El Patio's two Melbourne 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.

You will be able to choose between:

  • a purely Face-to-face class at the Northcote or CBD centre
  • a purely Online class (by Zoom), or
  • a Hybrid class (both face-to-face and online at the same time, to give you maximum flexibility)

What are Hybrid classes? Read about how Hybrid classes work.

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:






Study with a friend!

Here are some couples who are in class!


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.

  • Need to know your level? Check out our Online Level Tests
  • Or want to know "what you need to know" before joining a particular level? Have a look at our Get Set for the Next Level pages
  • Have a look at the Enrol page for all of the courses up for enrolment
  • Here's a page with all of our Course types to help you decide how fast you'd like to learn
  • If you'd like to contact any of our helpful team, email us with your questions or call and leave a message (03 9486 5849)

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Hybrid classes in action!

So what do our students think of Hybrid classes?

QuoteI love the hybrid classes! Please please continue them! 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.End quote 

Quote Hybrid is a great option as it allows students more flexibility regarding being able to attend, even where illness or time constraints might cause absences in the previous physical class only model. Please continue hybrid classes. End quote

Quote This may be dependent on teacher but Mar has been absolutely exceptional at managing online and face-to-face combo. It's felt really seamless and though I probably prefered my lesson in-class slightly, I have needed to attend remotely for the past few weeks and this has only been possible with hybrid. End quote

Quote Its very handy, one lesson I was unwell but still able to attend and the last 2 this term I will not have to miss as I will be on holiday but can still do my classes End quote

Quote Love the flexibility of the hybrid class and feel teaching is certainly not compromised in any way. Well Done El Patio! End quote

Quote Great to have the hybrid option - loving this class. Martina is a gem. End quote

Quote It's so convenient to study from home and I can still interact with all of the other class members - it's really good... I'm really loving the hybrid class, thank you so much for offering them. End quote 

Some of our favourite backgrounds!

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!

Read what our students say about live online learning

Quote 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 End quote

Quote 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 End quote

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

Quote 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 End quote

Quote 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 End quote

Pets in the Zoom class!

Even pets come to Spanish class!

What about textbooks?

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.

More student testimonials

Quote Mar is a lovely teacher and the other students are very friendly. We get a lot of work done and Mar is very thorough and clear on grammar and idiomatic points. Thank you El Patio for being such a lovely intimate school. Happy face! End quote
Quote Valeria is great! She's so competent at using zoom and I honestly haven't noticed any decrease in class quality since going online End quote

Quote 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 ... End quote

Quote 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 End quote

Quote 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! End quote

Quote 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! End quote

Not sure which course is right for your Spanish level? Test your Spanish level now!

Ready to start learning? Find a class and enrol now!

By Toni Edwards
January 5, 2021



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