La maestra - a story for beginners! A1

Ana's latest story describes the daily grind of a high school History teacher. Pushed to the limit by the boredom of the curriculum and rebellious students, she decides to turn the tables, and invites the students to enact their versions of the past. Using Spanish idioms that involve the body, such as "cuesta un ojo de la cara" and "no tiene pelos en la lengua", and written entirely in the present tense, this story is perfect for students in the Elementary levels.

Meet the NEW Spring Intensives!

Spring Intensives are here! We have a two week break between Terms 3 and 4 - the perfect opportunity to consolidate and build. Along with our 10-hour Conversation Courses and beginner level (Elementary 1) we're also lauching 3-hour Verb Workshops!

Melbourne International Film Festival 2017 - El Patio's Guide!

MIFF 2017 is here! Launching in cinemas August 3 - there are heaps of Spanish language films to sink your film loving, hispanofile teeth into. We've even done the hard work for you - tracking down the best flicks to watch out for and compiled a full printout of all of the festival's Hispanic films.

We hope you can make it to a few this year!

I Learn Spanish! ... Baden Rumble

Originally inspired by his late wife and a long lost friend, Baden started learning Spanish in 2010 with one of our most 'famous' teachers (Isidro Martínez García!) Since then, Baden has progressed to one of our highest levels - Advanced 6. He's made great progress and taken his Spanish everywhere - from Madrid to Caracas! Read about his journey and advice to students in this article.

Discover the imperfect tense and the marvels of Tenochtitlán, city of the Mexicas (Aztecs) (A2-B2)

Tenochtitlán - a city of water and temples - lies buried under the immensity of modern day Mexico City. What was this incredible city like when the Spanish first set eyes on it in the 16th Century?

This article offers a glimpse of the wonders of this metropolis and is an excellent opportunity to brush up on your past tenses - particularly the imperfect (el imperfecto). So get your grammar-hat on and delve into a lost world!

Staff Picks - Cantautores & canciones protesta

María Rúa has compiled a gorgeous playlist uncovering some beautiful relics from the past, a movement which defined generations of songs to come. This list evokes a spirit of protest, a momentous tradition where art was often used to rival oppressive rulers and unsinkable regimes.

One of Our Teachers Wrote a Travelogue!

Meet Andrés Treviño (if you haven't already met him in class)! Andrés is one of El Patio's teachers - but also, a traveller and a writer.

In his book 'Fragmentos del paisaje', Andrés invites us to share his experiences throughout a year of travelling through Latin America; past the beautiful postcards and brochures and into the lives of the locals. Through his eyes and ears be a witness to the amazing moments, and raw truths of Latin America.

Read the inspiration behind and enter the competition to win one of four copies of 'Fragmentos del paisaje'!

Staff Picks - Penny's 'Take Me Back to Cancún' Playlist

This playlist encapsulates the many varied anthems that rock Mexico's famous party capital - Cancún. It begins with some fun songs from Cuba's 'Queen Of Salsa' Celia Cruz, Puerto Rican national treasures Calle 13 to international pop star Enrique Iglesias. A great way to liven up any party!

I Teach Spanish! … Leticia Maraví Martínez

Leticia has always had an obsession with words - and that's an understatement. There are probably very few children who spent hours reading the dictionary! But hey, not all kids grow up to be amazing language teachers, like Leticia did.

Leticia loves to impart the same affection she feels for language on her students. One of her favourite ways to do this is by making silly sentences or memorable exercises - like the speed dating one she's shared with us!

Spanish Film Festival - ends this Sunday!

We look forward to the SFF every year - and this year's 20th anniversary programme doesn't disappoint.

Check out our top picks and suggestions for this years films - and enter the competition to win a double pass!

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