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Old 14.09.2015, 14:49
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Best intensive German course in Zürich

Hello,

I saw there have been some threads about this topic, but I would like to learn the fresh experiences of the people who experience(d) intensive German course recently. Course schedule can be everyday but half day only and in the mornings. Of course this has to be chekcked with the school but which course is good at that?

Thanks a lot for help..
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Re: Best intensive German course in Zürich

I start the Semi-Intensive German Course at Bellingua this evening. I can post again in about 2 weeks or so after I've had time to settle in with it.

The class I am in is every Monday and Wednesday, 18:00 to 20:00.
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Re: Best intensive German course in Zürich

Hi! I attended the intensive course at Alemania for the first two steps (A1.1 and A1.2), and the reason why I couldn't go further had nothing to do with the quality of teaching! The course schedule is quite different from other intensive courses: just two hours a day, because the "policy" of the school is that after two hours your brain can't focus properly and the quality of learning decreases. I couldn't agree more. My classes were from Monday to Tuesday, 11.15 to 13.15, so it's suitable for someone who is working in the meantime (I wasn't, by the way), but they have different times, starting from 9 AM, and an evening course twice a week, too. I know that in the internet there are a lot of different opinions about this school, but I am in the "good school" team. Maybe I was lucky, but my teacher was a very good one, and I enjoyed the time spent there with my "colleagues". Obviously, learning doesn't have to stop at school, especially if the class lasts only two hours; so, everyday you have homework (some exercises at the end of every unit of the book, for me it used to take no more than half an hour), but like this you have more time to practice the language outside the school, which is one of the most useful things. Other positive facts: the same teacher follows you in all the steps required to acquire the level (if you don't change class of course), but maybe it's the same in other school, I don't know; and the price: as far as I know, Alemania is one of the cheaper schools in Zurich. That is what I can tell you for now, but if you have questions, feel free to ask!
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Re: Best intensive German course in Zürich

I studied A2 and B1 at Bellingua this year, really solid school. Never been to other schools so cannot compare, but what I experienced at Bellingua totally matches its reputation. Teachers do make a difference, not all teachers I had are equally good of course, but on the other hand not a single one is bad. From what I heard (from classmates who also attended other schools), comparatively Bellingua places more focus on grammar, and because the class size is small (on average I had 4-6 classmates) you also get enough personal attention on writing correction and speaking.
Intensive classes are 8.30-11.45 M-F, a weekly test every Friday. When things are too difficult, you can always go back to a slower class, the other way as well: when things are not challenging enough, you can apply to join a faster class(every time you jump, you jump 3 weeks, as classes are 3 weeks' progress apart from each other), provided 1)your teacher confirms that you are consistently better than your colleagues and 2)you pass the weekly tests of the weeks that you are trying to jump over.
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Re: Best intensive German course in Zürich

Hi,

EB Zurich is a pretty good school as well and they have decent prices.
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Re: Best intensive German course in Zürich

check migros as well.
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To anyone who wants to learn german in Zurich/Switzerland: Don't go to Alemania!
I did three months there and there's really nothing good I can say about that school.
First of all, the staff is really, really unfriendly! At one point they almost wanted to force me to subscribe for the next course and because I didn't the secretary (she might even be the boss) got really rude and insulted me!
They also charged me 9Fr. for a simple confirmation!! What a rip off!
Other negative points:
-The two teachers I had were really awful. They kept talking for hours and none of the students understood anything.
-They have lots of courses on their webpage that didn't ever take place! It's all bullshit. Also activities they mention on their website, like movie-night, excursions etc. don't even exist.
-Their equipment (projectors, cd-players) are really old and not working half of the time.
-They don't even have Wi-Fi Internet! So don't even bring your tablet computer.

My experience at ALemania was so awful, that I just want to advise everybody not to go there.
I will try alpha now.. can't possibly be worse than Alemania in any way..
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Re: Best intensive German course in Zürich

Had an awful experience with Migros Clubschule, the course was on Saturdays.
I found a private teacher, having lessons via Skype, passed A1 with sehr gut ( 97 out of 100 )and looking forward to pass A2 Prufung in December.
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Re: Best intensive German course in Zürich

It all depends on the teacher... with that said, here are my 2Cs...

Bellingua is, without doubt, the best language school in Zurich, in that you are guaranteed to learn and improve a lot in a given time frame. This is, however, achieved only with a lot of (hard) work from your side as the student. One is assessed (by tests) regularly and will be moved to a lower level class should the test result is unsatisfactory. Bellingua is not cheap, but you'll learn efficiently. Can you find teachers equally good elsewhere? Yes, of course, but that depends on luck, whereas Bellingua can guarantee you a certain standards of your teacher/learning.

ZHAW and EB would be your second best bet - reasonably priced with proper qualified teachers. You won't be pushed though (just like in most other adult learning settings), so you'll need to motivate yourself.

Otherwise, there are many other schools in Zurich and with those schools, it's very difficult to give any general, overall recommendation as the quality of the teachers often varies widely.
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Re: Best intensive German course in Zürich

What do you think about inlingua-zuerich.ch
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Re: Best intensive German course in Zürich

Thanks all for your responses to my thread. I still did not find the time to start the intensive course, I will update here my experience when I start..
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Re: Best intensive German course in Zürich

I have had a good experience with Flying Teachers. They are much cheaper than all the others because the teachers are in training. I'm on my third course there and so far, so good!
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Re: Best intensive German course in Zürich

Hello
I also made very good experience in EB Zürich, where I passed courses from A2 to B1. Teachers are very good and I learned a lot in a quite motivating class and very nice atmosphere. And they have many different kind of courses - standard, intensiv, semi-Intensiv, conversation, writing, ...! It is a very good quality and a good price.
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Re: Best intensive German course in Zürich

Having wasted a lot of money on Benedict schule, and then finding a hidden gem - Sprachwelten - I would highly recommend the latter to everyone!
At Sprachwelten, we had a very small group of 4 students, so there was a lot of personal attention and a lot of opportunity to speak - something that big schools with 20 people in one class don't have. I wish I had found it sooner - I would certainly have found it a lot easier to absorb the basic grammar.
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