General Information

HSK English classes are designed to be engaging.  Children learn to express themselves in English in a range of different ways, through oral activities, games, story-telling, and a range of writing, reading and other activities.  Our aim is to broaden children's experience of English and to develop their awareness of the subtleties of language.  For example, through looking at poetry and newspaper reporting, children are able to discern the different styles and purposes behind the writing.  We also encourage children to share their own interests when deciding on the content of the classes, and there is an emphasis on authentic communication.  The idea is that children express themselves and their interests fluently rather than in an abstracted or theoretical context.

 4+ For children in kindergarten years 1 and 2. Play-based learning with an emphasis on child-led activities. A whole-language approach to literacy based on authentic communication. Phonics (letter-sound learning) and simple reading and writing activities.  

 6+ For children in primary school grades 1 to 2/3. A strong focus on developing good reading and writing skills and expanding vocabulary and expression. Analysis and creation of more complex oral language and written text, with an emerging awareness of how language is influenced by the cultural context. 

 8+ For children in primary school grades 3 to 5. A strong focus on further developing reading and writing skills, good grammar and advanced vocabulary. Development of critical approaches to text and language, with increasing awareness of the way culture is embedded in narratives.
                
                We keep a lending library of age-appropriate books in each of our classrooms and all children are encouraged to take a book home to
                read each week.


The Particulars

HSK English courses are held for two semesters per year. The first semester in the 2018/19 school year commences on 3rd September 2018, and runs for 12 weeks.  The second semester commences on 21st January, 2019, and runs for 14 weeks. Courses follow the holiday schedule of the local school calendar. Classes meet once per week for two hours (2x50 minute sessions with a break in-between). 

HSK English is a not-for-profit organisation; teachers are remunerated appropriately, to attract and retain best talent. The board consists wholly of volunteers.

Costs are budgeted per semester for a class of 7-12 children with the following cost structure:

  • Association fee 20 CHF per family per year
  • Tuition fee 450 CHF per student, per semester
  • All teaching materials are included in the tuition fee. We may occasionally suggest additional materials that you may wish to purchase for your child
  • Fees may be paid in one lump sum or in two instalments over the first two months of each semester
  • 10% discount for 2nd (and subsequent) child(ren)
Class Schedule
The current schedule of classes is available here: Schedule and Locations 2018 - 2019.

Registration
Details of the registration process are available at the following link.