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 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 2022

Spanish Travel Essentials will meet four times at our institute on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-1:30pm on December 5, 7, 12 and 14.  The course is limited to 10 people so please register in advance.

Send us an email at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or call us at 541-728-3022 if you would like more details or have any questions.

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 – Winter 2023

Accelerated Introductory Spanish will meet from January 19 – March 14 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15pm at our institute. This class will have a maximum of 10 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 bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com.

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 – Winter 2023

Spanish II will meet from January 19 – March 14 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm at our institute.  The course is limited to 10 people so please sign up in advance.

You can email bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com 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.

Spanish II Conversation

Spanish II Conversation is for students who have taken a Spanish introductory class or for students who feel comfortable with the basics of the Spanish language. This course is designed for students whose schedule can’t accommodate two sessions per week. We will cover similar material as in the full two session per week class but at a more introductory level.

We will cover past tenses and informal future tense so that students can develop the ability to have more complete conversations in Spanish. The course will also incorporate cultural insights from the Spanish speaking world. We will discuss regional language and accents, history, and social traditions.

Session – Fall 2022

Spanish II Conversation will meet on Wednesdays from 5:30-7pm from October 19 – December 15 at our institute. Please note that we will not meet on November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We may be able to meet outside when the weather is nice. The course is limited to 10 people so be sure to sign up in advance.

If you have any questions please call us at 541-728-3022 or email us at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com. We would be happy to find the course that best fits your needs.

Spanish III Conversation

Spanish III Conversation 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 – Winter 2023

Spanish III Conversation will meet on Wednesdays from 5:30-7pm January 18 – March 8. This 8-week class  will meet at our institute (416 NE Greenwood Ave). The course is limited to 10 people so please sign up in advance.

You can email bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com 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.

Spanish for Kids II

This Spanish youth group will help your children with basic conversation skills in an interactive and fun environment. Designed for youth in 1st through 5th grade, students will master their language skills through games, short stories, music, writing and artwork. This class is for students with some previous exposure to Spanish, either through one of our language courses or another program. 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 – Fall 2022

Spanish for Kids II will meet on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30pm from September 28 – December 14 at our institute. We will not meet on November 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday. This class is limited to 10 students so please register in advance. Scroll below to sign up!

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

Spanish for Kids III

This Spanish youth group will help your children with basic conversation skills in an interactive and fun environment. Designed for youth in 1st through 5th grade, students will master their language skills through games, short stories, music, writing and artwork. This class is for students with some previous exposure to Spanish, either through our language courses or another program. 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 – Winter 2023

Spanish for Kids III will meet on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30pm from January 18 – March 15 at our institute.  This class is limited to 10 students so please register in advance.

If you have any questions about this course, send us an email at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com 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 bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or give us a call at 541-728-3022 and we would be happy to help.

Spanish for Youth

This Spanish class is designed for youth ages 12-15 who have had little exposure to the Spanish language. In this class, youth will learn to talk about family, friends, hobbies and more. They will practice their language skills through reading and writing short stories, songs, and games. It’s an ideal class for youth looking to learn Spanish for the first time or reinforce what they have been learning in school over the summer. Our group is limited to 10 students to ensure plenty of one-on-one language practice with our teacher.

Sessions – Fall 2022

We are organizing small private groups for Spanish for Youth in Fall 2022. If you have a group that would like to learn together, or are interested in joining a group, please give us a call at 541-728-3022 or email us at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

Sessions 

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 bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com.

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 bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or give us a call at 541-728-3022.

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 

We do not have any sessions schedule for this time. Please contact us at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or call us at 541-728-3022 if you would be interested taking this course in the future.

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

We do not have any classes scheduled at this time. If you are interested in this course, please contact us at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com or call us 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 $46 dollars per hour, and when you purchase your time in advance you can reduce that rate down to just $42 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: https://bendlanguageinstitute.com/product/small-group-private-lessons/

If you are new to Bend Language Institute, just send us an email at bendlanguageinstitute@gmail.com 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.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

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!
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. 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!

Katie Hasenoehrl
Katie Hasenoehrl Instructor —Spanish
I was born in Southern California and moved to Bend right before kindergarten. In ninth grade, I had the opportunity to start taking Spanish as a high school student. That was where my love for Spanish started to grow, which ultimately led me to earn my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and study in Seville, Spain. Once I returned to the US, I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching and took my love and knowledge for Spanish into the classroom setting where I have been working as a Kindergarten Dual Language teacher for the last four years. I have also enjoyed tutoring youth and adults in Spanish and working as a medical clinic translator. I love sharing Spanish language and culture, and am thrilled to continue to develop this passion in others.
Mila Mennealy
Mila MennealyInstructor —Spanish
I was born in El Salvador. My passion has always been with teaching elementary aged students, and the last two years I have taken that passion and love for Spanish into the classroom as a Dual Language Kindergarten Teacher. I enjoy reading, long walks, riding my mountain bike, and traveling with my sons and being exposed to diverse cultures and creating new friendships. I am excited to share my passion and love for Spanish with BLI students.

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