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[Italian/German] Language classes aimed at immigrants?

We're moving to Lugano at the beginning of January. I've got a job where I'll be able to work in English but with a lot of German speakers, so learning German will be helpful. Additionally, we're going to want to learn Italian to get by in daily life.

In the US, there are "ESL" (English as a Second Language) courses which are aimed at getting recent immigrants acclimated to language and culture as quickly as possible. These courses are often scheduled at night to make life easier for working folks, and are generally inexpensive.

I've been looking for such courses in Lugano, but I'm mostly finding expensive courses aimed at more recreational study or day courses for new university students.

Are there night courses in Italian (and maybe German as well?) in or around Lugano? Is there a federal program that I'm just not finding in online searches?

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Re: [Italian/German] Language classes aimed at immigrants?

try Migros Klubschule

not sure they operate in Lugano, but usually they are swiss-wide

Also, from my experience - I would focus on Italian, German may be useful a bit at work (but if your company language is english, its not so important), but the Italians/Tessiners typically (yes I am generalising) don't speak anything other than Italian (have tried many a time to book accom over the phone and failed), so I would start with that. You will find it makes everything easier (insurance, household issues, banking, blah blah blah)

But, given I live in the north, a southener may have other comments ?
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Re: [Italian/German] Language classes aimed at immigrants?

I think what the original poster is asking about here is whether there are government programs to assist new immigrants integrate better by learning the local language. He is referring to such programs in the US, and I also know of similair assistance in countries such as Australia.

As far as I am aware, and I could indeed be wrong, there is no such program here, but it could vary from canton to canton. I've seen another poster on this forum complain that they weren't poor enough, or weren't "foreign enough" to qualify for government assistance in this regard.

In my time in Switzerland I've never come into contact with anyone who had ever been on such a program. I would also be interested to know what government assistance, if any, is available to help people learn the local language.
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Re: [Italian/German] Language classes aimed at immigrants?

As far as I know the only government sponsered language courses available are the ones through the RAV (unemployment office) but as you have a job you would not qualify for those. You could, if there is a stay at home parent in your family, try the local parents association for classes. The one where I live does cheaper courses than the language schools but I have no idea what the quality is like.
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Re: [Italian/German] Language classes aimed at immigrants?

I did a little research on google and found this page:

http://www.lugano.ch/salute/welcome.cfm?catID=02003004

The courses are meant for foreigners living in Lugano and willing to learn Italian. The course at "Il Centro" costs 40 CHF per semester. The course organized by CLIC is an 88-hour course and costs 60 CHF. This is what they say on the web page. You can get more information by writing to the email addresses given.

I hope this will help

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Re: [Italian/German] Language classes aimed at immigrants?

Excellent, that's exactly the type of thing I was looking for.

Thanks!
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