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Instituto Cervantes in Dublin is located in the heart of Ireland’s capital city. It is conveniently situated between Trinity College and the National Gallery. Studying Spanish in our institute not only means learning the language but enjoying the opportunity of getting to know and discovering the different cultures within the Hispanic world. Each week our students will have the chance to participate in some of our cultural activities.
Students will also have access to our library, which offers a wide selection of Spanish and Latin American literature, as well as movies, music, magazines and newspapers from the Spanish-speaking world.
Instituto Cervantes offers comprehensive Spanish language courses aimed at developing the students’ ability to understand, speak, read and write in Spanish. Instituto Cervantes is proud to announce that, as of September 2008 and, following the recommendations of the Council of Europe, a new curriculum will be effective in our academic programme. The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a basis for the mutual recognition of language qualifications, thus facilitating educational and occupational mobility.
An initiative of the European Council, the CEFR aims to achieve a greater degree of uniformity and transparency in the study of foreign languages, among member nations of the European Union. This serves to increase mobility within member nations, facilitate mutual recognition of language certificates, and promote cooperation among educational institutions from different countries. The Framework defines the levels that determine linguistic capability in areas such as communicative proficiency, active and receptive skills, and linguistic proficiency with specific ends.
The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions which can be divided into six levels:
A Basic User
B Independent User
C Proficient User
At the end of each course, our teachers assess the student’s progress and give individual feedback; our students can also get a Certificate which shows the level they have reached. A Certificate of Attendance can also be obtained at the end of each 30 hour course. All Certificates have to be requested individually at the Administration office.
At Instituto Cervantes you can also register for the DELE exam (Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language) issued by Spain’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport , either as an external or an internal candidate. We encourage our students to take part in the DELE, which take place twice a year, in May and November.
The teaching staff is specialised in the most up-to-date techniques for teaching Spanish as a foreign language and all our teachers receive training and improvement courses every year as the result of our desire to offer a quality service to our students.