The SIELE exam

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Luis DíezInglese
16 maggio 2018
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The SIELE certificate is a recent international degree that determines the level of the student of Spanish through the scoring of tests according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Although I am a native Spaniard and have lived all my life in Spain, while I was still training as a Spanish teacher for foreigners, I decided to present myself in 2016 to SIELE GLOBAL in order to live the experience first-hand and thus be able to better help Spanish students.
The entire SIELE testing is processed online and PayPal payment is accepted (€ 155). The day of the test the student go to an authorized center decided at the time of registration and in which you are identified by your identity card to confirm that the person who is going to do the test is who is supoused to be. Actually, the whole process is very simple but in my case I did have a small inconvenience when it came to accessing the examination point because it is located in a Telefónica District building where is located the entity that I selected (Telefónica Digital Education). The fact is that in that building there are many other companies besides Telefónica Digital Education and everyone who comes as a visitor needs an identification. On the ground floor of the building is the access control and although I showed the printed e-mail with my candidate key and all the data that SIELE had provided me, none of the people at the desk knew that there were these types of exams and they did not allow me access for security reasons. I had to wait in the common areas available to the public for half an hour after sending an e-mail with my smartphone to the address from which I had sent the reservation code and the cabin number as it was the only means of contact I had to communicate my situation. Finally, a person from Telefónica Educación Digital came down to pick me up so I could pass the security control. None of the data sent to me identified the building's floor, office, or contact person, which was problematic because the front desk employees could not help me. For this reason, I recommend that you previously request all these data and especially a phone number and the name of the person in charge to avoid this type of problems on the day of the test.



The cabin
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As for the cabin of the SIELE exam, both the computer and all the rest of the material was completely new. The space is small but sufficient and one felt comfortable and with privacy even though the door is made of translucent glass and the employees of the office could be seen from time to time. The indoor air quality and the sound quality of the headphones were very good, as well as the lighting and the air conditioning. The person in charge offered me his help if between test and test I needed something or if I wanted to take a short break to leave the cabin. I think that there were between three and five more cabins although they were all empty and I was the only candidate at that time.
The most delicate aspect, in my experience, is the oral expression tests because the candidate speaks and expresses himself while the computer records an audio file and a timer shows constantly on the screen the remaining time to finish the recording. This situation do conditions our communication in some way and, moreover, generates some pressure to see the countdown while you think about the seconds you must cover talking or if, on the contrary, we are warning that the time we have is insufficient to express everything we need. We are used to talking to an examiner in person and the feeling of doing a test of this type in front of the computer is cold and dehumanized; in my opinion, it is very important to practice to get used to it. On the other hand, the rest of the tests are carried out in the cabin with a high level of concentration and without disturbances.
Both PDF file with the results and the certificate arrive in a few days by e-mail.
My grade was 986 out of 1000 points and this means that even for a native person the tests require not only linguistic knowledge but also pragmatic and cultural aspects. There are questions to be solved that are simple and obvious but the level is increased until reaching issues of greater depth than even for someone who has always lived in a country like Spain involves reflecting on the meaning of the inputs presented in the different tests.

