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 I 

Introductory Spanish I is designed for students who have never taken a Spanish class before. In this course you can interact with the teacher and other language students from the comfort of your own home using Zoom! 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.

Sessions – Summer 2020

For summer 2020, we are dividing Introductory Spanish into two parts that are each three weeks long. You can take the parts in sequence or only take one course depending on your language learning needs. We will meet from July 21 – August 27 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-5pm on Zoom. Scroll below to sign up!

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! Just send us an email at

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

Sessions – Summer 2020

For summer 2020, we are dividing Accelerated Introductory Spanish into two parts that are each three weeks long. You can take the parts in sequence or only take one course depending on your language learning needs. We will meet from July 21st to August 27th on Tuesdays from 5:15-7:15pm and Thursdays from 5:15-6:15pm. We plan to hold this course in-person. Scroll below to sign up!

Please send us an email at if you would like more details or 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 – Fall 2020

Spanish II will meet again in Fall 2020. You can email if you have questions.

Comida y Cuentos (Intermediate Level)

This course is designed for intermediate Spanish speakers and focuses on intercultural learning by carefully selecting Latin American short stories and traditional Latin American cooking recipes from four different countries. You will be examining the history of one traditional recipe each week and can practice cooking it at home. Moreover, you will read one short story a week which will be discussed in class. You will not only have the opportunity to work on your Spanish reading skills, but you will also engage in a variety of speaking activities and enjoy some delicious recipes!

Sessions – Summer 2020

We will meet at Bend Language Institute (416 NE Greenwood Ave) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm-1pm from August 4th – August 27th. 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 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 – Fall 2020

We plan to offer Spanish of Healthcare Professionals in Summer 2020. Please check back for future updates or email us at if you have any questions

Remote Spanish for Kids

This language course is designed to be an opportunity to engage in interactive and fun language learning activities for kids grades 2 – 5. We will be using Zoom, an interactive platform, which enables remote face to face meetings between teachers and students. This versatile platform offers a variety of fun ways to teach such as sharing screens, playing games, sending texts, files and video clips.  Let’s use this time we were given to engage in a motivating and inspiring learning environment and speak Spanish together!

Spring Session

Spanish for Kids Spring Session will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 – 4 pm. The cost of the course is just $100, or $12.50 per session. You can email if you have questions and we will be happy to help!

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 $37 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.

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