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 – Spring 2024

Spanish Travel Essentials will meet four times at our institute on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 – 1:30 pm on April 1, 3, 8 and 10.  The course is limited to 10 people so please register in advance.

Send us an email at 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 – Spring 2024

Accelerated Introductory Spanish will meet from April 2 – May 23 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 – 6:15 pm 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


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 various aspects of the Latino and Hispanic cultures using holidays and popular folklore of different Spanish-speaking countries.

Sessions – Spring 2024

Spanish II will meet April 2 – May 23 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at our institute. The course will be taught by Joshua Savage.

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.

Spanish Short Story Reading Club (Remote)

Do you want to practice your Spanish by reading, but a book is too long or too much of a time commitment? What about one short story per week? If that sounds more appealing to you, join us for our one-short-story-a-week reading club in Spanish. We will meet weekly online to talk about a short story, including themes, vocabulary phrases, grammatical structures, and much more.

We will read one story a week and stories will be provided upon enrollment for each 4-week session. Stories are written in Spanish. Different literature genres will be used to accommodate all styles and interests. This course is designed for intermediate Spanish language learners who have completed either a Spanish II or Spanish III course or course equivalency.

Sessions –  Spring 2024

This reading club meets remotely on Tuesdays from 5:30-7pm. Each month-long session will meet on the first four Tuesdays of the month on Google Meet. You are welcome to sign up for the Spanish Short Story Reading Club for the April, May or June sessions — or all 3!  You do not need to take these sessions in sequence and please be sure to register in advance.  Scroll below to sign up!

April Session: April 2, 9, 16 and 23

May Session: May 17, 14, 21, and 28

June Session: June 4, 11, 18, 25

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

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 – Fall 2023, Winter 2024, and Spring 2024

You are welcome to sign up for the Thursday Spanish Conversation Group for our November – June Sessions — or all 7! 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!

November Session: November 2, 9, 16, 30

January Session: January 11, 18 and 25 (no class January 4)

February Session: February 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

March Session: March 7, 14, 21 and 28

April Session: April 4, 11, 18 and 25

May Session: May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

June Session: June 6, 13, 20 (no class June 27)

If you have any questions about this course, send us an email at or give us a call 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 2023, Winter 2024 and Spring 2024

You are welcome to sign up for Spanish Book Club for our November, January, February, March, April sessions — or all 5! 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.

November Session: November 13 and 27. We will read “Historia universal de la infamia” by Jorge Luis Borges. 130 pages, short stories.

January Session: January 8 and 22. We will read “Como agua para chocolate” by Laura Esquivel. 248 pages, fiction.

February Session: February 12 and 26. We will read “El amor en los tiempos del colera” by Gabriel García Márquez. 461 pages, fiction.

March Session: March 11 and 25. We will read “Tratado de culinaria para mujeres tristes” by Hector Abad Faciolince. 144 pages, fiction.

April Session: April 8 and 22. We will read “El Paraíso en la otra esquina” by Mario Vargas Llosa. 392 pages, fiction.

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

Spanish for Youth (ages 12-18)

Does your child want to learn Spanish? Are they already taking it and need extra practice? Our youth group lessons are back! Taught by long time middle and high school instructor Joshua Savage, these classes offer an interactive and exciting way to learn basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar skills. This class is designed for beginner to intermediate students ages 12-18. Class will meet on early release Wednesdays from 3-4pm from April 3 – May 22. Space is limited to 10 so please sign up in advance.

Sessions – Spring 2024

Spanish for Youth will meet on early release Wednesdays from 3-4 pm April 3 –  May 22 at our institute. If you have any questions about this course, send us an email at or give us a call at 541-728-3022.

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.


We are not offering any sessions of Spanish III Conversation at this time. If you are interested in organizing a small private group for a Spanish III equivalency course, please reach out to us at

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.

Translation & Proofreading Services

Bend Language Institute is currently offering translation services in Spanish, Italian, French, and Mandarin. With written translation services we can assist individuals and organizations with professional emails exchanges, translation of documents and articles, and full-length books. Our translation price ranges from $0.12-$0.18 per word in the original language depending on language, document type, and length of document.  Proofreading services are also available, and pricing varies according to document type and length. We charge a minimum of $50 per service.

If you are interested in our translation service, please contact us at 541-728-3022 or We would be happy to provide you with a quote and connect you with a local translator.


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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