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We recommend our free placement test for your individual course selection and level assessment. For private lessons we will gladly advise you individually. It is possible to join courses that have already commenced. Please contact us for a personal consultation.

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Are you looking to learn German in a short space of time and earn a recognised certificate to prove your proficiency? Our goal-driven certificate course is designed to help you gain a good grounding in German in next to no time, making it easier for you to integrate into Swiss society and, if you wish, look for work.

Depending on your level, you will learn the words and phrases you need in different everyday situations: shopping, visiting the doctor or reading challenging newspaper articles. You will also become acquainted with the different parts of the exam and work on strategies to help you pass the internationally recognised telc examination at the end of the course. The fast learning pace brings rapid success.

Additional study: 5 to 6 hours per week

With our classroom-based courses, you and your fellow students enjoy in-person teaching at an Academia school in your region. The timetable remains the same throughout. Your teacher is highly qualified and will ensure that lessons are varied and fun.

Requirements

No prior knowledge of the language is required for A1 courses. For higher-level courses, we expect you to be comfortable with the previous level. Take our placement test to make sure that you are at the right level.

Objectives

A1 – lower elementary

By the end of this level A1 course, you will be able to understand and use familiar everyday phrases and very simple sentences. You will be able to introduce yourself and others, ask other people questions about themselves and answer questions of the same kind. You will be able to interact in simple terms, provided that the other person speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help.

Qualification

telc exam at level A1
You can take the exam at our accredited examination centre. The exam fees are not included in the course price.

Follow-on options

On completing this course, you have a choice of options if you wish to continue to improve or consolidate your language skills.

Ideal for

  • Anyone who enjoys quick, focused learning
  • Anyone who needs to document their language proficiency for a residence permit or for naturalisation (please note the level required)
  • Anyone who enjoys face-to-face learning and feels more comfortable if they are able to see gestures and body language in person
  • Anyone who likes learning as part of a class

Special

We provide daytime childcare during classes at our Basel and Zurich schools.

We recommend our free placement test for your individual course selection and level assessment. For private lessons we will gladly advise you individually. It is possible to join courses that have already commenced. Please contact us for a personal consultation.
For more information about the European language levels or possible exams, please visit the linked pages.

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