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Learning German in Basel

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My wife is working and really wants to learn German during evening class. across the last 12 months she has tried several school without much luck.
- she first started with Ecap but found the group too large (15 people), uneven, and at a slow pace. The teatcher did not bring enough energy to prevent people to fall asleep during the class!
- private teatcher recommended by her company but the guy did not even had a plan on how to develop her skills to at B1 level and was more looking to run conversation classes.
- she tried Inlingua in July (much mor expensive) and the group was very small (3 persons) but again very uneven and the teatcher was quite relax and folowed a very slow pace. She then converted this to private lessons and 5/6 were canceled in short notice. Probably the worst srvice i ever ssas since we live in Switzerland (2006).

I did check the forum and red in most recent posts that inlingua, migros, academia, and allgemeine gewerbe are the recommended choice
German language schools in Basel

Anybody has recent experience to share? Our experience so far has not been really succesful and motivation is eroding.
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Old 21.10.2013, 17:53
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Re: Learning German in Basel

Wish I could help, We moved here one year ago. I started taking classes in January. I had one semester of German at university 20 years ago. I learned more in 3 months in my university class than I have learned in the three classes I have taken here in the past 8 months. They go sooooooo slow, do not expect anything from you, homework is your own doing, if at all.

I need to be pushed, to have tests, to be required and expected to come to class knowing the previous lessons. Without some stress on performance, I have a tendency, like any normal person, to get distracted by life and other things. I would like to continue taking classes. I enjoy going. The last class I took was called "intensive" - 3 hours, four days per week, but I still was not challenged. and what little I learned that I did not know before was not enough to justify the cost. I have tried two different schools, the approach seemed to be the same- too low stress for me. I just completed the A2.2, not sure if I should continue with the B1 or find a conversation class or group.

I could use some suggestions from other also.
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Old 22.10.2013, 17:14
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Re: Learning German in Basel

Thank you Janice for your perspective.
It unfortunately confirms our experience to date.
If anyone has a different experience, I am happy to hear it.
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I am currently learning German at Migros Klubschule in Basel since 4 months now. I have to say my German has really improved all around amazingly. The first two courses I wasn't so sure i was learning enough but now it's ridiculous how much better I understand the grammar and don't even get me started on good I can speak now hah. Anyways I found these German courses to be very good
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Re: Learning German in Basel

Looks to me like it's mucking up your English though. It does mine too.
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Hello,

My wife is working and really wants to learn German during evening class. across the last 12 months she has tried several school without much luck.
- she first started with Ecap but found the group too large (15 people), uneven, and at a slow pace. The teatcher did not bring enough energy to prevent people to fall asleep during the class!
- private teatcher recommended by her company but the guy did not even had a plan on how to develop her skills to at B1 level and was more looking to run conversation classes.
- she tried Inlingua in July (much mor expensive) and the group was very small (3 persons) but again very uneven and the teatcher was quite relax and folowed a very slow pace. She then converted this to private lessons and 5/6 were canceled in short notice. Probably the worst srvice i ever ssas since we live in Switzerland (2006).

I did check the forum and red in most recent posts that inlingua, migros, academia, and allgemeine gewerbe are the recommended choice
German language schools in Basel

Anybody has recent experience to share? Our experience so far has not been really succesful and motivation is eroding.
Hi! This is Sibylle, personal trainer for German and Italian. I fully understand your frustration, as I have heard and experienced things like this many times (years ago I was working for 2 of these schools and am familiar with the irregularities, lack of committment and of professionality...)
I am German trainer for several companies and struggleing hard against the aggressive policy of the private schools in combination with the growing tendency to outsource language training to Basel Language Schools.
Contact me, if you like further informations about my way to teach, my professional training and my references.
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If you like a quick approach to any level, don't hesitate to contact me.

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Re: Learning German in Basel

I can only recommend academia: After each level you can take an exam. academia are the official TELC exam centre in Basel. The vibe is very good there. Teacher's have a continual and high level of professional development.

http://www.academia-basel.ch/en/german.html

I work there in the English Dept. It is also a great place to work.
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Re: Learning German in Basel

Just like to pipe in that I've been having the same experience.
Work has sent me to Inlingua and I have not been impressed.
It is very laid back.
Four weekly lessons so far and very, very basic.

