New El Patio ONLINE Escape Rooms!

There has been a theft - one of El Patio's prized possessions has been stolen and your assistance is required! It's a race against the clock to solve the clues, uncover the culprit and restore the missing item to its rightful place.

Test your Spanish and teamwork by joining one of our new and exciting online Escape Rooms (salas de escape) in Term 3!

ONLINE Conversation Courses and Workshops!

Our 5-hour ONLINE Conversation courses are back for Term 3! They are designed to take all the little things you've learnt in class or elsewhere in the Spanish-speaking world and string them together into a flowing, coherent, confident ... CONVERSATION!

We also have some of our popular 2-hour WORKSHOPS returning! If you need help rolling your 'r' or want to know some more about the differences in accent between parts of the Hispanic world, then our 'Pronunciation and Accent Workshop' is for you. And if, like many students, you still have some doubts about when to use 'Ser' or 'Estar', this workshop helps demystify when to use them!

Cinco artículos de opinión para conversar (B2-C1)

Cinco semanas, cinco horas de clases de conversación gratuitas.
Cinco artículos de temas de actualidad y no tanto.
Requisito esencial: leer los artículos antes de las clases y preparar las preguntas relacionadas con el tema.
Plazas limitadas.

El tesoro (B2-C1)

The Treasure recounts the story - mixing fiction and reality - of the discovery in the late 19th century of the most important legacy of Visigothic Hispania*. Due to the complexity of the case and its ramifications over time, we are giving an outline of some historical facts in the hope of provoking curiosity about a story as unheard of as it is true.
*Hispania is the name given by the Romans to what is now Spain.
*The Visigoths were a Germanic people who occupied Hispania between 507 and 711, the year of the Muslim invasion.

Term 3 - Safe and Warm at Home!

The overwhelming consensus from a survey in May 2020, was that many more students preferred to stay on Zoom than those who were keen to get back to face-to-face (F2F) learning for Term 3.

In further news, the second lockdown for Melbourne residents from Thursday 9 July, 2020 for 6 weeks has put paid to any idea of F2F classes in Term 3.

Getting back to F2F classes is something we're working on! Read on to find out more.


En el trimestre 3 (Term 3, 2020) El Patio ofrece un curso de conversación de nivel intermedio alto/ avanzado/superior (B1/B2/C1), en torno a la nueva serie "Hernán" que actualmente se emite en el canal de televisión SBS. La coproducción hispano-mexicana corresponde al periodo histórico que va desde la llegada de Hernán Cortés a la costa mexicana hasta la caída de la ciudad de Tenochtitlan, la actual Ciudad de México. Lee más ...

Learning Spanish at Home is the Best! Start here to find the right course!

You're going to love our classes and teachers! El Patio specialises in Spanish, with short courses for beginners through to proficiency. Classes are small, serious - and importantly - fun!

Learning Spanish in Lockdown

At its heart language is communication - a fundamental component of every social interaction - so when we find ourselves in an era of isolation and social distancing, where does learning a new language fit in?

Term 2 ONLINE at El Patio

We're staying safe by staying home! In keeping with social distancing restrictions, Term 2 will be held on video conferencing platform: Zoom.

Term 1 classes transitioned online in its final 3 weeks - live with the same teacher and classmates. The response was amazing!

Term 2 will proceed in the same way so that we can keep our distance, but stay connected. Click for more information, as well as some helpful hints ...

Patagonia, 1994

Need some distraction? Here Nick Tapp (a long-term El Patio student) tells the story of his amazing mountain climbing adventure in Patagonia in 1994. It makes us want to start planning the next trip!
(PS: if you need a very good editor, check Nick's site:

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