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 some 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, and talk about past experiences. This is a fast-paced and fun course!

Sessions – Fall 2023

Accelerated Introductory Spanish will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15pm from September 26 – November 16 at our institute. This course is limited to 10 people so please be sure to register in advance.

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! Call us at 541-728-3022 or send us an email at

Spanish III

Spanish III is for students who have some academic or practical experience using present, past, and future Spanish verb tenses. Complete fluency with these concepts is not necessary or expected. This course will consist of guided conversations, reviews/presentations of grammatical concepts and cultural comparisons (traditions, regional accents, word choices, etc.). During the second half of the course, we will cover the subjunctive and incorporate its use into our guided classroom discussions. The goal of this class is to help students move toward more flowing and complete conversations in the Spanish language. We will be speaking in Spanish much of the time during the classroom sessions though we’ll use English for translations and explanations whenever necessary.

 Sessions – Fall 2023

Spanish III will meet for six weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm from October 2 – November 8 at our institute. This class is limited to 10 people. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to us at 541-728-3022 or and we would be happy to help you.

Spanish IV

Spanish IV is for students who have academic or practical experience using present, past, future and conditional Spanish verb tenses as well as some familiarity with the subjunctive mood. Complete fluency with these concepts is not necessary or expected. Spanish IV further builds upon the concepts established in the Spanish III Course and/or upon skills acquired in other educational settings.

This course will consist of guided conversations, presentations of advanced grammatical concepts, cultural comparisons (traditions, regional accents, word choices, etc.), and projects that are designed to help students move into Spanish language conversations that include more advanced and complex topics. We will be speaking in Spanish much of the time during the classroom sessions though we’ll use English for translations and explanations whenever necessary.

 Sessions – Fall 2023

This summer and fall we will be offering small private groups as a Spanish IV equivalent course. If you are interested in being part of a small private group, please reach out to us at 541-728-3022 or and we would be happy to help you.

Spanish II

Spanish II is for students who have taken a Spanish introductory class and for students who feel comfortable with the basics of the Spanish language in the present tense. 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 2024

Spanish II will meet again in Winter 2024 . Space is limited to 10 people so please sign up in advance.

You can email if you have questions or give us a call at 541-728-3022. We would be happy to offer you a free language level evaluation to make sure this is the best class for you.

Thursday Spanish Conversation Group

Language practice is so much easier when you have other people to motivate you and you can share ideas and bounce questions off of each other, practice, and have fun with it! The Spanish Language Practice group will focus on conversation, games, and speaking activities to help with vocabulary development, accents, and practice with other Spanish speakers. This group will consist of guided conversations held in Spanish by a native speaker and teacher in a fun environment. No textbooks or materials are required since the class will be focused on conversation practice only.

Sessions – Summer and Fall 2023

You are welcome to sign up for the Thursday Spanish Conversation Group for our July, August, September, October, or November sessions — or all 5! Each month-long session will meet most Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm at our institute. You do not need to take these sessions in sequence and please be sure to register in advance. The cost per month varies according to how many times we will meet. Scroll below to sign up!

July Session: July 6, 13, 20 and 27

August Session: August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

September Session: September 7, 14, 28 (no class Sept 21)

October Session: October 12, 19, 26 (no class Oct 5)

November Session: November 2, 9, 16, 30

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

Game Nights in Spanish

Games are not just for kids! Learn and practice Spanish grammar and vocabulary by playing games. Kloo and other board games are a great way to practice languages and learn new words from other players. All levels are welcome since we can create different levels of difficulty within the games and also work in teams! These 2-hour game nights are for Spanish enthusiasts 16 and older.

Fall and Summer Game Night Dates

You are welcome to sign up as many game nights as you wish! We will host game nights at our institute from 5:30-7:30pm on the following Mondays: August 7, August 21, September 18, October 16, and November 20. Registration cost for each game night is $35 per night; just specify the nights you would like to attend when you register online. Please register in advance and be ready to have a lot of fun!

If you have any questions, please contact us at or call us at 541-728-3022.

Spanish Book Club

The Spanish book club will focus on young adult novels written originally in Spanish by Spanish/Latino authors of our time. We will meet 2 times a month to discuss the book we are reading, talk about the author, style, and vocabulary, and practice tenses and moods used in the readings. This club is ideal for Spanish Language learners, 16 and older, that want to challenge themselves by reading a book (with no pictures in it) with a good storyline to learn and practice Spanish.

