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I'm in the process of picking three primary schools to apply to as a student teacher. Back home in the US, I would pick a public school, to see how teachers manage with a range of students and limited resources.

The context is a little different here because I would need to be in an english speaking class...so a private school. And hopefully a good school where I'd learn how quality teaching practices.

Another limiting factor is that I would depend on public transportation. (Unless schools in Vaud send school buses to Lausanne...do they?)

So far, I've chosen the International School of Lausanne. I would love to observe at the College du Leman (where my professor used to work at) but it's an hour and a half commute...too early for an 8:15 start!

Does anyone know other good schools within reasonable commuting time (1 hour) from Lausanne/Pully? I've been researching like crazy on the internet but all schools have basically the same flashy websites. I don't know how parents are able to choose between them!
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Re: recommendations for a student teacher

Not sure if this helps or not, but have you checked out the legal procedures and possibilities to do this here? In my experience, they do not really have student teachers here like they do in the US. Maybe an international school could have different criteria, but they would still have to follow swiss employment law, etc. as far as I know.

From what I know, like most things in CH, becoming a full qualified teacher here is very organised and follows certain rules/norms. There are specialised schools for this, then while still in training, they are often given experience interacting with children but more doing things like study classes, tutoring, or monitoring of children outside the classroom. Not sure if your US model would fit here or not.

As for commute to CDL from Lausanne for 8:15, many people do this, and for longer distances, getting up before the sun rises...welcome to the real world!
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Hi Running Deer,

Thanks for the perspective. I hadn't realized that a 3 hour commute to and from work was the norm around here! I'd better invest in a train pass.

I'm sorry about the confusion but my degree is with the US, not Switzerland, and it's specifically designed for those intending to teach in international schools. Ultimately, I would be qualified to teach in a private school, but not in a local one. (When you look at the job descriptions at private/international schools here, they say that you'd need a teaching license, but never specifically a Swiss teaching license.)

In many teaching courses (such as mine), student teachers pay the school, not the other way around. It's a way of compensating the teachers who dedicate time to their training.
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Thanks for the perspective. I hadn't realized that a 3 hour commute to and from work was the norm around here! I'd better invest in a train pass.
No idea where you're getting 3 hours from. Train from Lausanne gare to Pont Ceard gare, change in Coppet, is 44 minutes according to CFF timetables.
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Re: recommendations for a student teacher

OP, using "stagiers" is definitely done here, it is actually quite popular way to teach teachers, and an obligatory part of the teaching degree curriculum. I find it very efficient, we have them at work and they are great. You live in Lausanne, contacting HEP should be easy for you. Why don't you go and talk to them to see if they can incorporate you, as a regular stagier, and you pay them? I would start at the dept of English, since that's your mother tongue, rigth? The admissions might be able to help you and direct you, as well.

When you think about your license...You might be able to have some of it recognized, if you agree to take some other modules to complement your US degree, EDK (CDIP) will decide. You might be able to teach local schools, if the level of your local language is at least C1, I think. There is a bunch of info on the requirements on their site. If you dn't speak local lingo, time to really apply yourself and enroll in some intensive class. There are almost free classes, at UniPop Lausanne. If you enroll in HEP as a temporary stagiere, you might be able to use their langauge resources as well. EPFL also offers good French classes. The network of universities is very helpful and flexible, I am about to take some courses at EPFL, eventhough I am enrolled at my home uni in CZ.
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Music Chick, thank you for all that info...that's really encouraging. I wish you all the best for your studies!
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