Project Description

Spanish Language Courses and Tutoring

Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world and is important for everyday communication across three continents. At 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.

Remote Youth Small Spanish Group Level I Class (April)

Finding yourself in need to have your kids engaged and occupied during the week while classes are fully online? At Bend Language Institute, we have created a short 4-week (for the month of April) Level I small group class for kids interested in learning or keeping up with their Spanish. Online classes will have 4-6 kids at a time, fully online. This class is designed for students in grades 6-9.  We will meet twice a week for an hour making these fun classes a good way to learn a basic level of Spanish or practice and refresh it!

Sessions – Spring 2020

We will meet digitally every Monday and Wednesday from 4-5pm from April 6th to April 29th. The cost of the course is $100, just $12.50 per class. We know that parents are going through a challenging time right now and want to make this course as affordable as possible. Depending on how the situation unfolds with K-12 school closures, we are happy to continue this course for the rest of spring.

If you have any questions about this course, just send us an email at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or give us a call at 541-728-3022.

Remote Youth Small Group Level II Class (April)

Finding yourself in need to have your kids engaged and occupied during the week while classes are fully online? At Bend Language Institute, we have created a short 4-week (for the month of April) Level II small group class for kids interested in learning or keeping up with their Spanish. This class is designed for kids in their second year of Spanish class at school. Online classes will have 4-6 kids at a time, fully online.  This class is designed for students in grades 6-9. We will meet twice a week for an hour making these fun classes a good way to learn an intermediate level of Spanish or practice and refresh it!

Sessions – Spring 2020

We will meet digitally every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5pm from April 7th to April 30th. The cost of the course is $100, just $12.50 per class. We know that parents are going through a challenging time right now and want to make this course as affordable as possible. Depending on how the situation unfolds with K-12 school closures, we are happy to continue this course for the rest of spring.

If you have any questions about this course, just send us an email at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or give us a call at 541-728-3022.

Remote Youth Tutoring in Spanish

Feeling cooped up at home and wondering how to keep your kids actively engaged in their learning process? We are also quickly adjusting to the current situation. We are working to help meet the community’s language learning needs by offering discounted online tutoring in Spanish for youth ages 10 and up. For just $20/hr, a young student will meet face-to-face with a local experienced Spanish teacher to practice their language skills through conversation, reading stories, watching video clips, and more! This is a fun way to keep your kids learning while also keeping them safe.

If you are new to Bend Language Institute, send us an email at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com 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.

Remote Spanish for Kids

This language course is designed to be an opportunity to engage in interactive and fun language learning activities for kids grades 2 – 5. We will be using Zoom, an interactive platform, which enables remote face to face meetings between teachers and students. This versatile platform offers a variety of fun ways to teach such as sharing screens, playing games, sending texts, files and video clips.  Let’s use this time we were given to engage in a motivating and inspiring learning environment and speak Spanish together!

Spring Session

Spanish for Kids Spring Session will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 – 4 pm. The cost of the course is just $100, or $12.50 per session. You can email bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com if you have questions and we will be happy to help!

Introductory Spanish I 

Introductory Spanish I is designed for students who have never taken a Spanish class before. In this course you can interact with the teacher and other language students from the comfort of your own home using Zoom! At the end of the course you will reach basic proficiency in writing, reading, speaking and listening in Spanish. You will be familiar with a variety of topics, such as your family and friends, your likes/dislikes, food and hobbies and your daily routine. You will also be able to give directions, order in a restaurant, read menus and brochures and talk about the time.

This course is designed for you to finish your day by learning something new in a comfortable and fun environment.

Sessions – Spring 2020

Introductory Spanish I will meet from April 7-May 26 from 1:30-2:30pm. Due to concerns over COVID-19, this course will meet on Zoom for at least the month of April and possibly longer.

New to Zoom? Don’t worry – we have a number of drop-in sessions you can attend to learn more about it on Tuesday, March 31 at 3pm and Wednesday, April 1 at 10am. You can join us to learn more about it and try it out. Just send us an email and we’ll get you all set up. Our email address is bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com.

Spanish II

Spanish II is for students who have taken the Accelerated Introductory Spanish class, a Spanish introductory class, and for students who feel comfortable with the basics of the Spanish language.  Our goal is to develop oral and written proficiency and include a variety of topics and opportunities to speak Spanish. By the end of the course you will be able to talk about various topics in the past, the present and the future, you will be able to give instructions and use pronouns to facilitate your oral and written fluency. The course will furthermore incorporate geographical and culinary insights into the Latin American continent.

Sessions – Spring 2020

Spanish II will meet every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 5-6pm from March 31 – May 21. During the spring session this course will meet digitally on Zoom for at least the month of April due to concerns with COVID-19. The course will be capped at the first 10 students to register, so please register at least one week in advance. You can email bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com if you have questions.

Accelerated Introductory Spanish I – NEW!

Accelerated Introductory Spanish is an accelerated introductory course for speakers of French, Italian or Portuguese, or for students who have studied some Spanish in the past and need a refresher course. In this course we will cover the equivalent of introductory levels I and most of Spanish II within the 8-week period.

You will learn about a variety of topics, such as your family, your likes/dislikes, food and hobbies and your daily routine. You will also be able to give directions, order in a restaurant, read menus, talk about past experiences and future plans.

Sessions – Summer 2020

We plan to offer Accelerated Introductory Spanish again in Summer 2020. Check back for updates in the future! If you are interested in Spanish, we will have a Spanish II class that will meet remotely in Spring 2020. Please send us an email at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com if you would like more details or have any questions.

Spanish for Healthcare Professionals

More than 35 million U.S. residents now speak Spanish. As the Hispanic population continues to grow, so does the need for healthcare workers who speak Spanish.  Don’t let language and cultural barriers interfere with your ability to provide high quality care! Now there’s a Spanish course designed specifically for medical professionals that will help you:

  • Make a personal connection with patients and their families
  • Facilitate patient orientation
  • Assess patient comfort
  • Gather and convey basic information
  • Inform and instruct about basic procedures
  • Prepare the patient for discharge
  • Question patients about their symptoms
  • Conduct physical examinations
  • Give follow up instructions

No previous experience necessary. No textbook required, handouts will be provided. This course is taught by Silvi Galmozzi, an experienced medical translator and Spanish teacher.

Sessions – Summer 2020

We plan to offer Spanish of Healthcare Professionals in Summer 2020. Please check back for future updates or email us at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com if you have any 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 of $43 dollars per hour is the best you’ll find in town, and when you purchase your time in advance you can reduce that rate down to just $35 per hour. With individual tutoring, you can work with your teacher to find a time that works for both of you.

If you are new to Bend Language Institute, send us an email at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com 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.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

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.
Silvi Galmozzi
Silvi GalmozziInstructor —Spanish
I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Spanish was the language I spoke at home with my family, and later became an important language for my career. Since moving to Bend, I have found a new and exciting career path as a medical interpreter and language teacher. When I am not at Bend Language Institute, I am teaching Spanish in local middle schools and through the COCC continuing education program. I also enjoy teaching courses in nonverbal communications at a local studio. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, baking, and kayaking with my husband in our beautiful lakes around Central Oregon.
Monica Gallup
Monica GallupInstructor — Spanish
I grew up in Chile and I am a Spanish and German teacher. I have had the fortune to study and teach abroad in Germany, New Zealand and now in the United States. Working with many different cultures has taught me to reach students in an affective and compassionate manner. I love to see my students having fun learning and I like that they feel comfortable in the classroom We do a lot of different activities always in a context and we practice the four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) in the language. When you learn a new language you learn another culture too and that helps you to see life from another perspective!

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