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English in Geneva

Our English courses in Geneva will increase your confidence and fluency in English quickly. We create a friendly, but serious environment where you can develop your English. Fun, but challenging. Intensive and rewarding. Your course will be tailored to meet your needs. Our English trainers will give you the practical communication skills you can quickly transfer into your workplace or studies.

At The Laguage House we've been running English courses in Geneva for more than 15 years; mostly private 1:1 and small group courses.

Our clients come from all walks of life: lawyers, bankers, psychologists, midwives, entrepreneurs, human rights advocates, accountants, public servants, academics, project managers, company directors, students, restauranteurs, relationships managers, divers, ski instructors, real estate directors, journalists, editors, traders and IT staff.

Here are some of the types of courses we teach:

Professional English

Professional English

Use English with greater confidence in your workplace. Your English course may include presentations, negotiations, using the telephone, writing better emails, socialising in English. Speak with your clients with confidence. Improve your English quickly. No more stress.

I would like to thank you again for the English training we had together. The aim for me was to improve my English and to feel more comfortable when I speak. This goal was fully completed. I have really appreciated the interactivity in the classroom with the role plays and way we approached different topics and subjects. You always found the right word to motivate us. You definitively focus on your students and you adapt your training according to their needs. You are definitively the best teacher I have ever had.

Valérie Touron, Private banking, Lausanne

My professional skills were in demand but my career options were limited by my lack of English communication skills. I chose The Language House as my English language partner. It has been a most rewarding and successful relationship and much more than just learning to communicate confidently and fluently in English. It has opened doors to a new culture, information, ideas, humour, literature, travel and professional relationships. The Language House has organised language courses for me in Geneva and immersion programmes in English-speaking countries. I have studied in Kensington in London, in Canterbury and in the countryside of Wales. Each course has been superbly organised, and the quality of training has exceeded my expectations. However, my most enjoyable courses have been English for Lunch here in Geneva – private courses in English over lunch with The Language House. I do not hesitate in recommending the services of The Language House.

Stéphane Tanner, director Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés Geneva
  • Start Date: Any week
  • Lessons: From 1.5 hours per week to 12 hours per week
  • Group Size: Private 1:1 or 2, 3 or 4 participants (from the same company)
  • Course Length: 6–36 weeks
  • Level: A2 and above
  • Location: In company, in our Geneva offices or in a restaurant (English for Lunch)
  • Also Available: Intensive full-time course in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Malta and Ireland
Private Lessons

Private English lessons in Geneva

An English course based on your individual goals. This is the fast track method to increase your confidence and fluency. The trainer focuses 100% on you. We begin with a detailed needs analysis and then design a training programme especially for you.

I enjoy my English lessons with The Language House. My trainer is friendly and amusing. He quickly grasped my needs and adapts the lesson content accordingly. I have learnt not only much vocabulary, but also and importantly, many English cultural references. I have gained more confidence in speaking English and I hope I will be able to add it as a working language soon.

Dan Wang, freelance interpreter Geneva
  • Start Date: Any week
  • Lessons: From 1.5 hours per week to 12 hours per week
  • Group Size: Private 1:1 or 2:1
  • Course Length: 6–36 weeks
  • Level: Beginners to C2
  • Location: In company, in our Geneva offices or in a restaurant (English for Lunch)
  • Also Available: Intensive full-time course in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Malta and Ireland
English for Companies

English courses for Companies

Do you and your colleagues need to improve their Business English communication skills? We offer courses tailored to the needs of your company. Do you need to work on making presentations, writing financial reports, using the telephone or dealing with customers? Courses can be in-company or in our offices.

Après plus d’une année de cours, sur le modèle du business lunch, les participants sont unanimes: la méthode d’enseignement répond totalement à nos besoins et à nos attentes. Nous nous sentons plus à l’aise, nous avons réussi à passer outre certaines réticences émotionnelles de nous exprimer en anglais, nous avons eu l’occasion de remettre en pratique nos connaissances scolaires et les adapter à un usage plus professionnel de la langue. Fort de cette expérience très positive, nous avons renouvelé notre confiance à The Language House pour toute l’année 2017.

Yes, we highly recommend The Language House as an ideal solution for companies that need to improve their English communication skills.

Jean-Jacques Morard, CEO de Rham SA  Lausanne
  • Start Date: Any week
  • Lessons: From 1.5 hours per week to 12 hours per week
  • Group Size: Private 1:1 or 2, 3 or 4 participants (from the same company)
  • Course Length: 10–36 weeks
  • Level: A2 and above
  • Location: In company, in our Geneva offices
  • Also Available: Intensive full-time course in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Malta and Ireland
English Conversation

English Conversation Courses

Activate your speaking. Empower your communication. Relax. Express yourself in English with a smile on your face. Discuss a wide variety of subjects with ease. We will help you correct and strengthen your English and become a more powerful speaker.

