiner is obliged to ask it. Don’t worry, this does not penalize you. On the other hand, points will be subtracted if you do not answer the examiner’s question correctly.
To pass the task it is necessary to answer with most of the required information. It is only allowed not to answer one of the points or two of them incompletely.
To obtain the maximum mark, the candidate must answer all the points, but including details, comments, assessments and opinions. In other words, it is not enough to give short answers. Let’s give some examples:
Question: ¿Cómo es su ciudad favorita?
Candidate 1: Es muy grande; tiene muchos parques; además, tiene un aeropuerto. A mí me gusta, pero es cierto que hay contaminación y tienen que mejorar esto. = Maximum mark.
Candidate 2: Es muy grande y tiene muchos parques, un aeropuerto… = Pass.
Candidate 3: Es muy grande = Fail.
Use of Language in Task 1
The other criterion we must take into account when preparing for the DELE A2 exam is the use of the language. In other words, grammatical correctness, vocabulary richness, coherence and cohesion of speech and pronunciation.
To pass, the candidates must express tastes and preferences (me gusta, quiero…). They must link sentences with elementary connectors and must control the past indicative, concordance, basic periphrases. Pronunciation errors are allowed, although comprehension must be simple.
To obtain the maximum mark, the candidates must use expressions of opinion and evaluation (me parece, prefiero, quizás, me interesa…). It is important that they do not answer the questions in a schematic and isolated way, but rather by linking and relating their answers in a coherent manner. Grammatically, they should know future expressions, use of periphrasis and usual connectors (además, es que, por eso…). As for pronunciation, they can show a foreign accent but their speech has to be perfectly understood.
Let’s see some examples:
Question: ¿Por qué le gusta esa ciudad?
Candidate 1: Esta ciudad es la capital de mi país. Por eso, es muy cosmopolita. Normalmente prefiero las ciudades que tienen actividades culturales. Me parece que ya he visitado todos sus museos. Además, en mi última visita, fui a un concierto porque me interesa la música tradicional de mi país. = Maximum mark.
Candidate 2: Me gusta la ciudad porque hay muchas actividades. Puedes ir al museo, a los conciertos… Yo fui a un concierto en esa ciudad, pero había mucha gente. = Pass.
Candidate 3: Yo gusto la ciudad. Es bonita y grande. Están mucha gente. = Fail.
In short, preparing for the DELE A2 exam is vital to pass it, and even more so in the oral test. The teachers at Spanishviaskype.com, who are accredited examiners by the Instituto Cervantes, can teach you little tips that can be the difference between failure and success. In addition, there are mistakes you should avoid at all costs. If you want to make the task 1 perfectly, reserve classes with us right now and master the DELE exam.