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.

Accelerated Introductory Spanish I 

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. 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. This is a fast-paced and fun course!

Sessions – Winter 2021

For Winter 2021, we are dividing Accelerated Introductory Spanish into two parts that are each four weeks long. You can take the parts in sequence or only take one course depending on your language learning needs. We will meet from January 12 – March 4 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6pm. This class will have a maximum of 6 people and can be flexible about meeting in person or on Zoom, depending on student interest. Scroll below to sign up!

Please send us an email at if you would like more details or have any questions.

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. By the end of the course you will be able to talk about various topics such as family, travel plans, food, work, and hobbies in the past and the present. The course will also incorporate geographical and culinary insights from the Latin American continent.

Sessions – Winter 2021

For Winter 2021, we are dividing Spanish II  into two parts that are each four weeks long. You can take the parts in sequence or only take one course depending on your language learning needs. The class will meet from January 11 – March 3 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6pm. We can hold this class in person at our institute or on Zoom, depending on student interest and health concerns. The class will have a maximum of 6 students.

You can email  or give us a call at 541-728-3022 if you have any questions and we would be happy to help.

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  – Winter 2021

In winter 2021 we will be organizing private groups for Spanish for Healthcare Professionals. If you would like to organize a private group or join another one, please contact us at or 541-728-3022 and we would be happy to help!

Youth Spanish Group Level II 

This Spanish youth group will help your children basic conversation skills in an interactive and fun environment. Designed for youth in grades 4 & 5, students will master their skills through games, short stories, writing and artwork. This group is for students with some exposure to Spanish, such as introductory activities in school or for youth who have previously enrolled in one of our youth programs. The group is limited to 6 students to ensure plenty of one-on-one language practice with our teacher and to keep kids learning in a safe environment.

Sessions – Winter 2021

This class will meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm at our institute (416 NE Greenwood Ave) from January 12 – March 4. The group is limited to 6 students. If you have any questions about this course, just send us an email at or give us a call at 541-728-3022.

Winter Youth Program Private Groups

For our winter youth program we are organizing groups of 3-6 youth to meet at local families’ homes for an 8-week program. Groups are organized according to age and level of the students and will meet twice a week for an hour. Winter session will begin in January 11 and continue for 8 weeks. Spring sessions will continue in March. The time and days that groups meet will vary.

The cost of the course is $360 and this includes a welcome packet with supplies for your child (handheld whiteboards, folder with activities, sitting mat or hula hoop, games, etc) to reduce the use of shared materials due to COVID.

If you are interested in hosting a group at your home, joining a group, or have any questions, please call us at 541-728-3022 or email us at

Spanish Cinema Course

In Spanish Cinema, we will spend five weeks reviewing some of the best movies made in Spanish. Each week we will watch one movie at home and then come together to discuss historical context, characters, time periods, and directors’ biographies. Our discussions will allow us to practice the Spanish language and vocabulary associated with cinema. No textbook required, movies selected are available in Netflix, Prime and the Deschutes library. The class will be taught in Spanish and all material provided will be in Spanish. This is a perfect opportunity for intermediate and advanced Spanish language learners.

Sessions – Spring 2021

We plan to offer this class again in spring 2021. If you have any questions about this course please contact us at or call us at 541-728-3022. We will be happy to help make sure this class is the best fit for you! Scroll down to sign up for the course.

Spanish Literature Course

In this five-week course, we will examine short stories written by some of the best Spanish authors of all times. We will read one story per week and discuss the historical context, characters, argument and the writer’s biography. No textbook required; all material will be provided. This course is designed for more advanced Spanish language learners who are interested in intellectual and engaging conversations!

Sessions – Spring 2021

We plan to offer this course again in spring 2021. If you have any questions about this course please contact us at or call us at 541-728-3022. We will be happy to help make sure this class is the best fit for you! Scroll below to sign up for the course.

Comida y Cuentos (Intermediate Level)

This course is designed for intermediate Spanish speakers and focuses on intercultural learning by carefully selecting Latin American short stories and traditional Latin American cooking recipes from four different countries. You will be examining the history of one traditional recipe each week and can practice cooking it at home. Moreover, you will read one short story a week which will be discussed in class. You will not only have the opportunity to work on your Spanish reading skills, but you will also engage in a variety of speaking activities and enjoy some delicious recipes!

Sessions – Spring 2021

We plan to offer this course again in Spring 2021. Check back later for more updates! 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 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 $40 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 can 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.
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.
Joshua Savage
Joshua SavageInstructor —Spanish
I am a native of the South, the Memphis area to be exact. Over the past 20 years I have taught Spanish, English, and Social Studies to all age groups. My love for travel has led me all over the world, from Argentina to Spain. With so much natural beauty to explore in the Pacific Northwest, I am constantly on the hunt for new adventures. I enjoy teaching, exploring the outdoors, writing, and spending time with family. I’m super excited to bring my enthusiasm to the Bend Language Institute!
Patricia Sipila
Patricia SipilaInstructor —Spanish
I am a certified Oregon teacher. I taught in California for 19 years teaching K-6 before moving to Bend in 2015 with my husband and two children. For the past four years, I have worked as a substitute teacher for Bend/La Pine and Redmond school districts, as well as teaching Spanish and 1 and 2 at Pilot Butte Middle School. I am a lover of the Spanish language, music, and foods. I am an enthusiastic learner and enjoy sharing with others my excitement for the language.
Diane Brown
Diane BrownInstructor —French and Spanish
Bonjour and Hola! I grew up in Bend and have made language learning my life’s work. I just recently retired from Bend High after more than 30 wonderful years teaching young people to communicate in French and Spanish. I have lived in France, Spain and China and hope to inspire and empower others to discover new places and people. I love sharing the fun of language learning with others of all ages and backgrounds, using stories, songs, movement and games. I look forward to meeting you! À bientôt!
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!
Jennifer Squires-Ong
Jennifer Squires-OngInstructor —Spanish
¡Hola a todos! My interest in Spanish, language learning and travel all started when my high school Spanish teacher took us on a trip to Mexico and Costa Rica. I have had the opportunity to live in both Spain and Greece, as well as several regions of the U.S. I have taught in different language institutes and public and private schools. Most recently, I taught at Spanish at Bend High School for 13 years. I love art, film, and literature from the Spanish-speaking world and bringing them into my classroom as part of the curriculum. I am very happy to be part of the Bend Language Institute and the great programs they offer.
Marilen Rose
Marilen RoseInstructor —Spanish
Travel, culture and discovery are a huge part of who I am for as long as I can remember. My entire life has been deeply influenced by cultural diversity exposure not only by visiting foreign countries, but actually living for years in 3 different countries. I’m originally from Chile and moved to the United States over 25 years ago. My passion for meaningful cultural experiences dates back to youth, and shortly after high school I was able to travel to the US.

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