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Old 28.11.2020, 00:37
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Re: "Your German is not good enough..."

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My son got this. He arrived in Switzerland aged 10, with no German. He got to secondary, having got the highest maths results in the canton, including a question no-one else solved. He went to Gym, and ended up with a masters in Physics from Basel University. Throughout that (University excepted), the refrain from a few teachers* "Your German is not good enough..."

My daughter rose from Real Schule to Secondär to Gym. Thence to a prestigious apprenticeship, BM, now studying for a degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering at the FHNW. Throughout that (FHNW excepted), the refrain from a few teachers* "Your German is not good enough..."

My other daughter, Secondär, FMS, (Got a degree at the Open University in French and German), C2 German from the Goethe institute, and now at an FH to gain a teaching qualification for Primary. throughout that (OU and Goethe Institute excepted), the refrain from a few teachers* "Your German is not good enough..."

In all cases, their German teachers have said "What? Your German is fine". Weird, huh? I wonder who is right? (The sad thing is, some of these people make decisions based on their unqualified opinion)

(Flameproof jacket donned. Go for it).
Yes, I might have said something similar to a student of mine......
Iirc I didn't say that the students german was insufficient though.
I was more or less convinced that said student knew what to answer but struggled, as many german natives when they are doing their first steps in science, with its precise language. Being a non native german speaker might ad another dimension to this, and, imho its the teachers due diligence to take that into account and at least adress it once.

Really happy to hear that all of your children are doing well.
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