My current language challenge is to prepare for the B2 Spanish exam, take the exam and pass it!
BOOM! I actually have the confidence to test out my Spanish skills and to prove my level. After about a year of learning Spanish, largely on my own, using alot of internet materials and books, I really feel like my level of reading, writing, speaking and listening is quite high.
I am a little nervous about C2 and C1 levels, and I’m unsure whether I’m at those levels yet.
I checked out some past exam papers of the DELE (which is the Spanish language exam that tests your level according to the CEFRL – Common European Framework for Languages). I also checked out the descriptions for each of the levels, and I do think that I am at least at the B2 level.
What is the CEFRL B2 Level?
At a B2 level, some other language learners and polyglots would say that this is somewhat at the fluency level, at least at the operational fluency level.
More specifically, B2 is described as follows by the CEFRL:
- Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.
- Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
- Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Therefore, my 60-day challenge for March and April is to continue preparing for the DELE B2 Level, and then to Pass it.
4 Steps to Preparing for the DELE B2 Spanish Exam
Here is my specific plan to achieve this 60-day language challenge:
1) LISTENING: Continue watching 1 hour and 30 minutes of a TV Series in Spanish, without any subtitles, to improve my listening skills.
2) SPEAKING: Speak to a native Spanish speaker for 1 hour every week, and get any corrections needed, then learn from those corrections using flashcards.
3) WRITING: Write sentences in Spanish, using the new vocabulary and grammar and phrases learned from the spoken conversation with the native Spanish speaker.
4) READING: Get corrections from native Spanish speakers for my sentences that I have written and read them and learn from them.
More details on the DELE Exam?
My exam is on April 15!!!! I’ve already paid for it and it is scheduled. I’ll be doing the exam at the Instituto Cervantes in my hometown of Sydney, Australia. Wish me luck guys.
If you would like to do the DELE exam too, or to find out more (such as dates, locations and even past exam papers), check out the DELE page on the Instituto Cervantes website.