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El Patio is Melbourne's most popular language school!

What makes learning at El Patio so great:

  • Excellent teachers
  • Lots of classes
  • Friendly school
  • Flexible timetable
  • Our lessons are fun!

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What are our classes like?

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!


In response to new requirements on social distancing, all El Patio classes have now been made into live online classes. This has been like making a brand new school! But we're so glad we did, as everyone's study experience has not been interrupted! More than that, we've discovered just how convenient and practical classes from home can be! 

If you're wondering how it all works, read Hints and Guidelines for Zoom Classes for instructions.

Students say...

“It was really fun doing the class from home on my laptop!’

- Cam, Upper Intermediate 3


“I’m so glad our classes can continue and thank you for your work in making it happen.”

- Anne, Advanced 3


“That class was excellent and so was Marta. I think once people have tried online lessons they'll be hooked.”

- Clare, El Cheapo Introductory


“I just wanted to say that tonight’s lesson with Linda went well - I know how hard it is to transition classes online in a short space of time! The exercises we did were creative and effective. We’ll only get better!”

- Eugenia, Lower Intermediate 2


“Just finished another tremendous class with Clara...using the chat room steadily, splitting the class into groups, and doing great learning documents in powerpoint and word to sharpen up our skills… the Zoom-teaching interface has worked extremely well.”

- Bob, Elementary 1


"El Patio is a great community for learning. The teaching style and delivery is focused, encouraging and genuine. 

- Anonymous survey participant, 2018


"I've LOVED the program so far. El Patio has a great program which has kept me constantly engaged"

- Sam Dowling


"Ramiro is a great teacher! So attentive and interested - he makes the class run smoothly with his sense of humour"

 - Darren Tyrrell


“After each class we get on a high from the fun that we have each class.”

- Maddie Wooster


“I would like to say a big thank-you to the El Patio team for inspiring me with their love of language, patience in explaining new ideas and most importantly making learning Spanish fun”

 - Estelle Kamp


“We've been very impressed with the quality of the teachers!”

 - Lindsay Hussey


"After 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 "

- Angela Hayhurst


What you Learn...

En estos niveles de Advanced (1-6) vamos a trabajar con las siguientes estructuras verbales - entre otras muchas.

Advanced 1

  • Revisión de las formas y usos del presente del subjuntivo    
  • Expresar condiciones/deseos poco probables o imposibles (si + imperfecto de subjuntivo + condicional)
  • Nuevos usos del presente del subjuntivo
  • Proponer y sugerir (¿te parece / te va bien + que + presente de subjuntivo?)

Advanced 2

  • Expresar condiciones irreales sobre el presente y sus consecuencias (pretérito imperfecto del subjuntivo)
  • Pretérito perfecto de subjuntivo
  • Expresar opiniones y argumentar (verbos de opinión + subjuntivo)

Advanced 3

  • Expresar alegría o satisfacción (qué bien que + subjuntivo)
  • Formular hipótesis sobre el pasado (subjuntivo)
  • Futuro compuesto y condicional compuesto
  • Imperativo afirmativo y negativo

Advanced 4

  • La voz pasiva
  • Marcadores del discurso

Advanced 5

  • Oraciones consecutivas
  • Verbos de cambio

Advanced 6

  • Oraciones de relativo con preposición
  • Oraciones condicionales
  • Pretérito pluscuamperfecto de subjuntivo 

Textbooks (Libro del Alumno y Cuaderno de Ejercicios) are required for all Advanced levels

Find a Class

Class Starting Location Price
Wednesdays 6-7.30pm In 3 months (03/02/2021) Northcote (temp online) $355.00 $305.00
Saturdays 9-10.30am In 3 months (06/02/2021) Northcote (temp online) $355.00 $305.00

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