German courses for children and teenagers and preparation for Goethe

German course for children and young people

TESL language school in Lugano offers numerous German courses for children of all ages. Over the past few years, many young people have attended our school for different reasons: some urgently need support to improve their school performance, others have the ambition to pass a language exam or dream of studying and working abroad; There are also those who simply want to learn German for passion and those who do not want to miss the opportunity to broaden their cultural background before embarking on more advanced studies or entering the world of work; But what all our young students have in common is the desire to play, to laugh, to joke and to grow together.


The TESL method

The communicative method, with interactive and competitive games that make the lessons highly engaging, stimulating and fun for the children. In addition, all our courses are taught by native speaker or native level certified teachers working with small groups of 3 to 8 learners.

We are very proud to have accompanied hundreds of children towards their first language experiences, the first exams of their lives, and, last but not least, to have seen many children smile and laugh until they cry in our classrooms. Our institute is a hybrid between an amusement park and a school. Fun is a central component of all our lessons and is close to the hearts of our teachers. It is natural that young people are already busy enough with their lessons at school every day of the week, and would hardly want to attend a second school. Especially for young children, it is almost impossible to understand the meaning of a lesson in a foreign language: they always speak Italian with their friends and therefore feel no need to learn another language. But this is not a problem: our children come to have fun with their peers, to discover new games and to win! Even children who are uninterested in learning a foreign language are welcome at our school, where they will be invited to draw, colour, sing, dance, win, lose, win again… And at the same time they will learn a new language without even realising it.

On request we gladly offer private meetings between parents and teachers as well as individual tutoring for pupils with special needs. A language assessment is also carried out to specify the level achieved and to recommend the most appropriate Goethe exam for each individual student. At the end of all courses, which follow the Ticino school calendar, a attestation of attendence may be requested.

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Modulated and full courses

For those who feel the need for an even more personalised and intense language course, we offer private lessons (for 1 person) and semi-private lessons (for 2 people). These courses make it possible to increase one’s knowledge and command of the language in an even shorter period of time and guarantee that you will be supervised exclusively by the teacher for the duration of the lesson.


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Goethe Exam Preparation

The Goethe Institut can boast over seventy years of experience in teaching German as a foreign language.

The TESL language school in Lugano offers preparation courses for the Goethe exams for children and young people with certified teachers and decades of experience.

Goethe Certifications

The Goethe-Zertifikat certificates are an internationally recognised proof of language competence. Both inside and outside Germany, they serve as proof of German language skills.

To obtain a Goethe-Zertifikat certificate, you must take the corresponding German exam.

The Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Fit in Deutsch 1 is a German certification for children and young people between the ages of 10 and 16. It attests very elementary language skills and corresponds to the A1, the first on the six-level rating scale of the CEFR, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

By passing the examination you demonstrate that you are able to:

  • ask simple questions, formulate non-complex requests and react appropriately to similar questions and requests;
  • writing simple sentences and expressions about yourself and others;
  • understand conversations and texts on familiar topics.

The Goethe-Zertifikat A2: Fit in Deutsch is a German exam aimed at 12-16 year olds. It attests an elementary knowledge of German and corresponds to the second level (A2) on the six-level rating scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

By passing the examination you demonstrate that you are able to:

  • understand and use common recurring phrases and expressions;
  • making oneself understood in common situations, in which information related to familiar and everyday areas is exchanged;
  • describe in simple sentences one’s background and education, one’s surroundings and matters relating to one’s immediate needs;

The Goethe-Zertifikat B1 is a German certification for juniors and adults that attests autonomous use of the language and corresponds to the B1, the third on the six-level rating scale of the CEFR, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

By passing the examination you demonstrate that you are able to:

  • understand the main points of a conversation conducted in a clear manner and with standard language on common issues such as work, school, leisure, etc.;
  • manage most situations that may occur during a trip to a German-speaking country;
  • express oneself clearly and coherently on familiar topics of personal interest;
  • recounting experiences and events, describing dreams, hopes and goals and giving brief reasons or explanations;
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