"Efficient, lively, intense, scholarly and fun teaching. Super !"
Jean Courlet

Our method at the Wessex Academy

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    Our Qualified and professional language trainers

    1. Diana Casella

      German teacher
    2. Eliane Wyniger-Brocker

      German teacher
    3. Markus Dietz

      German teacher
    4. Raissa Casella

      French and German teacher
    5. Sonja Wolf

      German teacher
    6. Aleksandra Szlachetko

      English and German teacher
    7. Ursula Kurz

      German teacher

    Our qualified language trainers are mother tongue or totally bilingual and have a vast amount of experience in their feild. They personalise their teaching approach in the classroom to each of their students in order to attain specific goals within the lesson, that of the student, and in the preparation for the different examinations offered at all levels.

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    A technological state-of-the-art learning environment

    Our teaching methods and material are constantly being revised and brought up to date to allow our students to improve their language skills in the best possible conditions.

    The Wessex Academy’s direct method of language training where the target language is spoken 100% of the time allows for the rapid development of listening skills and helps the learner to start thinking in the target language.

    The Wessex Academy offers a diverse bouquet of learning possibilities including conversation workshops, E-learning via Skype, private, evening, and lunchtime courses as well as total immersion and intensive courses all year round.

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    39 years of experience of preparing students for numerous certificates and diplomas

    We put our vast experience of almost over 40 years of language training to helping our students reach their self-fixed objectives.  Everyday more than 200 students pass through our school on their way to meeting their language goals.

    We custom tailor our teaching approach to every individual, from absolute beginner to the most advanced students, in the preparation for exams, diplomas, or certification as well as in specific areas such as academic or business language study.

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    Test your language level

    We would be pleased to welcome you in our school to evaluate your level.

Course program according to your level

Elementary
Independent User
Experienced

Level A1 : Beginner

For students without any knowledge

Programme

  • Study is essentially oral-based. The book, through pictures, drawings and short texts helps students learn simple words and the present tenses of the auxiliary verbs ‘to be’ and ‘to have.’
  • As vocabulary rapidly increases, written work begins with exercises for this level and other tenses and simple verbs are studied.
  • Grammar is explained constantly in keeping with progress.

 

Course objectives

  • Reach elementary level
  • Be able to express oneself in everyday situations
  • Understand messages, reply to phone calls and read and write simple texts and letters.

 

 

Distance learning

For more flexibility, private distance courses with our teachers are offered via Skype.

Level A2 : Elementary

For students able to express theirselves in everyday situations

 

Programme

  • Taught by a native speaker and assisted by a course framework, study is essentially oral-based, which helps students to express themselves more and more confidently. Role-playing in the language puts students in real-life, everyday and professional situations.
  • New verb tenses and more complex vocabulary are introduced and there is an in-depth teaching of grammar.
  • Writing and spelling complete the programme for this level.

 

Course objectives

  • Reach B1 level
  • Acquire good basic knowledge of the language, particularly in pronunciation, spelling, grammar and writing
  • Be able to make professional and personal telephone conversations.

 


Distance learning

For more flexibility, private distance courses with our teachers are offered via Skype.

 

Diplomas – Exams twice a year

Start Deutsche 2 – Goethe-Zertifikat A2
Enrolment through our institute  – Price CHF 180

 

Language workshops – A2/B1 or B2/C1

These workshops have been set up in order to help students practice and improve their oral skills while at the same time encouraging intercultural and professional exchange between the participants. It is the opportunity to enrich one’s knowledge on a range of subjects thanks to our qualified and experienced language teachers who are all mother tongue.

 

Level B1 : Intermediate

At this level, students have acquired good basic knowledge of the language, particularly in pronunciation, spelling, grammar and writing

 

Programme

  • Study is essentially oral-based, allowing students to express themselves more and more confidently.
  • Role-playing in the language puts students in real-life, everyday and professional situations.
  • New verb tenses and more complex vocabulary are introduced and there is an in-depth teaching of grammar.
  • Business language and writing of simple letters form part of the programme, as well as use of emails and Internet.

 

Course objectives

  • Reach B2 level
  • Acquire solid knowledge of the language, particularly in pronunciation, spelling, grammar and writing.
  • Students are able to make telephone calls and hold conversations about professional and personal matters.
  • Understand public announcements, radio messages and important information in newspaper articles
  • Join in simple conversations and express an opinion,
  • Give an account of an everyday situation and making suggestions.

Distance learning

For more flexibility, private distance courses with our teachers are offered via Skype.

Diplomas – Exams twice a year

Zertifikat B1 – Goethe Institut – Preis CHF 270
Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf (ZDfB) – Goethe Institut – Price CHF 330
Enrolment through our institute

 

Language workshops – A2/B1 or B2/C1

These workshops have been set up in order to help students practice and improve their oral skills while at the same time encouraging intercultural and professional exchange between the participants. It is the opportunity to enrich one’s knowledge on a range of subjects thanks to our qualified and experienced language teachers who are all mother tongue.

Level B2 : High – Intermediate

Students are able to make telephone calls and hold conversations about professional and personal matters. They understand public announcements, radio messages and important information in newspaper articles

Programme

  • The programme comprises general grammar revision, difficult verbs, pronouns and agreements.
  • Vocabulary work includes the difficulties and particularities of the language enabling excellent understanding, both oral and written.
  • Students talk and discuss topical, literary and specialized matters and write compositions, emails and use the Internet.
  • Business and specialized language is introduced according to students’ interests, objectives and profession.

