Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Education  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 14.09.2021, 12:15
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2021
Location: Bern
Posts: 1
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
NadeBG has no particular reputation at present
Language support in Zurich sekundar?

Dear all,

Me and my son (11 y.o.) are thinking relocating in Zurich in the nearest future (probably January 2022), as per my new job…
Right now we live in the French part of Switzerland and my son speaks perfect French although it is not his native language and we speak another language at home. He doesn’t particularly like languages and I am puzzled about what is going to happen to him if I put him in the Swiss German public school.
Another point to consider: he is in the 8H grade (Biel school) which correspond to 6 grade in Zurich school. Next year, if in Zurich, he is supposed to enter sekundar schule or Gymnasium (which he obviously won’t attend because of the exam in German)..
My question is: if they accept him in sekundar schule, will he have separate German classes (language support) that would help him with integration? I have heard different opinions about Zurich. Anyone has the experience?

The other path to consider is the Lucee français de zurich, but it’s a lot of money…
Thanks a lot for tips
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 14.09.2021, 12:28
swisspea's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: From one side of lake Zurich t
Posts: 6,298
Groaned at 39 Times in 29 Posts
Thanked 6,385 Times in 2,935 Posts
swisspea has a reputation beyond reputeswisspea has a reputation beyond reputeswisspea has a reputation beyond reputeswisspea has a reputation beyond reputeswisspea has a reputation beyond reputeswisspea has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Language support in Zurich sekundar?

It really depends on the local town where you enrol and what they offer.



In our town/area (Adliswil-Horgen) they have an intensive language programme that the kids attend for 6 or 12 months before switching to the local school.


If you are serious, then ramp up his German lessons now - add some extra classes or courses, and ask his German school teacher to recommend some extra work that he can do....



Is is very different when a language is the 'core language of instruction' or when it is taught as an extra subject, or is just in the background...



My kids learnt very thorough and technical High German at a bilingual Montessori Primary school. but English is their first language. For the eldest, French is her third and Swiss-German her fourth langauge. For the middle child, Swiss German is third and French is a distant fourth, and for the youngest, English - High German and he was minimally confident in Swiss German and French is an uphill battle - he also has an official diagnosis of dyslexia which makes it more complex. The school was somewhat surprised how fluent his High German was and then how reluctant he was to speak Swiss German - but that is a reflection of him learning "School German" and not 'background Swiss-German'.



Each child has their own language story - you definitely need to consider your son's interests at this age - if he is on track for Gymnasium in French, I would certainly not set him back to German Sek... unless the decision for the whole family is really strong and you have substantial funds to compensate for a lot of challenges.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank swisspea for this useful post:
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Any experience with Microsoft support? Human support? John_H TV/internet/telephone 3 04.01.2021 16:22
cumputer support in Zurich joanamc Other/general 2 04.01.2017 18:39
Your different RAV support in Zurich lost_inbroad Swiss politics/news 6 25.01.2012 14:43
Where to buy a wrist support in Zurich? MariV Family matters/health 3 22.03.2010 10:54


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 09:20.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0