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Old 24.08.2015, 12:55
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Bellingua Lang. School info

Hi All

I would like to join an intense language course to learn High German in Zürich. I have browsed through many websites and forums, however have not found up to date information on Bellingua Language School.
Could anyone update me with info on them? Are they still excellent? Or do you have any other language centres to recommend? I am looking for a very intense (3-4hrs a day) morning course.

Many thanks for any informative comments.

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Re: Bellingua Lang. School info

I took my German lessons with Bellingua after looking at several options in Zürich. In the end, I was extremely pleased with the competence of the teachers, the structure and focus of the courses and with the speed of the courses.

I began from scratch at the A1 level (M-F Intensive Course) and completed the C1 with them, successfully sitting the Goethe C1 Exam 18 months after beginning my lessons.

One thing to note is that the speed of the classes is fast. There are weekly tests - if you fail 2 tests in any one level, you will be asked to move back a level. You recieve a good 2-3 hours of homework per day as well, which is expected to be completed and is pretty much necessary for the group work during the classes. The fact that they don't slow their couses to meet the needs of the lowest common denominator really appealed to me. In A1, for example, we began with 10 students and I believe we lost 5 or 6 of them within the first 2 months of the level.

The focus on Grammar is also intensive. I found that to be a plus, given that German is a very grammar-intensive language. It helped me to fully understand the ins and outs of the language, allowing for new vocabulary to be seamlessly integrated.

In all, I can't speak highly enough of my experience at Bellingua. I had Stefanie, Ladina and Anna as teachers - I'm not sure if all are still there, but I can recommend each of them.
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Re: Bellingua Lang. School info

Hallo,

I will recommand you Academia Schule :
http://www.academia-zuerich.ch/en/
They are really great : Young team and open-mind.
Privat lessons or in group.
They are also everywhere in Switzerland. It might be helpfull.

Cheers,

Julie
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Re: Bellingua Lang. School info

Hi there,I have been to Bellingua but just for a short time .I found it very good for someone who really want to learn quickly and intensively. Someone who need to do the test or need to study in higher lever for work or university. Because for me as an old lady I found with zero background in german ,it was pretty stressful and too intense but I would say the school is very good so just me thou at the end I went to EB Zürich in Altstetten instead ,they are a bit more relax so i was not too scare&stress to go to school . ( also a bit cheaper same 3 hours from Monday to Friday for intensive course )
I also went to Alamenia but i think a bit too short for just for 2 hours per day.
Just a roughly idea for you so I hope it does help.
Good luck
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