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 – Fall 2020

For Fall 2020, 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 September 21 – November 11 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5pm. We plan to hold this course in-person at our outdoor classroom, but will move the course either to our indoor classrooms or Zoom if the weather is bad, 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.

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 – Winter 2020

We will offer Introductory Spanish again in Winter 2020. However, we will offer an in-person (outdoor) Accelerated Introductory Spanish course in Fall 2020. Scroll down to learn more about this Fall course.

Not sure which course is best for you? No worries, contact us to speak with a Spanish teacher for a free language assessment. We’ll get you set up and ready to keep learning! Just send us an email at

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 2020

We plan to offer this course again in winter 2020. Please check back! If you are interested in Spanish II in fall,  please email us as we may be able to connect you with other students for a small group learning environment. You can email or give us a call at 541-728-3022 for more information.

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 – Fall 2020

We plan to offer this course again in Fall 2020. Check back later for more updates! You can email if you have 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  – Private Groups

We are to organize private small groups of Spanish for Healthcare Professionals. You can email us at if you would like to learn more about this option.

Spanish for Kids

Are you interested in helping your child learn Spanish with a few of their peers? This summer and fall we are organizing cohorts of youth according to their grade and language level. Whether your child is in elementary school or high school, we can help match them with other students for an engaging learning experience!

Students may either learn at our open-air classroom or via Zoom, an interactive platform that enables remote face to face meetings between teachers and students. With groups of 3-5 students we hope make language learning affordable and fun. If you are interested in joining a small group, please send us the age, language level of your child, and preferred learning method (in-person or Zoom) so we can help organize a group that best fits your family’s needs. You can email and we will be happy to help. We are currently organizing small groups of youth that will begin September 14th.

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 $37 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.

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