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About inlingua

Why inlingua?

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What we stand for – now for half a century

At inlingua Bern we have three key values: quality, efficiency and service. This applies to every aspect of our work. Our highest priority is to ensure that every client’s learning experience is as positive and productive as possible.

Our passionate and engaged team’s means to achieve these goals are among others: regular trainings and further development for all our staff, “consequent” application of the inlingua method and our exclusive materials, transparent, timely and appropriate communication, as well as internal and external quality assurance processes such as the ISO29990-certification.

The inlingua method’s success is based on 10 principles:

1. Target language

Only the target language is used during the lesson.

2. Speaking

The main training strategy is learning through speaking. The focus on writing and reading is dictated by the learner’s needs.

3. Learners

Learners speak more than the trainer.

4. Practice

Learners acquire language skills through examples and practice rather than theoretical explanations.

5. Check

Trainers check the extent of the learner’s knowledge before teaching new material. Learners are tested regularly.

6.Individual needs

Trainers tailor lessons to the individual needs of learners.

7. Participation

Learners can be creative and participate in real communication during a lesson.

8. Use of Language

Trainers correct mistakes in such a way that learners develop skill in self-correction and learn to use the language independently.

9. Variety

Trainers use a variety of teaching techniques to keep the learning atmosphere positive.

10. Materials

Student books are closed during most of a lesson.

We recognise that the inlingua method is only as good as the teachers who use it, therefore, we hire only native-speaker teachers who have attained a teaching degree or equivalent qualification.

Before beginning at inlingua Bern, each teacher is required to complete a two-week method training course.

Obligatory further training consists of workshops on a variety of pedagogical topics, in order to ensure that teachers and students can benefit from the latest developments in learning techniques.