 

Course objectives

  • Reach C1 level
  • Be able to satisfy most professional and non-professional demands efficiently, both in writing and orally.
  • Students are at ease in writing and communicating using complex vocabulary on specific subjects of a private or professional nature.
  • Understand a wide range of long or specialized texts and make a clear, structured oral presentation, take a stand and defend a point of view.

 


Distance learning

For more flexibility, private distance courses with our teachers are offered via Skype.

 

Diplomas – Exams 3 times a year

ZD B2 – Goethe Institut
TestDaf (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache)
Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch International (PWD)
Enrolment through our institute – Price CHF 330.-

 

Language workshops – A2/B1 or B2/C1

These workshops have been set up in order to help students practice and improve their oral skills while at the same time encouraging intercultural and professional exchange between the participants. It is the opportunity to enrich one’s knowledge on a range of subjects thanks to our qualified and experienced language teachers who are all mother tongue.

Level C1 : Advanced

At this level students are able to satisfy most professional and non-professional demands efficiently, both in writing and orally. They are at ease in writing and communicating using complex vocabulary on specific subjects of a private or professional nature.

Programme

  • There is advanced and extensive study of grammar, spelling, and the difficulties and particularities of the language.
  • Oral work includes proverbs and sayings.
  • Students study a book and an author and different literary forms as well as commentaries, interpretations, justification of topical subjects, and broadening of general knowledge
  • Study of business and specialized language continues, according to students’ interests, objectives and profession, using a wide range of vocabulary.

 

Course objectives

  • Reach C2 level
  • Be able to communicate in numerous domains, using correct terminology (banking, economic, financial etc.) for presentations, negotiations and offers.
  • Students can understand long radio programmes, conferences, specialized and complex texts with ease
  • Write clear, well-structured articles on complex subjects.
  • They are able to welcome clients, organize conferences and hold meetings.

 


Distance learning

For more flexibility, private distance courses with our teachers are offered via Skype.

 

Diplomas – Exams twice a year

C1 – Goethe Institut
Enrolment through our institute  – Price CHF 360

 

Language workshops – A2/B1 or B2/C1

These workshops have been set up in order to help students practice and improve their oral skills while at the same time encouraging intercultural and professional exchange between the participants. It is the opportunity to enrich one’s knowledge on a range of subjects thanks to our qualified and experienced language teachers who are all mother tongue.

Level C2 : Maîtrise

Students are able to communicate in numerous domains, using correct terminology (banking, economic, financial etc.) for presentations, negotiations and offers.

 

Programme

  • Advanced study of the particularities of the language as well as sophisticated vocabulary, polished turns of phrase, using impeccable grammar and correct spelling.
  • Development of an argument, reasoning, discussions on topical, political and other subjects according to students’ interests and objectives are part of the programme.

Course objective

  • Be able to read and understand with no difficulty, relate facts,  reason and speak fluently and spontaneously, using precise terms.
  • Students are able to communicate in specialized domains, hold conferences and meetings, use correct terminology (banking, economic, financial etc.) in presentations and important negotiations.
  • Translator and interpreter exams are prepared as well as teaching diplomas.

Distance learning

For more flexibility, private distance courses with our teachers are offered via Skype.

 

Diplomas – Exams 3 times a year

C2 – Goethe Institut
Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP)
Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (KDS)
Grosses Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS)
Enrolment through our institute – Price CHF 450 to CHF 500

Prices

Half day
8:30 - 11:50
or
14:00 - 17:20
3 half days
(12 periods)
from CHF 180
4 half days
(16 periods)
from CHF 230
5 half days
(20 periods)
from CHF 275
Lunch
12:00 - 14:00
1 hour
From CHF 30
1.5 hours
From CHF 40
2 hours
From CHF 50
Evening
17:00 - 21:00
2 periods
From CHF 50
Language workshop
17:00 - 21:00
(according to participants' availability)
2 hours
From CHF 50

1 period = 45 minutes

* Special offers: under 20 years old CHF 255 and for students over 20 CHF 275

Fixed Costs
Enrolment fee for all courses
CHF 50
Foreign student permit
CHF 400
Accommodation research tax
CHF 100
1 person
Flexible time-table
1 hour
CHF 110
10 hours
CHF 950
20 hours
CHF 1'850
2 persons
Flexible time-table
1 hour
CHF 60
10 hours
CHF 500
20 hours
CHF 950
3 persons
Flexible time-table
1 hour
CHF 45
10 hours
CHF 400
20 hours
CHF 650
Distance learning
(by Skype)
Flexible time-table
10 hours
CHF 950
20 hours
CHF 1'850
Total immersion
(min 1 week)
Monday to Friday
from 9:00 - 17:00
40 hours
(constant one-on-one with a teacher)
CHF 3'700

Special offer for under 16 years old: respectively CHF 75 for 1 student, CHF 40 per person for 2 students or CHF 30 per person for 3 students

Fixed Costs
Inscription fees for each course
CHF 50
Tax for foreign student permit
CHF 400
Housing search
CHF 100

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