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

I've done intensive German courses at Alpha in Stadelhofen, WBK in Dübendorf and Migros Klubschule in Oerlikon.

Alpha was the best out of the 3 and WBK was the worst. I have to pint out that Migros was pretty good and I learned quite a bit.
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Thanks

I did originally think about Migros, but had heard so many bad things about it (large class sizes, lack of motivation etc) that I wrote it off.

It seems that Alpha is somewhere between the expensive, fancy-pants, small class schools (Belingua, Inlingua, Berlitz etc) and the cheaper, back-to-basics, large class schools (Migros, em...others...).
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It seems that Alpha is somewhere between the expensive, fancy-pants, small class schools (Belingua, Inlingua, Berlitz etc) and the cheaper, back-to-basics, large class schools (Migros, em...others...).
No worries .

I would say your thoughts are correct. As you know, the classes are fewer than 10 people and the teaching is good.

I also loved the location. Nip down for a quick drink at Mishio during the breaks and watch the people go by.

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

LSI I found was pretty top quality but for the coin you pay you really have to do all your homework and more to keep up.

I go to Almenia in Albisriederplatz and for the money I pay it's ok, cheap and when I re-do a level it's half price. I'm now doing c1 again and still learning things from b2 so maybe I'm not such a good example. Plus I think I speak more fluent schwiitzerdeutsh than hochdeutsch now. Comes from working and I think that's the best way to learn, is have it in your daily life as much as possible.... GAL ?
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

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I've done intensive German courses at Alpha in Stadelhofen, WBK in Dübendorf and Migros Klubschule in Oerlikon.

Alpha was the best out of the 3 and WBK was the worst. I have to pint out that Migros was pretty good and I learned quite a bit.
Iam sorry that you didn't have good experiences with WBK. I really would like to know, what's the reason for. Please mail me: christine.schlittler@ wbk.ch, director of the school. Iam looking forward hearing from you.
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LSI I found was pretty top quality but for the coin you pay you really have to do all your homework and more to keep up.

Totally agree.
I went to LSI.
But....how fast you will learn depends of the teachers also.
I do not want to give the names, but some of them are extraordinary good!
So, my suggestion is: LSI.
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Who was your teacher at LSI Marko ?
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Who was your teacher at LSI Marko ?
Can not say. Sorry.
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Just thought I'd provide a wee update now that I'm 5 weeks into my course

In the end I went to see Alpha and Inlingua and they both placed me in upper B1 (or B1+ as Inlingua call it). For some reason I had a better "feel" about Inlingua - the people seemed more friendly and also the class I would go into would be just 3 people rather than 8 at Alpha. So far I am really enjoying it and I learn a lot at each class - there are so many nuances of grammar that we keep discovering and I really fell like I'm getting somewhere. My teacher is fantastic (I can't vouch for any of the other teachers of course....this is just my personal experience!) and my classmates are the same level which really helps as we are all learning together. We started with B2 last week (you stay in the same class and just progress through the stages I think) and it's great to have some new challenges. One point I should mention is that whilst Inlingua sell the course books in their office, they are not "Inlingua" books and can be bought for 30CHF less in Orell Füssli.

So Inlingua definitely has my seal of approval (although as others have said....this largely depends on the teacher rather than the school).
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Dear folks,
I have a situation here. My wife had been doing the german cetificate courses from the Goethe Institute back in India for last 1.5 yrs. She has the B1(ZD) certificate from Goethe with 91% marks (highest in the class) and currently persuing the B2/1 class which completes this week. Now she would like to continue the B2/2 course or equivalent in Zurich starting early next year. This needs to be the 'High german' which the Goethe folks teach and not the swiss german version. Would like to know what are the options in hand in or nearby Zurich so that she can appear for the B2 Goethe exam mid-2010. Goethe doesnot have any own center of them in Switzerland as far as I know, they only have test centres, so what will be the best and suggested option to go about this.
Please suggest and help me out with this and any personal experiences would be more beneficial.

