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.

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 – Spring 2020

Healthcare workers are some of the busiest people we know. That’s why we designed this course to fit your schedule. This four-week course meets twice a week from 5:30pm to 6:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. Spring Session I will meet from March 31-April 23. Spring Session II will meet from April 28 – May 21. Please email if you have any questions or you can sign up using the link below.

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 – Spring 2020

Accelerated Introductory Spanish will meet every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 4:30-5:30pm from March 31 – May 21. The course will be capped at the first 10 students to register, so please register at least one week in advance. You can email if you have questions.

Introductory Spanish I 

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.

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


We currently do not have any session of Introductory Spanish open. We plan to run an intensive introductory Spanish course in summer 2020 so check back for future details. You can email if you 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 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 5:45-6:45pm from March 31 – May 21. The course will be capped at the first 10 students to register, so please register at least one week in advance. You can email if you have questions.

Spanish for Kids

Starting in January, we will hold after school Spanish immersion classes. Spanish for Kids is designed to provide a fun and immersive Spanish language learning opportunity for youth in grades 2-5. We will play games, learn songs, dance, read stories, and craft while using the Spanish language. The after school immersion program is limited to 10 students, so please sign up in advance.

Winter Session 2

Spanish for Kids Winter Session 2 will begin Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning February 18th from 3pm-4pm and will continue for 5 weeks.

You can sign up your child to attend either Tuesdays or Thursdays, or both days of the week. When registering for the program through the website, please be sure to specify which days you would like your child to attend the program when you checkout. We will also offer sessions in the spring if there is demand.

Early registration cost: $60 for the 5 week session ($12 per class). Early registration deadline is February 5th.

Regular registration cost: $75 ($15 per class). Regular registration deadline is February 18th.

You can email if you have questions and we will be happy to help!

Yoga en Español

Yoga? Yes! Want to practice your Spanish? Yes! This workshop is for you. There is no better way to learn a language than by putting it into action! This yoga series is taught by a certified yoga teacher and will enable you to finish your day with a practice for your mind and body by reinforcing your Spanish language skills. This class will be a Vinyasa flow for all levels inviting yoga-skeptics, short-term and long-term yogis. The class will be a fun mix of strengthening, stretching and breathing with options to cater different levels of students. Let’s move our body through the Spanish language!

This class is an introductory seven week series and will meet on Wednesdays from 4-5pm from February 5th-March 18th. It will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (61980 Skyline Ranch Rd). The cost per class is $12 or free for congregation members of UUFCO. You can email if you have questions or scroll down to sign up.

Private Tutor

Learn one-on-one through private language lessons. Cost is $43, the best rate in town! Purchase as many hours as you wish to use. Your cost goes down if you pre-purchase a pack of hours. If you buy 10 hours in advance, your cost is only $35 / hour. Use the product below to purchase. If you are new to Bend Language Institute, please send us an email at with some details about your language level and interest, as well as your general availability for tutoring before checking out.


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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