I really enjoy my English lessons with The Language House. They are interesting, fun and lively and I get to work on my spoken English. I feel much more comfortable speaking English. I know I still make mistakes. But if I have to socialise in English or moderate a forum in English, I don’t have the panic and stress I had before. I actually look forward to using my English when I have the opportunity.

Stéphane Benoit-Godet,  rédacteur en chef Le Temps Nyon
  • Start Date: Any week
  • Lessons: From 1.5 hours per week to 12 hours per week
  • Group Size: Private 1:1 or 2, 3 or 4 participants (from the same company)
  • Course Length: 10–36 weeks
  • Level: A2 and above
  • Location: In company, in our Geneva offices or in a restaurant (English for Lunch)
  • Also Available: Intensive full-time course in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Malta and Ireland
English for Lunch

English for Lunch courses

A private English course 1:1 in a restaurant for 90 minutes once per week; ideal for professional people with a relatively good English level who need to keep their English well-exercised. Clients receive feedback by email after each lunch lessons. Read some comments from our English for Lunch clients here. A great option for busy professionals.

I would like to tell you how much I appreciated our English for Lunch lessons over the past three years. I really enjoyed the lunches and I made a lot of progress. I am more comfortable with my English in work and social situations. I never imagined when we started that I would become fluent in English and that I could manage meetings and video conferences in English and follow English language films. It’s fantastic.

Bertrand Pasche, director Technew SA Geneva
 

English for Lunch is the most enjoyable and effective form of English training I have taken. I find it an excellent method to practice and perform in English and increase my language confidence and fluency. It is a space in my busy life to enjoy the richness and complexity of the English language and exchange ideas and discuss a wide range of subjects.

Laurence de Cecco, CEO director Blossom communications and marketing Geneva
 

English for Lunch helps me use English with greater fluency and confidence. The courses are tailor-made and carefully oriented to my needs. The feedback from each lunch helps me to correct my mistakes and reinforces new language structures, vocabulary, idioms and expressions. The ‘real-life’ lunch environment is much more interesting and lively than a classroom.

John Howells, director UBS Private Banking Geneva

What do Scots have in common with pirates? Jamie Oliver with the Swiss family Robinson? How are Eddie Izard and Louis C.K related? And Skippy the Kangaroo with The Clockword Orange? N-words with bees? National anthems and Australian morals? Road rage and lyrebirds? These are some of the ingredients we used to compose the menu of the English for Lunch, one and half hour, every week, under Garry’s attentive, curious and supporting supervision. I improve each time and even if I’m still not a chef, hopefully I’ll become at least a decent cook…and not a fat lady.

Daniela Bertossa, psychologist Geneva
  • Start Date: Any week
  • Lessons: lunchtimes 1.5 hours per week
  • Group Size: Private 1:1 usually or maximum four participants (from the same company)
  • Course Length: 10–36 weeks
  • Level: B2 and above
  • Location: In a restaurant or in-company
Immersion Courses

Immersion Courses

Are you between jobs? Is your company officially now an ‘English-speaking’ Company? Do you need an intensive boost to your English? We can offer up to 12 hours of course per week, plus lots of homework. Your English will be up and running in no time. We also organise intensive full-time courses in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Malta and Ireland.

  • Start Date: Any week
  • Lessons: From 1.5 hours per week to 12 hours per week with lots of homework
  • Group Size: Private 1:1 or 2, 3 or 4 participants (from the same company)
  • Course Length: 4–36 weeks
  • Level: beginner to high advanced
  • Location: In company, in our Geneva offices or in a restaurant (English for Lunch)
Cambridge Exam Preparation

Cambridge exam preparation (PET, FCE, CAE and CPE)

Now is the time to get that an official international exam paper on your CV. The Cambridge exams will help you improve all aspects of your English—reading, writing, listening and speaking. These exams are well recognized in Switzerland and around the world. There are exams for most English levels.

  • Start Date: Any week
  • Lessons: From 1.5 hours per week to 12 hours per week with lots of homework
  • Group Size: Private 1:1 or 2, 3 or 4 participants (from the same company)
  • Course Length: 6–36 weeks
  • Level: B1 intermediate to C2 high advanced
  • Exams: PET, FCE, CAE, CPE; and BEC Vantage and BEC Higher
  • Location: In company, in our Geneva offices
  • Exam Dates: Usually three times a year in Geneva and Lausanne
  • Also Available: Intensive full-time course in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Malta and Ireland
IELTS Exam Preparation

IELTS exam preparation (Academic and General)

If you want to study in an English-speaking university or the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne you will need an exam like the IELTS.

