New 8-week courses start February 17 and 5-week courses start March 7!

Whether you're a beginner or speak some Spanish already, we have a level for you! 

All of our classes moved online in March 2020, effectively taking El Patio from Melbourne-only to Australia-wide. Live Zoom lessons have proceeded smoothly and happily – our experienced and fun teachers have been maintaining the classroom feel, managing inspiration and keeping it social.

El Patio's Facebook page has lots of class photos – check them out!

Face-to-face, online in 2021 - or both?

Term 1 will be mostly online:

  • All classes based previously at the Melbourne CBD centre will continue online, except for:
    • One Rápido Elemenatry 1 (3hr x 5 weeks) class will be delivered as a – on the linked page, scroll down to the end and note the classes whose centre is Melbourne (face-to-face)
    • This class will be delivered as a hybrid class (both face-to-face and online simultaneously) – enrol for Zoom online learning by selecting Online Centre on the Enrol page.
  • Most classes based previously at the Northcote centre will continue online, except for:

Should restrictions be reimposed at any time up to the start of the classes, any face-to-face classes will revert to Zoom online. 

Read in more detail regarding reopening up for face-to-face classes in 2021

Are you a beginner?

We have a variety of options if you're starting out. The links below take you to the beginner courses - scroll to the end of each to see the days and times they are scheduled:

TERM 1 (starting February 1)

Study with a friend!

Here are some couples who are in class!

Lots of higher levels

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.

Learn Spanish now!

Pets in the Zoom class

Even pets come to Spanish class!

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

Read more testimonials at the end!

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!

What about textbooks?

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

Of course, when we reopen, you will be able to collect your tests in person (face-to-face students).

More student testimonials

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 6, 2021



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