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Learn German with Bellingua Language School – in the classroom or via video link
Bellingua is a unique language school right in the heart of Zurich’s business district. Since its foundation in 2002, it has focussed on teaching German as a Foreign Language to fast-learning adults. We use hybrid teaching in our courses: Students can come to the classroom in Zurich or they can join via video link.
Due to the rules adopted by the BAG (status: 28.10.2020), all courses are taught exclusively online via video conference (starting Monday, Nov 2nd, until further notice).
Bellingua focuses its teaching on fast and motivated learners. 90% of our students have a university degree and 75% are between 25 and 40 years old.
83% have a university degree (40% Bachelor, 43% Master, PhD or higher)
75% of the students are between 25 and 40 years old (median: 30 years)
46% Europe, 16% Far East, 15% Latin America, 11% North America, 5% Middle East, 7% other regions
Small, homogenous groups
Classes are held in small groups of 2 to 9 students. The maximum group size is guaranteed by contract. The average group size is 6.
Regular assessments guarantee homogeneous groups: A test is taken after each unit and students must achieve adequate test results in order to continue the course.
One level (A1, A2 etc.) is divided into about 10 modules. After each module, our students take a module test and their speaking skills are assessed three times per level. At the end of each level, a level test is taken. The total of these grades results in the level mark, which, if it is at least 4.0, allows the student to move on to the next level. If three grades below 4.0 are obtained in any one level, it is no longer possible to stay in the same course. Together we will discuss a suitable alternative, e.g. repeating modules, private lessons, conversation practice etc.
Our hybrid courses
Courses we offer
Bellingua is focussed on group courses for levels A1 to C1. We offer intensive courses (5 mornings per week) and semi-intensive courses (2 evenings or afternoons per week). In addition, we offer our students free video-conversation classes for levels A2, B1/B1+ and B2/C1.
On request our students can take private lessons.
Detailed placement test
All students with previous knowledge of the German language take a detailed placement test. This detailed and free placement test helps us assess your level so we can find the right level and course for you.
In the placement procedure, both oral and written previous knowledge is assessed. Our courses are designed for students who do not show any major differences between their oral and written skills.
Courses are guaranteed to take place
Our courses will be provided even if only one person has signed up to attend. However, as long as Bellingua is only allowed to give online classes due to the Corona situation, courses will only be provided with two or more participants booked. If there are three or fewer than three people in the course, the number of lessons per week will be reduced slightly, but not the content of the lessons.
Guarantee for Goethe exams
Thanks to competent teachers and a prescribed curriculum, we guarantee the passing of Goethe and telc certificate examinations.
This guarantee applies to all those who successfully complete a corresponding level course with us (i.e. the level mark is at least 4.0, see “Homogeneous Groups”) and take the certificate examination within 4 months of completing the course.
No risk and money-back guarantee
New students can get to know Bellingua without risk. The students decide whether we meet their expectations of a professional German school and whether they wish to continue the course. In the intensive course, students can decide at the end of the first week and in the semi-intensive course students can decide at the end of the second week. If a student decides to stop the course, we will refund the entire course fee.
Flexible course length and flexible contracts
The student decides how long to book a course for. Our contracts allow flexibility and guarantee motivated course participants. The cancellation period is only one week.
Our language school
Lessons at Bellingua follow a fixed curriculum that focuses equally on all language skills – reading, writing, listening, speaking.
The lessons are geared towards a precise use of the German language in spoken and written form. Based on a solid understanding of grammar, we offer a wide range of interactive exercises, speaking practice, writing exercises and digital exercises that students can check themselves.
All teachers are German native speakers and have a degree in German Studies, Translation/Interpreting or DaF/DaZ (or are about to graduate).
Our teachers receive in-house training and intensive support to familiarize themselves with the curriculum, teaching materials and our teaching methodology.
Centrally located in Zurich
Bellingua language school is centrally located on Löwenstrasse and Nüschelerstrasse, at the heart of Zurich’s business district, within walking distance of the main train station.