In Term 1 this year El Patio launched it's first annual photography competition - the results surpassed all expectations! Read on to see all of the participants' photos as well as the People's Choice Top 5.
Isidro is one of El Patio's most sought after and revered teachers. Having been with us for almost 10 years, he's earnt the respect and admiration of hundreds - perhaps thousands - of students.
In this article we dive into what makes Isidro tick - his strategies, his inspiration and the challenges he faces as a teacher. You'll also get lots of advice and even some practical exercises!
The most memorable travel experiences are often moments spent with locals. And having a few key sentences can make such a big difference. These 1.5-hour Workshops cover key topics from telling the time and transport to learning how to say hello and make friends. Travel is great - and so are our Travel Workshops. Sign up to one and get set for an adventure.
Coming from a small town in the North of Italy, Beatrice was always fascinated with life elsewhere in the world. Naturally, this curiosity (like many others) lead her to the discipline of languages - her speciality? English and Spanish.
Now Beatrice gets to live in an English speaking country and teach Spanish - neither of which were her first language! We think that's pretty wonderful, and we hope you do too.
Travelling for Ann is not just a passion but a lifestyle!
Racking up her frequent-flyer points, she loves an adventure: jumping on a plane to Chile for her favourite ice-cream at Emporio de la Rosa, exploring the Nazca lines, and sleeping within sight of Machu Picchu. Perhaps trekking down to Mendoza, Argentina for some wine tasting and soaking up a bit of culture in Buenos Aires. Yes, she loves to travel, and she likes to do it right!
The most essential ingredient of this intrepid life? Learn Spanish!
See how Ann stays motivated and powers through the El Patio levels (in between her frequent trips, of course!)
Have you just started studying Spanish? Is it an out-of-body experience? Are you feeling a little tentative? An essential hack that will give IMMEDIATE JOY is to get confident with Spanish pronunciation. Toni talks about the benefits of having Spanish move easily around your mouth - and how this can effect a change in the Spanish-speaking you!
Untangle the knot of Spanish verbs with our 3-hour workshops. We reveal hidden patterns of even the most difficult-to-handle irregular verbs. We shine a light on the unruly forms and uses of the world-famous past tenses. We demystify and help you feel at home with the present subjunctive. Sign up for one - or more if you want that cosy comfy verb feeling!
Ana's story for advanced students explores the history of Little Lonsdale Street (or Little Lon as it was once called), where El Patio's CBD centre is located today. After leaving class one day, Andrea Rumbold unsuspectingly opens a door to the past and stumbles out onto the street - as it was in the 19th century. A time-traveller story based on early Little Lonsdale - if the SPANISH is too difficult, it's a GOOD READ IN ENGLISH!
Originally an English teacher, Ángeles (Angie) started teaching Spanish practically by accident! When one of her colleagues in Buenos Aires didn't show up for a class Angie stepped right in to cover her. This could have been a disaster for some but Angie took to it like a duck to water. After falling in love with Melbourne on a holiday and deciding to stay put, she's now sharing her language and culture with El Patio students.
Find out all about Angie's journey as well as her teaching strategies and advice for students. Stick around till the end for a song exercise using Argentinian Folklore!
The full programme has yet to be released but we have some sneak peaks to share (like Paco León in women's activewear)! We've also got a few El Patio surprises up our sleeves ...
Take a cheeky sneak peak here.
Keep your study steady with your very own Limited Edition El Patio Stubby Holder [or Study Holder, as we like to call them!]. Study holders assist with fluency and confidence in class* Become an El…