IO – Aula Instituto Cervantes, together with LBI and Dime ¿Por Qué? have held a “Spanish Day” event in the Faculty of Culture, University of Indonesia, Depok on November 22. The event included a free Spanish class session, delivered by a native Spanish teacher, a short presentation on Dime ¿Por Qué?, which is the largest online Spanish language virtual community in Indonesia, and a screening of the 2014 award winning Spanish thriller La isla minima or Marshland.
Leading the event was Head of Aula Javier Serrano Avilés, who explained the Aula Instituto Cervantes’ collaboration with LBI, University of Indonesia Faculty of Culture’s International Language Institute, in holding Spanish language courses and DELE Spanish Diplomas tests. DELE or Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera are official diplomas given by Instituto Cervantes under the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science to those who have passed a standardized test indicating their European Spanish language proficiency. The DELE is therefore recognized internationally, and is used as the main tool to determine Spanish language proficiency by companies, organizations, and institutes around the world. It can be compared to the British Council’s IELTS or the ETS’ TOEFL for the English language.
DELE is divided into six categories, based on proficiency levels, consisting of A1 (Initial), A2 (Low Intermediate), B1 (Intermediate), B2 (Advanced), C1 (High Advanced), and C2 (Superior). In 2019, test prices start ranged from IDR 540,000 (DELE A1) to IDR 1.1 million (DELE C2). As for Spanish language courses, the IBL offers a 40-hour course for IDR 1.870 million starting in January 2020. The courses will be held in both Salemba and Depok.
During the event, which was held in the Auditorium of Building X in the Faculty of Culture, University of Indonesia, a thirty-minute basic Spanish language introduction class was given by a Spanish professor. The professor introduced common phrases in Spanish and the languages similarities to Indonesia. Ensuring those who spoke Indonesian would have an easier time
adjusting to the language compared to other popular languages.
After the class, Head of Aula Javier Serrano Avilés further explained the importance and utility of learning Spanish, as it was the fourth most spoken language in the world, with over 500 million speakers. He also explained that in Indonesia Spanish was still a rarely spoken language and as such having the ability to speak Spanish could be a potentially important and differentiating talent for employers. To learn more about Spanish language courses and diplomas, visit yakarta.cervantes.es, lbifib.ui.ac.id, or look for the Indonesian Spanish language community Dime ¿Por Qué? (OHW)