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My shortlist of German courses

Hi everyone,

I've recently relocated to Zurich from the UK. I would describe my German as very limited, I would say mid A1. I am looking at intensive courses for A1, A2 and then something longer term thereafter. I have been doing some research and for my budget and time frame I have came up with LSI and Eruditus and enquired into tasty classes for both. I was wondering if anyone had any experiences with either of these two institutions, or if anyone would recommend other schools? I am looking at around 10-15hours per week for around 500-700 francs for 4 weeks.

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Re: My shortlist of German courses

Hi, Welcome to Zurich. I have taken 10 lessons at LSI at A2 level. I thought the teacher was very good, but I think I ended up in the wrong group. Do watch out for this when you go for your taster sessions. In group lessons it is as much about your fellow learners as much as it is about the teacher.
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Ecap Zurich is a cheaper option Google to find if they have something for you.
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Ecap Zurich is a cheaper option Google to find if they have something for you.
I can also recommend ECAP: http://www.ecap-fondazione.ch/joomla/index.php/en/
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Migro Schule has good inexpensive classes. The actual quality depends on the teacher you get.
https://www.klubschule.ch/English
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Hello ,

I can recommend the school named - Flying teachers. I did my A1 - A2/1 with them. Inexpensive and also I liked the teaching staff there. For A1/2 it costed me around 450 chf including the course book.

Website : www.flyingteachers.com
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Migro Schule has good inexpensive classes. The actual quality depends on the teacher you get.
https://www.klubschule.ch/English

I can also vouch for the Migro Schule. It is a good option for the price, and if you get a good teacher it will make all the difference. I have heard stories about bad teachers and also very mixed student groups (different levels of education) but this was not my experience. Would recommend trying Migro if you don't like ECAP.
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Got through my B1 at Migros Klubschule.
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What about skype? Cheap, efficient and one-to-one.
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Got through my B1 at Migros Klubschule.
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4 Hours per week * 3 months ~700 chf. This is Semi-Intensive, they have Intensive as well.

I started on A2 and three years later I reached a (real) B2. Skilled teachers.
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I can recommend D-Schule, run by Domenika Hüsser - she is super friendly and organises classes based on what you need, rather than following a set programme in a group as you have to with schools such as Migros etc. If you just want to be able to communicate in shops and with neighbours, she'll concentrate on getting you speaking, and if you need German / Swiss-German in your job she'll focus on particular vocabulary from your work area. She also posts really cool videos on YouTube to help you learn a few words and have a laugh
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Shortlist of 2 language courses

I'm looking for a new German school for A2.1 level. I have two on my shortlist the first being Eruditus (http://www.erudituslgschool.ch/) It looks interesting as it appear to be a small school with a max of 8 people per class also has a v.appealing price of 500CHfs but v. few reviews.

My second is waiting a month for the EB Zürich to begin as I've seen on here many good reviews, but I'm finding it hard to find a rough class size?

I'm looking for Intensive morning Mon-Fri ideally, with a big emphasis on smaller group sizes. If anyone has any exp with the above or other suggestions I'm all ears!
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I've recently signed up for a course with Berlitz in Zug. Had to wait a while for them to put a class together but was told they'll start a group course when they have at least a pair so class sizes are small. I can update later regarding quality once I've been a few times. Was also told the Berlitz school in Zurich is busier but might be worth asking.
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Re: My shortlist of German courses

Am also in the same boat. I have some proficiency but wanted to work out my levels. Thus I did the online 'exams' to work out my proficiency and Migros said I must start at A1.

Then to double check a friend who just passed A2 to get his C permit suggested going to the Goethe Institut online and actually doing a mock exam. Much to my surprise I did the A1 and passed with flying colours!! They actually tested me on all four factors - hearing, oral, written and listening - whereas the Migros 'exam' was just written.

Given Migros wanted nearly CHF1000 for teaching me A1 am glad I double checked. I will now go straight to A2 but haven't chosen a school yet. I know I have a weakness in written but with extra study I can hopefully correct this!

Thus I suggest others also check it out to get a fair assessment before they cough up their cash....

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http://www.goethe.de/lrn/prj/pba/mat/enindex.htm
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I'm looking for a new German school for A2.1 level. I have two on my shortlist the first being Eruditus (http://www.erudituslgschool.ch/) It looks interesting as it appear to be a small school with a max of 8 people per class also has a v.appealing price of 500CHfs but v. few reviews.

My second is waiting a month for the EB Zürich to begin as I've seen on here many good reviews, but I'm finding it hard to find a rough class size?

I'm looking for Intensive morning Mon-Fri ideally, with a big emphasis on smaller group sizes. If anyone has any exp with the above or other suggestions I'm all ears!
EB Zürich is great. I can't wait to go back there after their summer break. But they won't open a course unless they've reached the minimum of 5 students registered. If it's an intensive course and they have 5-8 students, they would reduce the hours by 1 but you'll still learn a LOT. The teachers even extended the classes by 20 minutes even though they were not paid for the time. We had 7 students for A1.1 and 5 for A1.2. I don't think the class size will be more than 12-14.
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Old 28.07.2017, 17:30
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Re: My shortlist of German courses

For 700ish CHF, you can get 35 hours of 1-2-1 online tuition (a little more if you book in one go).

Say you then do an hour every 2-3 days - or 3 hours a week - that's 3 months worth of 1-2-1 tuition...

Just a thought...

I've also used ENAIP - which are good (4-5 evenings a week, couple hours every evening for their most intensive classes - all the way down to once week)
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Any good Skype lessons (websites?) recommended?

My parents are coming to visit soon, so I won't be able to do intensive face to face lessons when they are here..
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Agree.

4 Hours per week * 3 months ~700 chf. This is Semi-Intensive, they have Intensive as well.

I started on A2 and three years later I reached a (real) B2. Skilled teachers.
How is that a good thing?
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