What are our classes like?

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!

 


FACE-TO-FACE, ONLINE OR HYBRID

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

Click here for the Summer Intensive Timetable! (Jan 10-21)

Click here for the full Term 1 timetable! (From Jan 31)

DELIVERY

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!

BEGINNER courses STARTING SOON

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:

TIMETABLE – check the Enrol page or download the full timetable in PDF here

SUMMER INTENSIVES! JANUARY 10 - 21!

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!

CONVERSATION INTENSIVES 

  • Elementary Conversation (15-hr) – reviews topics studied up to Elementary 4 (~60 hrs of study). Present tense conjugations, the verb gustar, reflexive verbs, and more!
  • Lower Intermediate Conversation (15-hr – reinforces topics at Lower Intermediate levels (~135 hrs). Pretérito indefinido, pretérito imperfecto, gerundio, conditional and more!
  • Upper Intermediate Conversation (15-hr) – if you’ve completed approx 180 hours of study. Futuro simplepresente de subjunctivo, pretérito pluscuamperfecto, imperativo and more!
  • Advanced/Superior Conversation (15-hr – if you’ve completed 260 hrs or more. Pretérito imperfecto de subjuntivo, pretérito pluscuamperfecto de subjuntivo (+ heaps more!)

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL PDF TIMETABLE!

NOT A BEGINNER?

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)


Learn Spanish now!

What students have to say!

Quote 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.End quote

QuoteAfter 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. End quote

Quote 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. End quote

Quote 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. End quote

QuoteI 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.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

Hybrid classes in action!

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

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.


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


Browse



Courses



Gift Voucher $100

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…

Buy Now

Subscribe to our newsletter!

Each month we'll send you Spanish language tips, practice exercises, useful links, special offers and fun upcoming events.

View past newsletters


Join our online community!

Become our friend on facebook or follow us on twitter. Connect with us and become part of our online spanish community.