I've been regularly listening to the Pimsleur audiobooks on my 40 minute walk to work and I feel that these are getting me much much further. I feel that I am learning a lot of vocabulary -- much of which is pretty useful.

However, they are not perfect, as they often do not explain some strange grammatical constructions (like nicht vs. kein).

I will be following this thread with interest!
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Re: Learning German in Basel

My Fiancee was also not very impressed with the Inlingua school. Despite the small class sizes, the teachers didnt go to efforts to personalise the twaching experience for the individual. And she was doing 2 classes a week with 2 different teachers, the teachers didnt seem to communicate much.
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However, they are not perfect, as they often do not explain some strange grammatical constructions (like nicht vs. kein).
Ask us in the language section here.
KEIN + Noun
NICHT + Verb
There are small exceptions to that but that alone will bring you far.
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Re: Learning German in Basel

Anyone with experience in GGG Schule?

Would you recommend it?
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Re: Learning German in Basel

Do you know what is the cheapest firm which offer German courses in Basel? Courses seem very expensive in there.
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Re: Learning German in Basel

Just to add more on Inlingua:

My wife took two semesters there. The first semester was great because the teacher was very involved and could communicate well with the students. Second semester was mediocre, to say the least, as the teacher was very laid back and not much progress was made.

I have heard similar stories from friends for Migros Klubschule.

Conlcusion: It all depends on the teacher...

BTW, I am also interested in any general feedback on GGG. My wife is thinking to attending a course there.
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Re: Learning German in Basel

Hi I've been doing my deutsch course with Heidi Wyss
She runs classes in the Spalenring Quartier. Her school is called Deutsch im Quartier. Her number is 061 931 21 41.
I've had great fun and really enjoy my lessons with her we go quite slowly I'm terms of material in the book, but we practice conversationally and get into a myriad of topics.
She's running a beginners course in January every Saturday, and there's a course A2/B1 which happens every Thursday night her prices are super reasonable as compared to the big schools.
I would recommend her classes if you are looking to start in a non- threatening and friendly small sized class (max 5 I think)
Cheers and good luck
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Thank you for the tip. I will contact at her and ask how much it cost now.
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Re: Learning German in Basel

I realise this is an old thread, but wondering if anyone can add any further personal experiences, or did OP's wife find a suitable course? I am looking at courses as we speak, and on paper (internet paper?!) they kinda all look the same...
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Re: Learning German in Basel

Hi there

I have made some courses in different places.
For normal ones (2 times a week) I have found the GGG courses very good, but it all depends on the teacher as in other schools.
If you want to learn more the conversation part then I should say that the Orsini school makes a good job.

Also my wife had a par of courses in Migros school and she foud it also good ones (she liked the teacher).
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I realise this is an old thread, but wondering if anyone can add any further personal experiences, or did OP's wife find a suitable course? I am looking at courses as we speak, and on paper (internet paper?!) they kinda all look the same...
Hello 19Monica,
We finally found what we needed. For intensive course (4 hr per day), we recommend IOR in Lorrach which is easyily reached by train and gives a great quality for money.
For night course, Volrkshochschule beiderbasel is pleasing my wife with two courses a week at 6pm.

Riehen (vorwärtsverein) had also a nice conversation class once a week on the evening but most during the day unfortunately in our case. We also heard a lot of great things about K5 especially when you have young children to take care of.

She tried Migros, Inlignua, Ecap but remained unconvinced. Migros was ok but not terrific if you really wanted a boost.

I hope this helps.
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Re: Learning German in Basel

Hi Guys,
This is an old thread, but I'm still wondering which school to choose for german class.. Any feedback on GGG kurse, seems cheap but I could not find any feedback on B. Kern, the teacher of the A2/B1 course that I would like to take.
Please share your experiences and don't forget to mention the name of your teacher?
Thanks!
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I can recommend Orsini on Heuwaage
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