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Old 06.07.2007, 16:53
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hello there,
I'm currently attending migros klubschule and i think its great. my wife also went there to learn english. migros is really well known by a lot of people.
OK! I think I'll join Migros...

THANKS GUYS
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Old 06.07.2007, 17:18
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Re: Migros klubschule or Benedict?

It always really comes down to the group and teacher you get - not a specific institution. So why not give Alphasprachstudio in Stadelhofen a visit first...
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It always really comes down to the group and teacher you get - not a specific institution. So why not give Alphasprachstudio in Stadelhofen a visit first...
Hi John,

Thanks for your post.

I did visit Alpha first. I asked for intensive courses and they seemed to be very professional. The only problem: the prices..much more expensive than Klubschule or Benedict...that why I decided to pick those two.

Is it really worth it?

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Old 06.07.2007, 18:03
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Re: Migros klubschule or Benedict?

Generally yes. Although they're peas from the same pod. Search for smallllllllll classes, be critical of numbers, fellow students, objectives-reached guarantees etc.
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Re: Migros klubschule or Benedict?

I teach English there and have learnt a little German there too. Did you compare the number of teaching minutes for the price? It is about a 1000chf for one month of intensive - depending of course on how many days the month is, usually 18-22.

If Alpha really is a lot more then just give the others a shot. My advice would be to just not pay too far in advance, you may get a dud bunch, and that, the dynamic between learners themselves and with the teacher is what makes or breaks a course. A teacher can only do so much with what is before him...

Good luck!
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Hi,

I went to the Benedict intensiv german course for 6 months in Zurich and have found it great. It is intense (as the title states) and I believe well worth it if you are prepared to put the work in.

I thought that the hours were good (9-11.45 and an afternoon class from around 1.30-4.40ish) and 5 days per week. Everyday I had around 4 hours homework. I also think that Benedict is flexible as you can put the course on hold at anytime.

One of the teachers really sucked and there are enough students to have parallel classes going on at the same time, so I easily swapped into another. Every school must have poor teachers I guess???

I reccomend them. And if anyone is interested in going there (or any Benedict school) I have a voucher that I will sell at a reduced cost from the value.

Good luck with German everybody!
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Am just checking back on this thread, and was wondering if anyone has any experience with Language Direct?

I have been going to a school with small classes for almost 30 weeks. I keep vascillating in terms of whether I feel l am getting my money's worth from it. Most classes that I've looked into are 2x weekly, and because of our family schedule, that is not realistic for me. This school was 1x weekly but I feel, like others have posted, that we spent so much time moving slowly and learning to say "My name is" and "I come from" [Not the kind of thing that is useful at the till or the post office] that I've been frustrated in real life (I now send the husband to the metzgerei on Saturdays ). I think I need a break from the hectic "child swap" with hubs each week to get to class but I don't want to stop formal instruction completely as I think it's important to stay in the groove (I don't want to take a break and not pick it back up again).

Anyway, was looking for a new school and found this one online. It's basically like having a private lesson from your home, over the phone and online. I was just curious if anyone else has used them.
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Intensive German Course in Zurich?

Is there a school offering an intensive weekend course? Is it possible to enroll anytime? Your experience? Cost? Or is there just an evening course available?
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Re: Intensive German Course in Zurich?

Take a look at this thread, where German schools have been heatedly discussed:

[German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

In fact, I'll move this thread into that one.

FWIW, I've taken intensive lessons at Klubschule Migros. The important thing, however, is the teacher, and the class dynamics.
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Re: Intensive German Course in Zurich?

Hi you guys,

I found this school in internet. It sounds great that intensive class with 2 hours each day and five days a week costs 580 CHF/month. I just wonder how the course is going. Have anybody attended it or had any experience?
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Hi you guys,

I found this school in internet. It sounds great that intensive class with 2 hours each day and five days a week costs 580 CHF/month. I just wonder how the course is going. Have anybody attended it or had any experience?
Which school are you referring to?
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Well i was in the Migros, is really good and the price good!
i just take 4 months intensive and i understand german (i dont speak ... just because am lazzy!) well swiss german i really dont understand a word...
i was in migros kalbreite, next to the wiedikon train station.
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

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Am just checking back on this thread, and was wondering if anyone has any experience with Language Direct?

