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Old 01.11.2012, 21:11
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Im just moved in in Basel and I need some good school to start studying German.I would really appriciate your help

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Old 02.11.2012, 00:33
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Hi Denis

My preferred German school is Alemania but unfortunately they are only in Bern Zürich and Luzern. Nevertheless, I first studied with Berlitz in Luzern. I picked up a good base with them but when my teacher did. I eventually found Alemania ...

Berlitz is probably one of the best know language schools world-wide as well and they have a location in Basel !

Another option is the Migros Schools (Klubschule Migros). I have not personally tried a class with them but give them a look. They do have German courses in Basel.

Good Luck!!
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Thanks a lot this really helped me
I will contact them first thing tomorrow morning and choose the best option for me.

Cheers!
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Old 02.11.2012, 10:05
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Hi Denis,

It is my pleasure to help!

I will be curious about which school you select. I am interested in people's language school experiences in Switzerland. Teaching methodology differs among the schools and those differences work well for some and not others. I appreciated more Alemania's (German) style and Berlitz (German and French) over Eurocentre (French), however I still learned a lot in the months I studied with the latter.

Keep me posted and Good Luck!!

PS: Welcome to Switzerland
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Another option is the Migros Schools (Klubschule Migros). I have not personally tried a class with them but give them a look. They do have German courses in Basel.
Hi Denis,

I just saw this thread talking about German Classes at Klubschule Migros that you might find interesting. People are sharing some of their experiences.

Migros Klubschule?

Cheers,
Michele
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Old 03.11.2012, 14:49
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I'm doing a German course at ECAP in Claraplatz.

Am now on my third course 90 minutes a day mon to fri mornings (they also do a three hour a day course too but I figured 90 mins was enough) I started knowing no German at all and have found its working really well for me.

They also teach the classes in German, but after the first couple of lessons you get used to this and I think it is a good thing. Get a dictionary so you can look up any words you don't understand. Also useful for gender and plural.

I knew no German at all when I started, but it isn't a problem, they don't expect you to know anything on the first course.

They also let you drop out in the first two weeks if you decide you don't like it and you only pay the lessons you took up to the day you quit, not the full course.

Regarding German lessons in German, I know some Celta English teachers and they teach English only in English so it is not unusual to teach languages using the language you are teaching...

My GF did classes at Volkshochschule and she was happy with her courses too, but she started at B1 level as she'd done German before.
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I knew no German at all when I started, but it isn't a problem, they don't expect you to know anything on the first course.
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Regarding German lessons in German, I know some Celta English teachers and they teach English only in English so it is not unusual to teach languages using the language you are teaching...
I am happy to read these two comments because they are both so true -- in my experience!

Eurocentre, Berlitz and Alemania, the 3 schools I have attended in Switzerland, all teach in the language you are studying.

Although you are not expected to know anything, it can be frustrating that they speak to you as though you do.

However, immersion teaching does seem to help the learning process even if it may not feel like it at the beginning.

PS: Thank You for the heads-up on ECAP and Volkshochschule. Nice to learn about some other language education opportunities!
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