General Information about HSK English Classes
HSK English classes are designed to be fun, engaging and educational. Our students learn to express themselves in English in a range of different ways, through oral activities, story-telling, and a full range of writing, reading and other activities. Our aim is to broaden their experience of English and to develop their awareness of the subtleties of language. We encourage our students to share their own interests when deciding on the content of the classes, and we place great emphasis on authentic communication.
Classes & Age-applicability
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.
For children in primary school grades 1 to 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.
For children in primary school grades 3 to 5. A strong focus on further developing reading and writing skills, good grammar, spelling and advanced vocabulary. Development of critical approaches to text and language, with increasing awareness of the way culture is embedded in narratives.
These classes are specifically for children in primary school grades 5 and 6, and build further on the skills developed in our 8+ classes.
We keep a lending library of age-appropriate books in each of our classrooms and all students are encouraged to take a book home to read each week.
HSK English courses run for two semesters per school year. The first semester in the 2020-2021 school year commences on 31st August 2020, and runs for 12 weeks. The second semester commences on 18th January 2021, and runs for 15 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 for the fall semester (12 weeks)
- Tuition fee 500 CHF per student for the spring semester (15 weeks)
- 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)