Spanish Language Institute

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!

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We are endorsed by Duke University's Office of Durham and Regional Affairs

“The Spanish Language Institute at El Centro Hispano provides quality Spanish language instruction. That is why Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs is proud to endorse its work.” Channa Pickett, Senior Program Coordinator Duke University, Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, Durham, NC

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.

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.

Business 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.

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.

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For further information about our Spanish classes please contact Ximena Yañez-Poole (919) 687-4635 ext 130,

Nicaragua Summer Exchange 2018

The Nicaragua Summer Exchange is a youth inspired immersion experience hosted in Granada.  Since 1998, our strategic partner, The Nicaragua Summer Exchange has been on a mission to help more college and high school students reach Spanish fluency.  Spanish provides a tremendous opportunity to expand one’s community and career network. Every field from business to biology needs culturally competent Spanish speakers. Reaching fluency is not difficult when connected to social and cultural interaction. We create a fluency path by making longer stays more affordable. Young people are active, they absorb language fully and naturally when engaged with their Spanish speaking peers. Our peer to peer focus brings youth together to share common interests and talents. We guide our visiting students with morning tutoring, service learning, and cultural activities which build speaking confidence.  We include our “Fluency Pledge”, which means we extend our support to offer internships and gap year without a program fee. For more info please contact Francisco Duque at



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What our clients say

“I have worked with many students, health clinicians, and community members who have taken language courses led by El Centro. All recognize and comment on El Centro Hispano’s connection to and deep understanding of the Latino community; a perspective that greatly enriches the classes they offer.” Susan Denman, PhD, RN, FNP-BC. Former Associate Professor. Duke University School of Nursing.

“The Spanish class maintained a good pace, used positive feedback, and maintained  a high level of engagement so that participants enjoyed being in the class and learned easily.” Professor Ellen Bacon.North Carolina Central University


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

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