Learn through Experience
Bend Language Institute is a collaboration of experienced teachers who have come together to help advance our community’s language learning needs. We offer in-person and remote classes and private lessons in a wide range of languages including Italian, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, ESOL, American Sign Language, and Japanese. Our institute is located on 416 NE Greenwood Avenue in Bend, Oregon.
Our teachers have taught in colleges and K-12 schools across the country and are committed to providing quality education for all. By offering small class sizes of 4-10 students as well as private lessons, we seek to support our students with their specific language learning goals such as conversational practice, reading and writing skills, and advanced literature studies. We recognize that learning languages isn’t just something that one does in childhood—but a lifelong practice that stimulates critical thinking and cross-cultural appreciation.
Our Language In Actions workshops allow you to further your language skills through action-oriented immersion workshops. You can practice your language learning while cooking in Italian or doing yoga in Spanish with one of our teachers. Several of these events are offered throughout the year and are a fun way to bring language communities together.
In addition to offering private lessons, small classes and workshops, we also work with community partners to connect members of the Bend community for language conversation practice. We have conversation partners who speak Tagalog, Spanish, Arabic, and French, among many others.
We hope that you will enjoy learning and speaking languages as much as we enjoy teaching them!
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Italian Language Classes and Tutoring
Develop proficiency in Italian, no matter what your level. Learn to speak and write about a variety of topics, such as your family and friends, your likes/dislikes, food and hobbies, and travel plans. Learn language with community and cultural context.
Spanish Language Classes and Tutoring
Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world and is important for everyday communication across three continents. And BLI we offer a range of Spanish classes and workshops that focus on conversation and travel, business communication, medical terminology and sports. We are currently expanding our program to also engage youth in Spanish speaking activities for an early start to language acquisition.
Mandarin Chinese Classes and Tutoring
With over one billion speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world. It is a useful language for understanding international business, technology, film, food, and culture. Through Mandarin Chinese language courses students will learn the basics of greetings and conversation, as well as important colloquial expressions for business and travel.
Japanese Classes and Tutoring
Learn to speak Japanese to prepare for travel or to reconnect with family and friends. We offer classes, interactive workshops and private tutoring to help students of all levels learn to speak about their hobbies, travel plans, pop culture and work. By learning from a native speaker you will also develop cultural awareness of Japanese values and common communication practices.
Russian Classes and Tutoring
Whether you are planning for a trip to Russian or looking to try something new, Russian can be a fun language to learn. It is popular in over 15 different countries, where it can be useful for everyday travel, to connect with family, or even to explore fascinating literature. By learning from our native Russian speaker, you will develop a stronger connection to Russian history and culture.
French Classes and Tutoring
French is well-known for it's fluid sounds and air of romance. It is not only popular in France, but also widely spoken throughout West Africa. At Bend Language Institute you can learn the basics of French to prepare for upcoming travel, or master your language skills by studying French literature and art. We currently offer private tutoring sessions for students of all levels. Stay tuned for upcoming interactive (and tasty) workshops this fall as well as future course offerings.
English for Speakers of Other Languages
Improve your spoken and written English skills with the assistance of an ESOL teacher. We offer private tutoring for English speakers of all levels from beginner to advanced.
Arabic Classes and Tutoring
Arabic is one of the most widely used languages in the world; spoken by 400 million people, many of them are in The Middle East and North Africa. Like all languages, the Arabic language reflects the rich and very interesting history and cultures of its people. I enjoy meeting people of different cultures and languages, and I am very excited to join Bend Language Institute to share my culture through my language with others.
German Language Classes and Tutoring
Learning German can be a fun and interactive way to not only learn a new language, but also a rich cultural history from Northern Europe. At Bend Language Institute, we focus on integrating language and culture to prepare you for a future trip and satisfy your intellectual curiosity.
American Sign Language
Learn American Sign Language (ASL) with an experienced teacher. Our small group classes will help you grasp the basics in a fun and interactive environment.
NEWS AND HAPPENINGS
Open House Language Resource Giveaway April 7th
Join us for a fun language resource giveaway! Our Central Oregon community has been incredibly generous in supporting Bend Language Institute the past few years. Every month someone offers to donate books and other language learning [...]
Join Us For Winter Courses
Winter Course Registration Open Join us for some winter fun language learning! We are offering courses in Spanish, French, Italian, German, American Sign Language and Japanese starting mid-January. You can learn some basics in our [...]
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Registration Open for Fall Courses
Fall Classes Are Open! We have a number of classes in German, Italian, French, American Sign Language and Spanish and would love to see you there. You can dip your toes into language learning with [...]
Join Us For Multilingual Mondays Starting this winter, we will be hosting Multilingual Mondays at Midtown Yacht Club the first Monday of every month from 5:30-7:30pm. This will be a free event for anyone to [...]
Winter Courses Are Open The time has arrived to get ready for more language learning this winter! Winter term starts January 10th and we have a number of interactive, small group classes that you should [...]
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