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Intensive German Evening Course - Zurich

Hi All,

I am looking for a good intensive german evening course in Zurich. I've had a look through various threads, but I would like some feedback on those that have done such a course recently or doing so currently - especially as teachers are changing.

I looked at Inlingua which seems good but are there any that are less in price? I would like to do a few levels (A1, B1, C1)..

Also has anyone been to Inlingua and would you recommend it?

Appreciate all advice - Thanks!
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Re: Intensive German Evening Course - Zurich

It depends what you are looking for. I can recommend Bellingua. They are located in HB so pretty convenient. Quality is good but of course it really depends on the teacher you get. As usual, after 3 months, half of the group is gone
Their prices system is interesting (price per course/hour is getting cheaper with time) so it incentive you to finish it. Actually, I went back to them 3 years after my initial course, and I could still benefit from the discounted price.
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Re: Intensive German Evening Course - Zurich

Has anyone studied with Helvetic language institute? Is anyone interested in teaming up with me to form a group of two people for an intensive german course (a1) with them? They have offered me a good package price - please PM me for details.

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Re: Intensive German Evening Course - Zurich

How about the Migros Language School?

http://www.klubschule.ch/English/Languages-courses
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How about the Migros Language School?

http://www.klubschule.ch/English/Languages-courses
Thanks but I've heard quite a few bad reviews about this one so would rather go with another...
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Thanks but I've heard quite a few bad reviews about this one so would rather go with another...

I was happy with them for 3 years and passed my B2 certificate exam. It's pretty much all about the teacher anyway.

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I also went to Bellingua, A1, A2, B1 and B1+. Intensive is Mon-Fri mornings and in the evenings its semi-intensive, so you are looking at approx. 20 weeks for each level if doing it at night. They are excellent at Grammar but one thing a lot of their students report is that there is not so much speaking in class thus it takes longer and you need to do supplemental conversation training (which they also offer afternoon/evenings) as well.
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I was happy with them for 3 years and passed my B2 certificate exam. It's pretty much all about the teacher anyway.

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I also went to Migros Klubschule and was really happy with them. But I definitely agree with you that it's really all about the teacher. The best teacher I had there was an older man by the name of Franz who often drew little pictures/diagrams to help explain things. It was really, really helpful.
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Re: Intensive German Evening Course - Zurich

One more good option is eb-zuerich(Kantonale Berufsschule für Weiterbildung). Their A1 1/3 course will be starting around 23.06 http://www.eb-zuerich.ch/kursprogram...zkurs-1-3.html

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I also went to Migros Klubschule and was really happy with them. But I definitely agree with you that it's really all about the teacher. The best teacher I had there was an older man by the name of Franz who often drew little pictures/diagrams to help explain things. It was really, really helpful.

Yes I do agree that it does depend on the teacher. What courses did you study here and how long did it take you? Most of the feedback I've had is that it's quite slow-paced here..
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I also went to Bellingua, A1, A2, B1 and B1+. Intensive is Mon-Fri mornings and in the evenings its semi-intensive, so you are looking at approx. 20 weeks for each level if doing it at night. They are excellent at Grammar but one thing a lot of their students report is that there is not so much speaking in class thus it takes longer and you need to do supplemental conversation training (which they also offer afternoon/evenings) as well.
I've heard Bellingua are one of the best and as much as I would love to study with them I don't think I could afford to - but thanks!
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Yes I do agree that it does depend on the teacher. What courses did you study here and how long did it take you? Most of the feedback I've had is that it's quite slow-paced here..

What I liked about Klubschule was the various intensity options (more or less hours per week), evening classes, several locations (I want in Baden and in 2 different locations in Zurich), and that you didn't have to sign up for an entire 6 months or year like many schools. I did semi-intensive which was two evenings a week for 2 hours.

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Re: Intensive German Evening Course - Zurich

I am not sure if this will be still of use for you - but a really good language school that I could definitely recommend is called Sprachwelten (not far from Bahnhof Enge). The courses are bit more expensive than in other schools, but I find the extra money worth it. The teachers are great and you have a group of 5 at most. I did my C1 german in a class of 3 and it is really for the best, as you get much more speaking time as in a big group. I did also Migros Klubschule and did a trial in Allegra, but compared to Sprachwelten I didn't find them good at all.
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I completely agree that the teacher alone matters! I paid a lot of money at Benedictschule for my German lessons. But once our teacher changed, I was left so utterly disappointed and frustrated. Frustrated because I could not understand most of what was being taught in the class. And it was not only me, but pretty much the entire class's view. Disappointed because when I tried to change things by moving to another class, it could not be done.

We also gave our feedback to the teacher, but well, you can't really change someone's teaching style I guess.
In the end, I ended up not going to most of the classes I had paid the exorbitant amount for as it seemed to be a waste of time.
However, not all teachers there are bad. It is all dependent on which teacher you end up with.
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I completely agree that the teacher alone matters! I paid a lot of money at Benedictschule for my German lessons. But once our teacher changed, I was left so utterly disappointed and frustrated. Frustrated because I could not understand most of what was being taught in the class. And it was not only me, but pretty much the entire class's view. Disappointed because when I tried to change things by moving to another class, it could not be done.

We also gave our feedback to the teacher, but well, you can't really change someone's teaching style I guess.
In the end, I ended up not going to most of the classes I had paid the exorbitant amount for as it seemed to be a waste of time.
However, not all teachers there are bad. It is all dependent on which teacher you end up with.

A Palestinian I know learnt German really excellently at Benedict. Mum learnt Italian, Spanish and English at Migros Klubschule. While Dad, angered by the Klubschule, learnt English well with HULL-SCHOOL close to Bellevue


AKAD (Akademiker-Gemeinschaft) in Oerlikon is an excellent School for high standards where people for instance are prepared for the Cambridge Proficiency
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Re: Intensive German Evening Course - Zurich

Lots of people said Flying Teachers are not bad at all. They offer intensive courses in the evenings. I've never tried it but I'm considering it. Maybe some of you will find the info usefull too
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Re: Intensive German Evening Course - Zurich

I am taking intensive course in Flying teacher. we have 4 people in the class. The teacher is actually very nice and enthusiastic. She keeps the teaching speed at quite reasonable degree.

I can see Flying teacher also invests some effort to control the teaching quality. They have crosscheck system to look after the teachers and ensure the learners wont get lost.
I paid 380chf for this 4week-class (60 hours). Moneywise, very convincing and qualitywise, so far so good.
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One more good option is eb-zuerich(Kantonale Berufsschule für Weiterbildung). Their A1 1/3 course will be starting around 23.06 http://www.eb-zuerich.ch/kursprogram...zkurs-1-3.html
This is where I took a B2/C1 grammar course and it was excellent - my impression was that the teachers might have more formal education that at some other schools. My teacher had trained as a German teacher as opposed to qualifying through a training program for teaching at a language school. But I'm not sure that applies to all of their teachers.
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Re: Intensive German Evening Course - Zurich

Have you tried this thread?
German Lessons, Zurich [Schools and Classes - No private Ads]

lots of useful information on schools in Zurich
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