Project Description

German Language Courses 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. Check out our workshop series about German culture and stay tuned for upcoming German course offerings.

Introductory German I

Introductory German I is designed for beginners. This course will develop basic listening, comprehension, speaking, and writing skills. We will focus on phonetics, genders, descriptions of objects and people, and present tense verb conjugation. By the end of the course, you should be able to discuss a range of topics including hobbies, like and dislikes, family and friends, and travel plans. It will be a fun, interactive course with ample opportunity for conversation!

This course is also the first course in a series of three that offer college credit through Central Oregon Community College (COCC). Successful completion of this sequence will prepare students for second-year level German at other universities. To register for college credit, please select the option to do so when registering for this course online and provide your COCC ID number in the notes section. Students not previously enrolled at COCC will need to complete an admission application, and we can help you through this process. An additional fee of $60 is required for students seeking college credit.

Sessions – Fall 2021

Introductory German I will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm at COCC’s Bend Campus from September 20-November 24. For those seeking college credit, a remote final assessment will take place the week of November 29. This course is designed as a hybrid course where some learning components will also take place on Canvas. German II and German III will continue at the same times in winter and spring terms. Scroll below to sign up!

Send us an email at or call us at 541-728-3022 if you would like more details or have any questions. We would be happy to help you find the language class that best fits your needs!

A German Year – Cultures and Traditions

Have you ever wondered about the world of German traditions and customs beyond beer and Oktoberfest? Then this workshop is for you! We will discover a variety of German traditions that will inspire you to learn more about Germans and their culture. In this workshop we will explore a different season of the year to explore a mix of festive, celebratory and entertaining German heritage. Amongst those traditions are festivities such as Karneval, der Maibaum, St. Martin, Krampus & St. Nikolaus.

The workshop does not require any German language skills but welcomes those of you who are studying the German language. There will be opportunities to learn more linguistic and cultural skills for everyone.

We don’t have any workshops currently scheduled. Check back in the future! You can also sign up to be on our mailing list below.

Backe, backe Plätzchen…

This is the season – and not only here in beautiful Bend, but also in far away Germany! It is time to get busy in the kitchen to make and bake delicious treats for you and your family. The German culture has a long tradition of baking around Christmas time which ranges from Advent cookies for every level of baking skill to the sophisticated art of making Stollen.

During this workshop we will learn how to bake some of the German favorites amongst which are Vanillekipferl, Lebkuchen, Kokosmakronen, Zimtsterne and Bethmännchen.

We don’t have any workshops currently scheduled, but please check back in the future. You can also sign up to be on our mailing list below.

Let’s get baking and learn about German language and traditions!

You can email if you have questions.

Private Tutor

Don’t let the current climate limit your language learning progress! Given concerns around COVID-19, our teachers are happy to meet with you digitally for one-on-one instruction. Over your phone or computer, you can speak face-to-face while sharing files, video clips, short stories, written exercises and more. Meeting with a teacher is a great way to improve your language skills through interactive conversations and exercises.

Our language tutoring rate is $46 dollars per hour, and when you purchase your time in advance you can reduce that rate down to just $42 per hour. With individual tutoring, you can work with your teacher to find a time that works for both of you. We also offer semi-private tutoring for 2-4 youth and/or adults at an affordable price, so you can have fun learning with your friends.  You can see more information about this by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

If you are new to Bend Language Institute, send us an email at or give us a call at 541-728-3022 and we will be happy to put you in touch with a local teacher. You will have the opportunity to speak with a teacher about your language learning needs and get set up to learn a language from the comfort of your own home.


Saskia Lilley
Saskia LilleyInstructor —Spanish and German
I am a certified Spanish and ESL teacher with a Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Education which I obtained from the University of Cologne, Germany (my hometown). My interest in cultural exchange and teaching led me to living in different parts of the world, such as Argentina, Australia, Spain, Mexico and throughout the United States, where I have gained extensive experience in different educational and multilingual settings. I recently moved to Bend with my husband and I am excited to share my knowledge of languages and cultural experiences with the community.
Janet Gesme
Janet GesmeInstructor —Spanish, German and Russian
I was born in Springfield, Missouri and started life as a professional violist, but the allure of languages has pulled me into learning German, Russian, Spanish, French, and a little Hungarian and Korean. I have a master’s degree in German from Portland State University and have translated the German best sellers “Around the World on 50 Bucks” and “The Sound of Life’s Unspeakable Beauty.” I have also worked as a Spanish translator for Head Start, and as a tri-lingual screener for Volunteers in Medicine (English, Spanish and Russian). I am completely addicted to learning languages and can’t wait to share this joy with you!

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