IELTS is the world’s leading exam for future university students who speak English as a second language. It’s also an excellent exam to improve your English.

  • Start Date: Any week
  • Lessons: From 1.5 hours per week to 12 hours per week with lots of homework
  • Group Size: Private 1:1 or 2, 3 or 4 participants (from the same company)
  • Course Length: 6–36 weeks
  • Level: B1 intermediate to C1
  • Exam: On-line exam
  • Location: In our Geneva offices
  • Exam Dates: Usually every week see www.ielts.org
  • Also Available: Intensive full-time course in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Malta and Ireland
English for Job Interviews

English for Job Interviews

A job interview in English? We will get you ready to talk about yourself and your experience with fluency and confidence. So, why are you the right person for the job?

I just wanted to let you know that I am starting today at P&G!! My two interviews in English went really well. Thank you so much for your great advice. These interviews were exactly on the same line as yours.

Salomé Borecka, Proctor and Gamble Geneva

I am writing to tell you that I got the job of risk specialist at the bank. Thank you for the excellent job interview preparation that we did in English. 

Halise Acar, Credit Europe Bank Suisse SA Geneva
  • Start Date: Any week
  • Lessons: From 1.5 hours per week to 12 hours per week
  • Group Size: Private 1:1
  • Course Length: 1–8 weeks
  • Level: A2 to C2
  • Location: In our Geneva offices
  • Also Available: Intensive full-time course in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Malta and Ireland
English for Writing

English for Writing

Emails, articles and reports: We run specialized writing courses for companies and individuals that allow them to communicate simply and much more effectively. That’s good for business. Courses are run by our director Garry Littman who writes regularly for the Bilan magazine website.

Thank you for conducting the Business English writing classes for our team. The sessions were very well prepared and they focused on the most important issues for us. The use of our own writing samples made all comments practical for our immediate use. You adjusted the teaching very well to the skill level of the class and your friendly approach made the comments easy to accept.

Kirsi Porter, team leader, Koch Fertilizer Trading SARL, Geneva
  • Start Date: Any week
  • Lessons: From 1.5 hours per week to 12 hours per week
  • Group Size: Private 1:1 or 2, 3 or 4 participants (from the same company)
  • Course Length: 6–36 weeks
  • Level: A2 and above
  • Location: In company, in our Geneva offices
English for Hospitality

English for Hospitality

We have taught staff in hotels and restaurants. Develop your client service communications: warm, polite and friendly.

  • Start Date: Any week
  • Lessons: From 1.5 hours per week to 12 hours per week
  • Group Size: Private 1:1 or 2, 3 or 4 participants (from the same company)
  • Course Length: 10–36 weeks
  • Level: A2 and above
  • Location: In company, in our Geneva offices
English for Journalists

English for Journalists

We have taught journalists and editorial staff from Bilan and Le Temps. Practise your interview technique in English. Discuss political and social trends in English. Write articles in English.

This is the second time I have turned to The Language House for English lessons. Trainer Garry Littman makes lessons challenging and enjoyable. He is the best English trainer I have had. We meet each week in a café. The coffee and English ambiance is relaxed and we laugh a lot. In our lessons we discuss a wide range of subjects from Antonioni to selfies which is both stimulating and full of interesting new English cultural references. I never thought I would say that I look forward to my English lessons.

Emmanuel Grosjean, Le Temps, Geneva

Des leçons d’anglais palpitantes comme une pièce policière –

Mon jour, c’est le vendredi. A midi pile, je quitte la rédaction du “Temps”, au pas de course souvent, au grand étonnement de mes collègues. Aurais-je rendez-vous avec Isabelle Huppert? Ou Peter Brook? Ou mon psychanalyste? Non. Mieux que cela: je déjeune avec Garry Littman, mon professeur d’anglais, qui a inventé un concept idéal pour le journaliste très pris que je suis: une leçon hebdomadaire en tête-à-tête, dans un bistrot au bord du Rhône, acccompagné par une viande tendre et un verre de vin désinhibant. Deux heures de conversation sans complexes, sur toutes sortes de sujets, de la course aux élections présidentielles aux Etats-Unis au dernier roman de Philip Roth, de l’éducation de mes enfants à la dernière pièce de Pinter, sujet qui m’intéresse de près: je suis critique de théâtre.