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

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Would like to know what are the options in hand in or nearby Zurich so that she can appear for the B2 Goethe exam mid-2010. Goethe doesnot have any own center of them in Switzerland as far as I know, they only have test centres, so what will be the best and suggested option to go about this.
Please suggest and help me out with this and any personal experiences would be more beneficial.
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Hi Suman,

I did my Deutsch als fremdsprache (A2 till B2 level) from Klubschule Migros Oerlikon and C1 from EB Zürich

Both the schools were really good. In my "opinion" EB Zürich is slightly more economical as compared to Migros Klubschule. I also found the material provided for exam preparation by EB zürich was quite beneficial. The teachers at EB Zürich were also very helpful towards students specific needs.
I also took some lessons at Alphasprachstudio in Stadlehofen but did not find them as useful as .

Zurich University of applied sciences (http://www.zhaw.ch/en.html) organizes the Goethe exams for all levels. In the following link one can find information related to Prüfungstermine for next year http://www.linguistik.zhaw.ch/de/lin...-institut.html


Websites:

http://www.klubschule.ch/
http://www.eb-zuerich.ch/
http://www.alphasprachstudio.ch/

Usually, all these schools provide the option of registering for a free trial lesson. This solves two purposes, 1) Get a first hand experience of teaching methodology applied in school 2) To compare one's own level with that of class before enrolling.

I hope this information will be of some help to you.
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

I also took a class at Alpha. But it wasn't upto my expectation.
So I was there only for a month. I didn't continue after knowing the same teacher will teach next level.

For the money I paid, little over 1000chf, it was rather big disappointing!

I absolutely agree with guys who are saying the important factor in this is a teacher. Unluckily I had a teacher who wasn't attentive to the class.
Other students in my class also wasn't v.fond(?) of the teacher.
But(!!!) they told me that other teachers they have been with at different classes at Alpha were better. So not all of them are bad.
Once we had an replacement teacher, most of us felt how different it was btw these two. how well prepared n attentive was the replacement teacher compare to the original teacher.

I chose this school as it was closest from where I lived at that time + after reading good reviews on the school here.
But mine wasn't happy ending.
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

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Hi Suman,

I did my Deutsch als fremdsprache (A2 till B2 level) from Klubschule Migros Oerlikon and C1 from EB Zürich

Both the schools were really good. In my "opinion" EB Zürich is slightly more economical as compared to Migros Klubschule. I also found the material provided for exam preparation by EB zürich was quite beneficial. The teachers at EB Zürich were also very helpful towards students specific needs.
I also took some lessons at Alphasprachstudio in Stadlehofen but did not find them as useful as .

Zurich University of applied sciences (http://www.zhaw.ch/en.html) organizes the Goethe exams for all levels. In the following link one can find information related to Prüfungstermine for next year http://www.linguistik.zhaw.ch/de/lin...-institut.html


Websites:

http://www.klubschule.ch/
http://www.eb-zuerich.ch/
http://www.alphasprachstudio.ch/

Usually, all these schools provide the option of registering for a free trial lesson. This solves two purposes, 1) Get a first hand experience of teaching methodology applied in school 2) To compare one's own level with that of class before enrolling.

I hope this information will be of some help to you.
Thanks a lot Chbatin for your inputs. Have sent you a PM, can you please check and respond accordingly. Thanks a lot.
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

... date, hate, mate... those words sound the same to us non-englishspeakers anyway.
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

I would have to agree with most of the replies and say that Migros Klubschule is the best value for money on average... if you are looking to get started right away or if you are looking for an intensive class.

