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.

I Teach Spanish ... Clara Torrijos Fernández!

Meet Clara from Spain!

Nurturing a life-long love for literature and languages, Clara first came to Australia as part of a Spanish teaching assistant scholarship. It wasn't long before she found herself at El Patio, making for a fantastic addition to the team!

Read on to find out a bit more about Clara's journey, her top tips for students, as well as an activity at the end.

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: www.detail-ed.com.au)

Pintxos en el País Vasco (y en casa)

The Basque Country (el País Vasco) is a world-renowned foodie haven. Among the most famous of its culinary exports is the "pintxo" - the Basque version of tapas. Here you will learn a little about what they are, how to enjoy them, the best accompaniments as well as a few simple recipes for you to try at home yourself.

Champeta - What's the hype? / Champeta - ¿Por qué tanto bombo?

One of the most rewarding aspects about studying Spanish is the opportunity it offers to engage with Hispanic cultures from across the world.

Let Naira, one of our staff from Colombia, tell you all about 'Champeta' - a dance style that burst onto the world stage in February this year. As you find yourself spending more time inside and in need of new exercise ideas, why not try the Champeta ​Challenge at home!

Clases de conversación gratuitas para estudiantes avanzados

Durante el trimestre 2 (Term 2), El Patio ofrece clases de conversación gratuitas a todos sus estudiantes matriculados en los cursos avanzados. Estas tendrán lugar los jueves a las 16:00h y serán de una hora de duración. El único requisito es haber visto la serie española "La peste". En estos momentos se puede ver en el canal de televión SBS con el título de "The Plague". Las clases serán online, claro.

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