You're going to love our classes and teachers! El Patio has over 20 years’ experience specialising in Spanish, with courses for everyone – from beginners through to fluency. All our teachers are qualified professionals. Classes are small (5–14 students), rigorous, and fun!
El Patio's Northcote and Melbourne CBD centres are open for Face-to-Face classes
Contact us Our team will be able to help you choose the best level for you.
Take a look at our full list of classes to see what's available.
Summer Intensives run from January 10-21 and Term 1 starts January 31. Enrol early for the best discounts! Download the
Face-to-Face: held in either our Northcote or Melbourne CBD centres
Online: held on Zoom
Hybrid: Available for selected classes above Lower Intermediate 1 (Elementary level students better supported Online or Face-to-Face). Hybrid provides students with the option to attend the same class either via Zoom or in centre (we use a conference camera in the classroom, online participants appear on a large TV in the classroom).
El Patio's Facebook page has lots of class photos – check them out!
We have several options if you're starting out. The links below take you to the beginner courses – scroll to the bottom of each page to see the days and times they are scheduled:
SUMMER INTENSIVES JANUARY 10 - 21
TERM 1 – STARTS JANUARY 31:
Whether you want to get started, get ahead, or work on your conversation skills, we've got you covered!
In January we dedicate TWO WEEKS to our Summer Intensives. You can do a WHOLE LEVEL, or take a FULL 15-HR CONVERSATION COURSE.
15-HR ELEMENTARY LEVEL INTENSIVES
In the Summer Intensives you will be able to complete a FULL LEVEL in just 2 weeks!
As well as beginner courses, 22 different levels are normally scheduled to begin each Term, mostly as 10-week (Popular) courses, but some as both Popular and fast-paced (Rápido) courses.
Love El Patio! Been going for a few years now and have been consistently impressed by all the teachers and facilities. Hybrid (face-to-face and online) classes are working incredibly well.
After becoming frustrated at my lack of progress with their competitor, I received a recommendation for the classes at El Patio. Since enrolling I have never looked back, the teachers are knowledgeable, the students are great, the classes are fun, and my Spanish quickly improved enough to converse confidently with the locals when I arrived in Latin America.
I love the hybrid classes! It gives me the option to still go to class if I get home late from work, am super tired or am sick (important coming into winter/flu season). The flexibility is such a great thing and the setup of the classes seems to be working really well.
The teachers are excellent and the lessons are well paced, not too fast or slow. I'd previously tried learning Spanish with a well-know language app, but found it slow going and not useful for real life. I've learned more in 5 lessons at El Patio than I did with 3 months of daily app use. So happy I've found this place.
I have been studying at El Patio (Northcote branch) for quite a few years and love it. As a retired teacher, I know good teaching when I see it, and the teachers at El Patio are absolutely wonderful - caring, professional and fun. The class I am in has developed a great sense of unity and camradarie and I love going to it.
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!
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!
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:
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
If you purchase a textbook with your enrolment, at checkout you will be given the choice of either collecting your book in person from one of our centres or having the book posted out to you for a small fee.
Texts will be posted within two working days of purchase.
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By Toni Edwards
January 6, 2021
Easy! Surprise your Spanish-learning friends, family or colleagues with a Gift Voucher. This voucher could be used toward a course fee or even texts. Please note that you will need to contact El Patio (phone…