Spanish Language Classes

Spanish as a Second Language Program 

The Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) Program is an all-volunteer program that provides Spanish language instruction to adults (ages 18 and up) during three semesters each year: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Language instruction is provided at Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3, and classes are held at St. Matthew’s Education Center, 1726 N Street, NW. While the SSL Program seeks to provide Spanish language instruction to persons engaged in serving their brothers and sisters in the Hispanic communities of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the Program also accepts students who are interested in learning Spanish solely for their personal enrichment.

Please be aware that priority registration is given to parishioners of St. Matthew's and then opened to anyone else.

The following is information regarding the Summer 2017 semester:

Summer Semester 2017 

The 7-week Spring semester will run from June 13 to July 27. During this period, classes will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30pm, with optional pre-class tutoring between 6:00 and 6:30pm. Language instruction will be provided at Level 1 (Beginner) through Level 5 (Advanced). Students may register in person, starting Wednesday, June 7, between 6 and 8pm, at St. Matthew’s Education Center, 1726 N Street, NW. At registration, each student will be assessed to determine the appropriate class level in which he/she will be placed. The cost of the 7-week semester is $40. For more information, please contact Mariella Torello at

Click here for the Summer 2017 Calendar.

End of Semester Celebrations

On the last day of each semester, all the students and volunteers of the semester gather in one of the Cathedral’s large conference rooms to celebrate their achievements. During this “End of Semester Celebration”, each student is conferred an official “Certificate of Participation” to acknowledge their participation in the SSL Program. The celebration is a “potluck” event, where each student and volunteer is invited to bring a dish of food, desert, or beverage of their choice to share with their fellow classmates and volunteers. Family members and friends of the semester’s students and volunteers, as well as alumni of the SSL Program (i.e., former students and former volunteers) are welcome to join us for this celebration. 

Volunteer Teachers Needed for SSL Program

We are looking for volunteers to serve as teachers one night per week (Tuesday or Wednesday) in the Summer semester of the SSL Program, which will extend from June 13 to July 27. Please see above for more details. While volunteers are not required to have formal training in teaching Spanish as a second language, we expect their native language to be Spanish. Classes will be taught in Spanish only. If you are not comfortable teaching a class on your own, we can pair you with a more experienced teacher. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mariella Torello or Carina Carrasco at  

Important: All Summer semester volunteers (new and returning) will be required to attend the pre-semester “Preparation, Planning and Orientation” meeting on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:00pm. SSL Program meetings are held at St. Matthew’s Education Center, 1726 N Street, NW. 

Se solicita maestros voluntarios para el Programa SSL

Estamos buscando voluntarios para servir como maestros una noche por semana (martes o miércoles) durante el semestre de verano del Programa SSL que se impartirá del 13 de junio al 27 de julio. Por favor ver arriba para más detalles. No es un requisito que los voluntarios tengan una capacitación formal como maestros de español como segundo idioma, sin embargo esperamos que la lengua materna de los voluntarios sea el español. Se espera asimismo que los voluntarios cuenten como mínimo con un título universitario. Las clases serán impartidas sólo en español. Si usted no se siente a gusto dando la clase por sí solo podemos acomodarlo junto con algún maestro con más experiencia. Si usted está interesado en participar como voluntario por favor póngase en contacto con Mariella Torello y  Carina Carrasco en la dirección


Se pedirá a todos los voluntarios del semestre de verano (nuevos o que regresan para continuar sirviendo) que se reúnan como equipo el mirécoles 6 de junio a las 6:00 de la noche. Las reuniones del Programa SSL se llevan a cabo en el St. Matthew’s Education Center (Centro de Educación de San Mateo), que está ubicado en 1726 N Street, NW.



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