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.

Introductory Spanish 

Introductory Spanish I is designed for students who have never taken a Spanish class before. 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.

Sessions – Summer 2021

For summer 2021, we are dividing Introductory Spanish I into two parts that are each one month long. You can take the parts in sequence or only take one course depending on your language learning needs. This class will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm from July 5 – August 25. We will meet at our outdoor classroom and can move indoors in the event of bad weather. Space is limited to 9 people so please sign up 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 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.  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 – Summer 2021

For summer 2021, Spanish II is divided into two segments that will meet at our outdoor classroom, but can move indoors in the event of bad weather.  You can take the parts in sequence or only take one course depending on your language level and interest.  This class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:45pm from July 6 – August 13. Please note each class meets for 1.5 hours. Each part of the course is 3 weeks long.

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

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 slowly 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. 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. Discussions will be held in Spanish with English translations when necessary. Adults and youth ages 12+ are welcome to attend. This workshop will be held Sunday, August 1 from 10am-1pm and is limited to 10 students. The cost is $60. Come join us!

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

Spanish for Kids

This Spanish youth group will help your children with basic conversation skills in an interactive and fun environment. Designed for youth in grades 2-5, students will master their language skills through games, short stories, writing and artwork. This class is for students with limited exposure to the Spanish language.

Sessions – Summer 2021

We are organizing small group private lessons to help kids learn Spanish this summer. If you are interested in signing up your child to join a group, please email us at or give us a call at 541-728-3022 and we can help connect you with one.

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

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 – Fall 2021

We plan to offer this course again in fall 2021. If you have any questions about this course please contact us at or call us at 541-728-3022.

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 – Fall 2021

We plan to offer this class again in fall 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.

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!
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!
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.
Ashlen Franco
Ashlen FrancoInstructor —Spanish
I was born and raised in Bend and began my language learning journey when I moved to Madrid, Spain, where I lived and studied for a year. I continued to develop my Spanish skills by studying independently and speaking Spanish with my husband, who is from Cordoba, Argentina. I recently graduated with my Bachelors in Elementary Education and completed my student teaching in a dual-language Kindergarten class. In my free time, I volunteer my time as an interpreter in the community. I love helping others learn Spanish and experience the joy of communicating with new people and engaging with new cultures. My goal is to bring the Spanish language to life for my students!
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 and also tutor Spanish students. I am 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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