3-hour workshops for beginners coming up!

Needing extra help with speaking, or getting your head around conjugating verbs? Try our new, short, no-commitment 3-hour sessions to boost these fundamentals. Starting next week at our Melbourne and Northcote centres, Boca a Boca (Word of Mouth) and Verbs a GoGo (Hip Verbs) are designed especially for beginner students.

Let's talk about you! - Personal Subject Pronouns (A1)

It is fundamental to be comfortable with these pronouns when learning verb conjugation. As verbs are such a huge part of the Spanish language, it's imperative to move beyond "personal pronoun fright" as soon as you can! Here's an article about them, and there's a freebie involved - do read on!

I Teach Spanish! … Mónica Caruana

El Patio teacher Mónica Caruana is interviewed about her Spanish teaching experiences. Get to know the thoughts and processes involved, first hand, of one of our committed teachers.
Mónica is from Veracruz, Mexico, and has been teaching at El Patio since 2011.

Receta de pulpo a la gallega, paso a paso (B1)

Learn some Spanish whilst preparing and enjoying food! Pulpo a la gallega is a very popular dish in Galicia, in the north-west of Spain. With an extensive coastline which is indented with numerous estuaries (rías), it hardly needs saying that Galicia is great for seafood! The language in this recipe is good for students at level B1 (Upper Intermediate).

New workshops for beginners!

Need to catch up? Would you like more practice talking? Are verbs giving you a hard time? Single-session, 3-hour workshops are great to get to the point of a skill, and keep you in tune if you can't commit to a whole course.

2014 Spanish Film Festival

The Spanish Film Festival is back! From Wednesday April 30 to Sunday May 18, thirty contemporary Spanish language films will be screened at three Palace Cinemas in Melbourne. It's a great opportunity for an intensive in listening to some of the many variants of the Spanish language, to have an introduction to, and keep an eye on Hispanic culture, and not only that, a great socialising opportunity!

Spanish from Spain or Latin America?

A question we are often asked is "Do you teach Spanish from Spain or Latin America?" Although this is a big concern for some, we feel that the worry is a bit exaggerated and unnecessary. We think it is more important in a course that the teachers are qualified and the course programmes are well written.

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