Siglo XXI Spanish Language Insititute

27 E. Victoria Street, Suite E, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Call or Text (805) 252-9512


We offer five different levels of classes (Beginning IBeginning II, Advanced BeginningIntermediate, Advanced Conversation and Tutoring). The Classes are taught by Professor Alonso Benavides and his associates at various times of the day and week in a living room situation using the most effective teaching methodology. The flexibility of the schedules of classes, the modest cost of the programs, and the liberal make-up policy, allow most students to fit the study of Spanish into their pocketbooks and their busy schedules. To reserve space in one of these classes, you can register by filling out our registration form and mail it to us directly.

New! Read Professor Benavides’ 1994 News-Press Article “Keeping pace in a multilingual world.”

Email Professor Benavides at


8 comments on “

  1. Thomas Moffett
    December 1, 2017

    I’ve been attending evening classes for over a year now and it is amazing to me my understanding of how the Spanish language grammar works. I am able to communicate and have conversations in Spanish and also watch Spanish language television shows and actually understand. I feel with my learning of more vocabulary and continual practice in conversation I will be fluent. Alonso has a wonderful technique of teaching and lots of patience! He will also focus any part of grammar you don’t understand until you do. Thomas Moffett

  2. lesangroyal
    June 15, 2018

    I love taking my spanish classes here! Alonso is a fantastic teacher and I really love the small class sizes. I’m excited to take my new skills abroad! 🙂

  3. dstuck
    June 18, 2018

    I’ve really enjoyed taking classes here! I’m still so surprised how quickly we got to a point where we can communicate almost entirely in Spanish!

  4. David Litschel
    July 6, 2018

    Alonso, I have really enjoyed your conversation class. Being able to talk in Spanish with the other six members of the group has improved my ability to understand others as well as my ability to speak more coherently.

  5. Tracey
    July 9, 2018

    Alonso has been a great instructor to me for the last 2 years! His approach to teaching Spanish is different from what you find in most traditional classes and focuses on vocabulary and grammar that you need in real-world conversations. The way he moves through the grammar is unique and effective — he covers a lot of ground in a shorter amount of time. He is also an overall great person!

  6. terry
    September 13, 2018

    I am about to begin my third year of private tutorials. I took Spanish 1 three times at different points in my life and never was able to speak a word. Now I am able to converse albeit slowly and with lots of mistakes, but still to get my message across. And, most importantly, I am having fun. Unless I someday get to live in a Spanish speaking country, I expect and hope to continue these classes for years to come.

  7. Gordon
    April 3, 2019

    In one semester I’ve learned and can speak more Spanish than in three years of high school classes. Alonso is a terrific teacher with lots of patience – and he needed it with me. But I’ve gained enough confidence to engage in conversations without that feeling of embarrassment that I had before starting the semester. If you’re a beginning student or a returning learner, this is a great place to learn Spanish.

  8. Alonso Benavides
    June 26, 2019

    Classes are in a group setting. Private classes are one on one.

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