Ces leçons d’anglais sont uniques, bien plus efficaces et intenses que les cours que j’ai pu suivre naguère, à raison de deux heures par semaine, dans telle ou telle école prestigieuse. Garry Littman a ce talent: il n’écoute pas seulement son étudiant, notant dans un carnet ses erreurs, pour les corriger ensuite dans un rapport détaillé qu’il envoie par mail après chaque séance; il personnalise la leçon, l’adapte aux besoins de son interlocuteur.

Souvent, nous simulons des interviews avec une star de la scène ou du grand écran: je suis le journaliste, Garry Littman devient Al Pacino. C’est un jeu où chaque mot compte: je transpire, je m’enthousiasme, je me concentre comme si j’étais vraiment en face d’une star, ce qui stupéfie souvent nos voisins de table. Il faut dire que Garry Littman est un acteur talentueux. Le professeur a cette qualité: il donne envie d’apprendre, de se surpasser. English for lunch est ainsi aussi intense que la meilleure des pièces. Avec ce plaisir en plus: j’en suis l’acteur.

Alexandre Demidoff, Le Temps journalist/critic Geneva
  • Start Date: Any week
  • Lessons: From 1.5 hours per week to 12 hours per week
  • Group Size: Private 1:1 or 2, 3 or 4 participants (from the same company)
  • Course Length: 10–36 weeks
  • Level: A2 and above
  • Location: In company, in our Geneva offices or in a restaurant (English for Lunch)
English for Healthcare

English for Healthcare Professionals

Are you a doctor, chiropractor, desntist, nurse or midwive? Do you have more and more English-speaking patients? We can help you to communicate simply and clearly with your patients…so that both you and your patients feel more confident. Could you please roll over onto your left side?

  • Start Date: Any week
  • Lessons: From 1.5 hours per week to 12 hours per week
  • Group Size: Private 1:1 or 2, 3 or 4 participants (from the same company)
  • Course Length: 6–36 weeks
  • Level: A2 and above
  • Location: In company, in our Geneva offices or in a restaurant (English for Lunch)

Prices 2017/2018

  • most popular
  • Private lessons
  • 120 CHF
  • per hour
  • Fast track method to improving your English. Our most popular course.
  • In company or in our offices
  • Private lessons 1:1 with your own trainer. A course tailored to your needs.
  • Suitable for beginners to high advanced level speakers.
  • Classroom and/or business lunch lessons available. Find your English voice.
  • Express yourself with confidence and fluency. Develop your intercultural skills.
  • Access to a wide range of proven books and materials to boost your skills in conversation and listening, reading and writing, vocabulary extension, talking about your work, preparing for an exam, interview, presentation, a voyage, or for university.
  • Regular homework, revision and testing. Regular contact with a trainer dedicated to maximizing your English language progress.
  • best value
  • Semi private lessons
  • 65 CHF
  • per person per hour
  • A class of only two students. You and a friend or colleague from work.
  • In company or in our offices
  • A course tailored, as much as possible, to both of your needs.
  • Suitable for beginners to high advanced level speakers.
  • Classroom and/or business lunch lessons available.
  • Express yourself with confidence and fluency. Develop your intercultural skills.
  • Access to a wide range of proven books and materials to boost your skills in conversation and listening, reading and writing, vocabulary extension, talking about your work, preparing for an exam, interview, presentation, a voyage, or for university.
  • Regular homework, revision and testing. Regular contact with a trainer dedicated to maximizing your English language progress.
  • Small group 3
  • 45 CHF
  • per person per hour
  • Ideal for companies, groups of colleagues and friends, exam preparation and Professional English.
  • In company or in our offices.
  • A course tailored, as much as possible, to your needs.
  • Suitable for beginners to high advanced level speakers.
  • Express yourself with confidence and fluency. Develop your intercultural skills.
  • Access to a wide range of proven books and materials to boost your skills in conversation and listening, reading and writing, vocabulary extension, talking about your work, preparing for an exam, interview, presentation, a voyage, or for university.
  • Regular homework, revision and testing.
  • Small group 4
  • 35 CHF
  • per person per hour
  • Ideal for companies, groups of colleagues and friends, exam preparation and Professional English.
  • In company or in our offices.
  • Suitable for beginners to high advanced level speakers.
  • Express yourself with confidence and fluency. Develop your intercultural skills.
  • Access to a wide range of proven books and materials to boost your skills in conversation and listening, reading and writing, vocabulary extension, talking about your work, preparing for an exam, interview, presentation, a voyage, or for university.
  • Regular homework, revision and testing.

We are happy to share our knowledge

Call us with your questions and request a meeting with our director, Garry Littman.