Spanish Institute

Endorsed by Duke University's Office of Durham and Regional Affairs

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Welcome to El Centro Hispano’s Spanish Language Institute, offering authentic Spanish language instruction in a fun, informal and inviting environment since 2005. Learning Spanish can help you grow your business, get a promotion or change your career path, make new friends, travel confidently and discover the riches of the Spanish-speaking world. And it makes your smarter!

Why Bilinguals are Smarter

We can help you expand your universe and become a better-prepared global citizen. We provide individualized learning experiences catered to your specific needs, whether for business or medical use or for the sheer pleasure of conversation. Our gifted and inspiring teachers are native Spanish speakers who offer interesting and informative insights into Hispanic/Latino culture along with language instruction. We can send our instructors to your office or hold your classes at our facilities in Durham and Carrboro. Our prices are very competitive, with promotions and incentives offered throughout the year.

Come visit – we look forward to seeing you!

All proceeds benefit El Centro Hispano’s work supporting the Triangle's Hispanic/Latino community.

General Spanish

The Language Institute offers general Spanish for Beginners, Intermediate and classes for people with no knowledge or some knowledge of the language. We put a lot of emphasis on conversation and pronunciation through all levels.


This class is for people with previous Spanish knowledge who want to improve and practice their conversation skills. This is a 6-week class that meets for an hour and a half.

Private Classes

Private classes (one-to-one) are available for students who want individual attention. We have private classes in the morning and afternoon, depending on the student's schedule. Students can take one or more hours per week.

Medical Spanish

Medical Spanish is a program designed especially for health care workers. This program was created by Language Institute working in collaboration with Duke School of Nursing and Latino Health Project at Duke University in 2004 and has had many excellent results! The main objective of this program is facilitate a better communication between health care providers and their Latino patients in Durham. Health care workers who want to learn Spanish will experience more direct and easy communication with their patients and be able to provide them information in Spanish about their health and treatments. Students learn medical vocabulary, grammar, useful questions and expressions. Medical Spanish Program is a session of 10 weeks, 2 hours per week.

Spanish for Companies

We provide customized packages for organizations, companies and businesses at very affordable prices with flexible options for location and time. We will come to you! We have developed specialized curricula for several agencies and companies in the area. The objective of this program is to give the opportunity to employees to learn Spanish at their workplace and to improve the communication with Hispanic clients, patients and community members. We have 8 weeks sessions, 2 hours per class twice a week. We have time available in the morning, at lunch time, in the afternoon or evenings.

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For further information please contact Ximena Yañez-Poole (919) 687-4635 ext 40,


Beginners & Intermediate (Five weeks) $ 280  
Conversational Class $ 140  
Medical Spanish $ 300  
Private Class: One Hour Class $  40  

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