I would also recommend looking into the adult education schools and programs offered within your community (if you live outside of the city center). I live in Dietikon and the classes I've taken at the Berufbildungszentrum are not only the least expensive I've seen anywhere, but also the best quality I've had. The drawback is that the classes are not offered in an intensive pace, the class size is slighter larger (but over time it decreases to a smaller size) and they only start 2 times per year. Besides the price, the advantage is that they teachers are very seasoned. My teacher has been teaching German for 30+ years and has developed her own amazing tricks and tips to help us learn.

One thing that I find all German classes are lacking is training in pronunication! I find pronounciation training especially important in Zurich because all I hear is Swiss German and I am trying to learn high German. I also want to minimize my American accent. I am tired of trying to speak German to strangers and to be answered back immediately in English!

The best class I have taken is offered at EB Zurich- Aussprache Training Deutsch. The class is only 80 chf for 8 1-1/2hour weekly lessons. There is nothing cheaper or better! I would NOT recommend the class for beginners, but only to people that are at the B1 level or higher. You need to be comfortable reading German out loud and holding simple conversations.

The class is absolutely fun and so much better than sitting through grammar training again! The teacher is very passionate, kind and engaging. Plus, as an added bonus, she is also an English teacher, so she understands the struggles of English speakers learning German.

My final recommendation is to take multiple types of courses at a few different schools than just putting all of your eggs in one basket by just taking a standard German course. You will benefit from different teaching styles, subjects and methods.
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Hello everyone! Actually, I'm faced with a choice of school and teacher now please, share information about teachers in Alfa - who is really best there. I had experience with Darya some monthes ago, not bad, but not good! I study at Benedict some monthes, from beginning was great teacher but unfortunatelly for class she was preagnant next one was absolutelly different i heart about EB-Zurich good advice. But as always, many depends fron teacher. Would be glad to hear names really great teacher from Alfa and EB. Thanks a lot
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Sorry for the previous posting. I will put it again, hope this time will look better

Hi all,
I just want to share with you my experience in Alpha Sprachstudio School just because I join this school classes after I saw posts on this site. I followed Alpha intensive classes during 3 months. During this time I change 4 teachers, two of them I can say that was very good but the others two were not good at all. I strong recommend you Dorothe and Jeanine.
for you.
Hi Helen this is a quote for you from earlier in the thread, worth reading the entire thread as there are allot of good tips in there.
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Anyone here with recent experience of Migros??

thanks in advance
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I find this quite curious. There must certainly be differences between schools, particularly with regards to pricing. But on what grounds do you (all in thread) find one school 'better' than another?

Is the courseware? Is the price? Is it the size of the groups (surely they all range from large to individual)? Is it location? Flexibility of course times? Or is it the teacher that you get and your own willingness to learn?

No school out there has a magic wand. Does it not depend on your own personal methods for learning? I know people who have picked up more German through osmosis than others who attend lessons. What about TV, there's a box that will babble High German to you all day long, for the cost of a TV licence.

I'm not knocking schools, I attended one (Swissing, teacher; Anna, brilliant) - I guess I'm trying to find the criteria that make one better than another. I abandoned my books early on, they're all childish, but on the oter hand watching childrens TV will teach a beginner more German than trying to thrash it out over Faust. My teacher was smart enough to realise that I understood the books, but I'm not shy and what I needed was to get as much conversation in in the given time period. So we put the books aside, we would talk, and she would pick out the patterns of my mistakes and strengths.

I think learning a language is functional, I'm going shopping, so... 'how much does this cost?' 'do you have it in another size?' 'I would like...' and so on.
Agreed - never had an English lesson in the UK - just got on with it. Total immersion and basta. Not knocking schools - but there is no point in going to courses, then live 24/7 only meeting ex-pats. As for a 'good' school versus a 'bad' one - it depends on what you want to achieve and how your brain works. The individual teacher is a lot more important than the school imho.
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Re: [German] Which is the best school in Zurich?

Nora Kindler and Annelise Julien at EB

I was very happy to do intensive morning B1 there (the classes take place near Bahnhof Altstetten) 0830-1200 5x week CHF780
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