ALL TERM 4 CLASSES WILL TAKE PLACE LIVE ONLINE (Oct 5 - Dec 19)

This is a brief summary of El Patio's decision about continuing to deliver all of our classes online in Term 4 (commencing the week of October 5). The key messages are:

  • The remainder of Term 3 will take place online using Zoom
  • Term 4 will also take place online using Zoom due to Melbourne's current stage 4 lockdown
  • For the future, we are working on a hybrid classroom option where some students attend in person and other students will join the class online. 

Planning during this pandemic has been near-to-impossible, despite our best efforts! Following the first wave, and with easing of restrictions, we applied for and were awarded a grant to purchase equipment that would allow us to run classes in a hybrid style – with some students online and others in the physical classroom! We’re still very excited about launching this and we hope that students will enjoy the option to either be online or at home! But, alas, due to the current restrictions in place in Melbourne, we will have to wait a little longer before this can be rolled out.

For a variety of reasons, foremost among them the health of all members of our community - students, teachers and staff - we have made the considered decision to continue delivering all classes fully online via Zoom for Term 4.

What's available in Term 4?

Here's a link to the Enrol page for all of our courses that are open for enrolment.

Here's a page with all of our Course types to help you decide how fast you'd like to learn.

How have students found Live Online learning?

In May we sent out a survey to all enrolled students asking feedback regarding the use of Zoom, studying online, as well as how students felt about returning to the face-to-face classrooms. We received 243 responses! Below you can read some of the anonymous feedback from students.

Enjoying the classes. I think El Patio does a really good job of creating a friendly, community atmosphere. I'm impressed with how smoothly the classes run on Zoom.

I really like Zoom classes and breakout groups. I didn’t think I would like them better but I feel like I learn more and it is more focused.

Zoom has worked so well and we have even had students from England and Alice Spring in our class!

I feel that on zoom I get to copy all teacher notes on my computer. I am getting much more talking time with different students (one on one). I am saving traveling time. I am currently taking 2 courses. I probably will not always be able to do that but I definitely would not take 2 courses face to face.

I enjoy learning on Zoom as it gives me more flexibilities and I can fit Spanish lessons into my busy life... Isidro has been a fantastic teacher implementing lessons in the virtual classroom and my learning is as effective as the real classroom setting.

I am preferring the zoom classes and many other students have shared this on the call. So I think if you can keep offering this as well, many of us will take it as an option, COVID regardless! 

Valeria is great! She's so competent at using zoom and I honestly haven't noticed any decrease in class quality since going online.

I really like zoom. And I love the fact that I can join from my home so I don’t have a one hour commute each way...

I have been using Zoom since December but Isidro is the best Zoom-handler I have seen! Not a wasted or slow moment in the class. Great use of shared screen and work in pairs, and much easier for us: got books; got dictionary; got iPad; got cup of tea! Lo mejor!

Thank you for providing the classes online and to the teachers who do such a fabulous job. I enjoy the classes very much also online.

I'm super impressed with how the teachers are handling the changes - I've had 2 teachers this term (Noryan & Paula) and both have done a great job of using the resources made available to them: Zoom, Padlet, etc. and making sure everyone feels included and has an opportunity to participate. Thanks so much both of you, as well as to the whole admin team for making it all possible!

Zoom benefits: fabulous backgrounds - fondos maravillosos


Some of our favourite backgrounds!

Zoom benefits: pets in class - mascotas que estudian


Even pets come to Spanish class!

Zoom benefits: couples and study-buddies - parejas y compañeros de estudios


Here are some couples who are in class!

How do Zoom classes work?

Once you enrol and your class is confirmed to proceed, you will be able to access a link to the Zoom meeting (class). 

Go to the blog article Hints and Guidelines for Zoom Classes. It contains complete information for students regarding:

  • Setting up Zoom on Laptops / Desktop Computers
  • Setting up Zoom on Mobiles: Tablets / Phones
  • Zoom Class Etiquette!
  • Troubleshooting


Valeria's class - which had to design a T-shirt!

What about textbooks?

As there is no option to pick up texts from our centres, we have managed to reduce postage costs slightly to be able to send the texts to you.

When enrolling online, if you add a textbook to the cart, at checkout you will have the shipping cost added to the total. We will then get the text posted within 2 days.


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By Chris McBrearty
September 24, 2020


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