I have been going to a school with small classes for almost 30 weeks. I keep vascillating in terms of whether I feel l am getting my money's worth from it. Most classes that I've looked into are 2x weekly, and because of our family schedule, that is not realistic for me. This school was 1x weekly but I feel, like others have posted, that we spent so much time moving slowly and learning to say "My name is" and "I come from" [Not the kind of thing that is useful at the till or the post office] that I've been frustrated in real life (I now send the husband to the metzgerei on Saturdays ). I think I need a break from the hectic "child swap" with hubs each week to get to class but I don't want to stop formal instruction completely as I think it's important to stay in the groove (I don't want to take a break and not pick it back up again).

Anyway, was looking for a new school and found this one online. It's basically like having a private lesson from your home, over the phone and online. I was just curious if anyone else has used them.
Hello Music Mole, I just wanted to know what school you are at one evning a week? I am trying to find a once a week class but not having too much joy.

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Which school are you referring to?
Oops my mistake ,

Here is the school
http://www.alemania-deutschschule.ch/index.htm

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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Enrolled at Alpha, start my course tonight, will advise.

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Old 20.08.2007, 12:23
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OK! I think I'll join Migros...


In a last-ditch attempt to talk everyone out of going to the Migros Intensive German Foundation course, I'm going to describe exactly what you'll learn.

I did the course in Baden back in June, and it was terrible. Because the teacher doesn't do direct English-German translations (or any other language to German), she ended up flapping her hand in a go-away signal, to teach us verbs like gehen - "to go". Some of the flapping made sense, a lot of it missed the mark. And exactly what kind of flapping movement she'd use to teach us past tense verbs is beyond me.

Anyway, here's a list of what we covered in the 20 two-hour lessons.

1. My name is, I am called, etc.
2. Members of the family, how are you, what is he/she/you called ?
3. Masculine/feminine, numbers 1-100, where are you from, where do you live ?
4. Have you any children, are you married, etc.
5. I am/you are.
6. Professions. What do you do ? What do you like doing ?
7. Negative verbs ("I don't speak German").
8. Shopping, fruit & vegetables.
9. An entire class devoted to "I am called", "How are you called", etc, as we'd just started a new course book, and it's first chapter covered this topic. We had all learned and been tested on these phrases a week and a half before.
10. Countries, travelling, reading/writing/listening to numbers.
11. Weather, seasons.
12. Letters of the alphabet, spelling words in German.


If I had to sum up the Migros course, I'd describe it as "learning through frustration". It seemed to be testing your existing German knowledge, rather than teaching you, then testing you.

An example: in one course, we were given a list of food names, and asked to put them into masculine, feminine or neutral lists. Good luck with this task - we'd never seen any of these words before, let alone knew what gender they were.

The course book is, quite seriously, the worst I've ever seen. Part exercise book, part children's book, with a particularly bad set of CDs.

In one exercise, the CD hums out a phrase. You have to guess if that hum is phrase 1 (with 5 words in it) or phrase 2 (with 2 short words in it). Ridiculous. Completely ridiculous. I could do that in any language, and it doesn't teach you a thing.

I can't stress it enough:
Avoid Migros.
(Or, to put it another way, "hmm-mm HMMmm-mmm")

Buy yourself a decent CD package (Rosetta Stone is expensive but is quite good, Michel Thomas German is excellent, and "Before You Know It German" is really good for teaching and testing you using flip-cards)

As you can see from what we covered in the course, you can get most of this knowledge with a decent book/CD set, without all that wild arm flapping.


Hope this is useful to some of you.


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Re: Intensive German Course in Zurich?

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I don't know anything about this school or instructor, but when researching schools for myself, I found this listing that offers Saturday instruction - it's pricey though!

Hope that helps.

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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Hi,
I've got Level A2 I think. I was looking for an intensive one to one private course. Does anyone have any recommendation, experience?
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anyone? ..................
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

i've done personal lessons and class lessons, i recommend class lessons due to the peer pressure. no idea for individual lessons in ZH sorry - you may find some adverts in a supermarket which'll be much cheaper than using an agency.
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