Sessions – Fall and Summer 2023

You are welcome to sign up for Spanish Book Club for our August, September, October, or November sessions — or all 4! Each month-long session will meet on the second and fourth Monday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm at our institute. The cost for each month-long session is $60 and please specify the month you are registering for when you sign up online.

August Session: August 14 and 28 (August book: “Hasta que nos quedemos sin estrellas” by Inma Rubiales)

September Session: September 11 and 25

October Session: October 9 and 23

November Session: November 13 and 27

Please contact us at or call us at 541-728-3022 if you have any questions about the course.

Spanish Travel Essentials

In this course you will learn the essentials for conversational Spanish to prepare for an upcoming trip. Each week we will cover a new topic including making restaurant reservations and ordering food, purchasing tickets and items, navigating public transportation, and more. This short course is designed for beginners to the Spanish language who are looking for ease when traveling.

Sessions – Fall 2023

Spanish Travel Essentials will meet four times at our institute on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15-1:45pm on October 24, 26 31 and Nov 2.  The course is limited to 10 people so please register in advance.

Spanish for Kids (ages 5-7)

This Spanish youth group will help your children with basic conversation skills in an interactive and fun environment. Designed for youth in grades K-2, students will master their language skills through games, short stories, music, writing and artwork. This class is for students with limited exposure to the Spanish language. Our group is limited to 10 students to ensure plenty of one-on-one language practice with our teacher and to keep kids learning in a safe environment.

Sessions – Summer 2023

We are currently organizing small private groups for Spanish for Kids this summer. If you would like your child to be part of a group or have any questions, send us an email at or give us a call at 541-728-3022.

Past Tenses of Spanish

In this class, we will navigate four past tenses in Spanish. This intermediate course will build confidence in daily use of the past tenses while gaining additional vocabulary and communication skills. The focus will be on mastering the most commonly used past tenses in Spanish including the preterite tense, imperfect tense, present perfect tense, and past perfect tense. Students and the instructor will converse primarily in Spanish and it is therefore recommended that students be comfortable speaking in the present tense. Get ready to refine your grammar skills through plenty of conversational practice!

Sessions – Spring 2023

Past Tenses of Spanish will be offered again in Spring 2023.

Not sure if this is the course for you? We would be happy to offer you a free language evaluation to make sure this is the best fit. Just email us or give us a call at 541-728-3022 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 interpreter and Spanish teacher.


We are currently organizing small private groups of the course Spanish for Healthcare Professionals. If you are interested in organizing a group or joining one, please call us at 541-728-3022 or email us at

River Ecology in Spanish Workshop

Experience a fun day in nature while learning about ecology and expanding your Spanish language vocabulary in a natural history context. In this 3-hour workshop, students will walk along the Deschutes River with their guide, environmental scientist and Spanish instructor Armando Alcalde. During our walk, we will identify species, explore freshwater ecosystem concepts and discuss regional watershed topics-all in Spanish! We hope to inspire appreciation and respect for natural environments while improving our language skills. This class is designed for intermediate to advanced Spanish speakers. No ecology background is necessary. Discussions will be held mostly in Spanish though we’ll use English for translations and explanations whenever necessary. Adults and youth ages 16+ are welcome to attend. The cost is $60.

Sessions – Summer 2023

We plan to host this workshop again in Summer 2023. If you have any questions about this workshop, just send us an email at or give us a call at 541-728-3022.

Individual Tutoring

Private tutoring with an experienced teacher can help you improve your language skills while working around your schedule. We offer both in-person and remote one-on-one lessons to help you meet your language learning needs. Our language tutoring rate is $50 dollars per hour, and when you purchase your time in advance you can reduce that rate down to $46 per hour.

We also offer semi-private tutoring small groups youth and/or adults at an affordable price, so you can have fun learning with your friends. If this is something that would interest you, contact us and we will be happy to arrange this. You can see more about small group tutoring here:

If you are new to Bend Language Institute, just 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 to discuss your language level and interests.


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!
Armando Alcalde
Armando AlcaldeInstructor —Spanish
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela into a Cuban family. We moved to the USA when I was young and I was raised in an English/Spanish bilingual household. Currently, I reside part time in Spain and part time in Bend, OR.

I have a B.S. in Zoology and an M.S. in Environmental Health Science and work as a environmental scientist/biologist, ski instructor and musician. I teach classes in both Spanish and English in all three disciplines. I teach Spanish language courses, private students and translate documents. I‘m passionate about sharing the beautiful Spanish language. We will get to know one another, share stories, laugh and develop our language skills in a supportive and fun educational environment.

¡Bienvenidos a todos!

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