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“Teachers not qualified enough” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Ecole-club Migros

Ecole-club Migros
rue Neuve 3, Lausanne 1003, Switzerland
41-21-318-7100
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Ranked #58 of 70 things to do in Lausanne
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“Teachers not qualified enough”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

I have tried several language courses there and I was always disappointed by the teachers. They are not professionals. One made us buy books for nearly CHF 100.- that we never opened. One worked with only photocopies in any random order of the subjects. For languages I would rather recommend Université Populaire.

Visited December 2012
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“Online assessment is a scam”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I am a fluent French speaker of 20 years, and took the Ecole-club Migros online assessment test at the behest of my sister, a 3-year French speaker, whose confidence in her French language development was pretty badly shaken after being assessed at a "low A2". I was suprised to be suddenly interrupted at the end of the B1 questions and assessed at a "high B1". So I asked my French husband to take it, and he too was suddenly stopped and assessed at a "high B1"! We both noted that the "results" did not even explain where the supposed errors had occurred that would have designated a native speaker to only a mid-intermediate level. We concluded that this "assessment tool" exists solely to sell their teaching products.

That's just business, I guess, but I find their deceptive methods to be really cynical and ultimately harmful to people truly wishing to develop their foreign language skills. Not only are the test results dishonest and obscure, but their claim to be able to assess anybody's current language ability with the use of this simple, multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank test is impossible. This type of test cannot possibly determine any of the language abilities described in their levels B2 and above (i.e the ability to "express opinions spontaneously and clearly", or to "communicate fluently, with hardly any mistakes"', and even (incredibly) "to master the language as if it were your mother tongue" (wow!!). How could such a simplistic, passive, 100% grammar-recognition test assess any of the above?

At best, it can only determine which grammatical structures the test taker may need to review, and then place the test taker in the level that teaches those specific structures. At worst, it can lie to the test taker in order to sell the most products & services possible with the promise of ultimately being able to speak a foreign language almost as well as a native--which, if one were to believe the results of this "assessment tool", apparently not even a native speaker is able to do!

Of course native French speakers are clearly not in the market for French lessons from Ecole-club Migros, so they really haven't lost a customer. However this seems a nasty little game to play with beginner & especially intermediate-level language learners--who may not recognize that the results are stacked, so will accept the assessment of their language abilities as defined on this website and give their trust to this program with the dream of eventually being assessed at the near-native C2 level. It's like a "lose weight with this magic pill" ad, except meaner, because at least the scale doesn't lie.

Visited November 2012
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“A Great Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

My experience taking two French courses at Ecole-club Migros was great, all because of my instructor, Catherine. She was a very good teacher, patient, knowledgeable and socially adept.

The front desk staff is typical - very matter-of-fact and by-the-rules but reasonably efficient.

If you take a course at this school be wary of your instructor. I had a replacement instructor once who was not very good, if she had been the daily instructor for the course I would have demanded a refund.

Visited August 2011
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“Try to avoid it if you can for French lessons”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

There are better schools for french. Eg. Ecole Agora. Migro's quality is often rated very poor when I speak with friends and I didn't believe them and I tried anyway. It wasn't structured, the class was too big, people took over the class and spoke non stop. That's completely not fair when you are paying for the group lesson. The teacher also didn't bother to correct the pronunciation. Although there is a placement test, there levels in the class varied so much that many were way too advanced and others could hardly spell or speak.

Visited October 2011
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