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Old 08.05.2012, 22:06
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ECAP German courses in Basel

Anyone done a German course with ECAP in Basel?

Are they good?

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Hi Cran,

I just finished an ECAP course and I have mixed feelings about the level of instruction.

As is the case almost anywhere, the quality of the course is proportional to the quality of the instructor. What makes ECAP slightly unique is that the intensive courses are taught by two instructors. One teaches three days a week (M-W) and primarily focuses on conversation. While Th-F are lead by the other teacher, who covers grammar and administers and grades tests.

In the course I took, one teacher was superb and the other was sub-par. The latter had a good heart, but struggled to engage the students, keep our interest, and she followed the book and the exercises in a rote manner and without any creativity. Essentially, she was extraordinarily boring and lacked the ability to properly moderate any healthy discussion or stimulate the students. This was especially unfortunate since she was our "conversation teacher" and we had her for 3 out of every 5 class days. The other teacher was the antithesis, and I desperately wished we had more time with her.

Other students in my class that have been at ECAP longer expressed to me that they often received one strong teacher and one weak one. Sometimes they would receive two strong teachers, but luckily never two weak ones.

The students in my class were primarily from the Middle East and Asia, and most were there to complete their certification of language proficiency in order to make finding work easier. Some took the course seriously and studied, while others hardly ever completed the homework and did nothing but slow down the pace of the rest of the class.

The price point of an ECAP course is approximately equal to the Volkhochschule in terms of price per course hour -- they each cost around 16chf per lesson hour. Plus they offer plenty of shorter courses throughout the year, usually 8 weeks in duration. So, if you live in Kleinbasel it could be a good choice. Just be sure to do what I should have done: switch classes if you don't like one of your teachers. It's not too difficult to do if you talk with one of the administrators.

Good luck!
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Hi Cran,

I just finished an ECAP course and I have mixed feelings about the level of instruction.

As is the case almost anywhere, the quality of the course is proportional to the quality of the instructor. What makes ECAP slightly unique is that the intensive courses are taught by two instructors. One teaches three days a week (M-W) and primarily focuses on conversation. While Th-F are lead by the other teacher, who covers grammar and administers and grades tests.

In the course I took, one teacher was superb and the other was sub-par. The latter had a good heart, but struggled to engage the students, keep our interest, and she followed the book and the exercises in a rote manner and without any creativity. Essentially, she was extraordinarily boring and lacked the ability to properly moderate any healthy discussion or stimulate the students. This was especially unfortunate since she was our "conversation teacher" and we had her for 3 out of every 5 class days. The other teacher was the antithesis, and I desperately wished we had more time with her.

Other students in my class that have been at ECAP longer expressed to me that they often received one strong teacher and one weak one. Sometimes they would receive two strong teachers, but luckily never two weak ones.

The students in my class were primarily from the Middle East and Asia, and most were there to complete their certification of language proficiency in order to make finding work easier. Some took the course seriously and studied, while others hardly ever completed the homework and did nothing but slow down the pace of the rest of the class.

The price point of an ECAP course is approximately equal to the Volkhochschule in terms of price per course hour -- they each cost around 16chf per lesson hour. Plus they offer plenty of shorter courses throughout the year, usually 8 weeks in duration. So, if you live in Kleinbasel it could be a good choice. Just be sure to do what I should have done: switch classes if you don't like one of your teachers. It's not too difficult to do if you talk with one of the administrators.

Good luck!
Jason
Hi jason,

I am gena and i am currently studying in ecap a1 course. my question is do u know if how many months the complete a1 course as in migro the whole A1 book is in 2 months in order to complete and proceed to A2 and now i am new in ecap i enrolled intensive course for 8 weeks but i have no idea if this 8 weeks means the whole course a1 and after this i can proceed to A2... I am bit confuse here. I really like to ask my teacher but since i just started this week i have not much time to interrupt him about this issue.

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Gena
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Hi jason,

I am gena and i am currently studying in ecap a1 course. my question is do u know if how many months the complete a1 course as in migro the whole A1 book is in 2 months in order to complete and proceed to A2 and now i am new in ecap i enrolled intensive course for 8 weeks but i have no idea if this 8 weeks means the whole course a1 and after this i can proceed to A2... I am bit confuse here. I really like to ask my teacher but since i just started this week i have not much time to interrupt him about this issue.

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Hi Gena,

I could be mistaken, but I believe that each level A1, A2, etc. requires two 8 week courses to complete. At least, I remember this to be the case with the B-level courses.

The easiest thing to do is to either ask your instructor before or after class, or go across the street and speak with someone at the administrative offices. They'll be able to assist you better than anyone else.

Viel Glück,
Jason
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Hi Gena,

I could be mistaken, but I believe that each level A1, A2, etc. requires two 8 week courses to complete. At least, I remember this to be the case with the B-level courses.

The easiest thing to do is to either ask your instructor before or after class, or go across the street and speak with someone at the administrative offices. They'll be able to assist you better than anyone else.

Viel Glück,
Jason
Hi jason,

Thank you very much for your kind quick reply actually i did asked from the office before but the lady i was talking had a hardtime explaining to me in english and i don't understand here so the best thing to do is i will ask my teacher will try to find the best time to ask after class if he is not busy.
Thnk u very much for an idea.

Danke,
Gena
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Re: ECAP German courses in Basel

I'm currently attending night classes at ECAP Basel (2 evenings a week over 15 weeks). This is my second course having completed A1 last year. I think I've learned a small bit and can read German quite well but as for conversation, forget it! I like the course structure in that it teaches you the basics and I feel I've a good vocabulary as a result of the classes, but the emphasis on grammar limits my confidence to speak the language. Overall I'd recommend ECAP but it depends what you want to get out of the course - I want to help my son with his homework and I feel I can do that now, but I'm not able to make myself understood in shops or social situations.
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I'm currently attending night classes at ECAP Basel (2 evenings a week over 15 weeks). This is my second course having completed A1 last year. I think I've learned a small bit and can read German quite well but as for conversation, forget it! I like the course structure in that it teaches you the basics and I feel I've a good vocabulary as a result of the classes, but the emphasis on grammar limits my confidence to speak the language. Overall I'd recommend ECAP but it depends what you want to get out of the course - I want to help my son with his homework and I feel I can do that now, but I'm not able to make myself understood in shops or social situations.

Me too i am currently attending classes at ECAP intensive course montag bis fritag. I feel ECAP is good.Class start at 10:30am tilll 12pm.And we have two teachers and they are both nice and good. But only problem is A1complete course is equivalent to 4months coz A1intensive class 8weeks is just half from the book so every level i have to study 4months which is quite long unlike migro its only 2 months for complete intensive A1 course. Now i am in A1(1.2) so after this i will go A2.
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Re: ECAP German courses in Basel

I know next to nothing about ECAP courses but I've been thinking of taking a course in Lörrach, Germany (http://www.ior-sprachschule.com/inde...nsivkurse.html). It appears to be quite intensive and inexpensive, as compared to Swiss courses. Has anyone attended the iOR course? Is it worth commuting?
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Jason, thanks for these good tips you shared with the rest.

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