Tips
*Practice with the computer doing exam drills recording your own audios and timing then.
*Do request phone number and name of a contact person for the day of the exam.
*Arrive with plenty of time to the exam center to ensure our presence at the time set to start the test and avoid situations of anxiety and stress that may later influence your concentration.
*Go to bed early the night before and rest as much as possible.
*Work during all the time prior to the exam and leave precisely the previous day of relaxation.
*Bring a bottle of water to drink during tests, especially before oral expression tests.
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Hello! My name is Luis, and I am a Spanish online teacher for speakers of other languages. I was born in Guadalajara, one of the five capitals of Castilla-La Mancha and I have been living all my live long in Spain. ​I love to teach my native language, writing, reading, listening to music. As lessons are personalised to suit your own needs and requirements we can work on these interests or those more convenient to your learning. I create lessons that are engaging, fun and tailored to your level and insterests. You will practice your Spanish in a natural, conversational context and you will get the support you need to make real progress. If you want to improve your Spanish, reduce your accent and sound more natural or if you need to speak Spanish fluently as soon as possible, I can help you. I am a Spanish native tutor with a neutral accent. Get the support you need to reach your Spanish language goals: Moving to Spain, finding a job in Spain, meeting your partner´s Spanish family, extended holidays or sabaticals in Spain, buying property I received a certified training with International House, Instituto Cervantes in addition to the Master of Teaching Spanish as a Foreing Language (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares - Madrid). Learn with me and I will help you master the language and express yourself with ease. ITALIANO Dopo vent'anni completamente dedicati al mondo del commercio, nel 2015 ho riscoperto la passione della mia giovinezza e dato una svolta alla mia vita professionale per insegnare lo spagnolo come lingua straniera. Ho seguito dei corsi di formazione e tirocini con International House, con l'Instituto Cervantes e un master di insegnamento dello spagnolo come lingua straniera (Università di Alcala de Henares - Madrid). Mi piace insegnare la mia lingua madre, la scrittura, la lettura, l'ascolto di musica. Le mie lezioni sono personalizzate in base alle tue esigenze e necessità. Possiamo strutturare le lezioni sulla base dei tuoi interessi per rendere il tuo apprendimento più efficace e veloce. ESPAÑOL Desde el año 2015 me dedico manera profesional a la enseñanza online de español para extranjeros. He estudiado en instituciones como International House, Instituto Cervantes y la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. Me resulta muy satisfactoria esta profesión en la que poder ayudar a personas de cualquier lugar a aprender y mejorar su español.
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Spagnolo
globe
Spagna
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21
Spagnolo
Madrelingua
,
Italiano
B2
,
Inglese
B2
Hello! My name is Luis, and I am a Spanish online teacher for speakers of other languages. I was born in Guadalajara, one of the five capitals of Castilla-La Mancha and I have been living all my live long in Spain. ​I love to teach my native language, writing, reading, listening to music. As lessons are personalised to suit your own needs and requirements we can work on these interests or those more convenient to your learning. I create lessons that are engaging, fun and tailored to your level and insterests. You will practice your Spanish in a natural, conversational context and you will get the support you need to make real progress. If you want to improve your Spanish, reduce your accent and sound more natural or if you need to speak Spanish fluently as soon as possible, I can help you. I am a Spanish native tutor with a neutral accent. Get the support you need to reach your Spanish language goals: Moving to Spain, finding a job in Spain, meeting your partner´s Spanish family, extended holidays or sabaticals in Spain, buying property I received a certified training with International House, Instituto Cervantes in addition to the Master of Teaching Spanish as a Foreing Language (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares - Madrid). Learn with me and I will help you master the language and express yourself with ease. ITALIANO Dopo vent'anni completamente dedicati al mondo del commercio, nel 2015 ho riscoperto la passione della mia giovinezza e dato una svolta alla mia vita professionale per insegnare lo spagnolo come lingua straniera. Ho seguito dei corsi di formazione e tirocini con International House, con l'Instituto Cervantes e un master di insegnamento dello spagnolo come lingua straniera (Università di Alcala de Henares - Madrid). Mi piace insegnare la mia lingua madre, la scrittura, la lettura, l'ascolto di musica. Le mie lezioni sono personalizzate in base alle tue esigenze e necessità. Possiamo strutturare le lezioni sulla base dei tuoi interessi per rendere il tuo apprendimento più efficace e veloce. ESPAÑOL Desde el año 2015 me dedico manera profesional a la enseñanza online de español para extranjeros. He estudiado en instituciones como International House, Instituto Cervantes y la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. Me resulta muy satisfactoria esta profesión en la que poder ayudar a personas de cualquier lugar a aprender y mejorar su español.

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