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NRCSA Center: Cologne Language Institute
Cologne, Germany  


 

About the NRCSA Center

The NRCSA Center in Cologne is situated in the downtown, and reflects the atmosphere of this friendly German city. Everyone gets to know everyone else through enthusiastic participation in the numerous organized activities. The bright, modern school building was designed especially for language study and includes 12 spacious classrooms, a learning center, a lecture room, a snack bar, a piano and a ping-pong table. The building is just 15 minutes walk from the Cathedral and the main railway station. Programs are run in association with the cultural department of Migros Vaud .

All teachers are well trained and specialize in language teaching. All teachers are native speakers and are experienced in teaching German as a foreign language. Classes are taught by a team of 2 or 3 teachers, one of whom has overall responsibility of course planning. The teachers use student feedback from weekly and daily work plans to address the needs of the individuals in the class.


 

About Cologne

Currently the fourth largest city in Germany, with a population of one million, Cologne (Köln) is the colossus of the Rhine–Ruhr sprawl. The huge Gothic Dom is the country's most visited monument, its medieval buildings are unsurpassed, and its museums bettered only by Berlin, Munich and Dresden. The annual Carnival in the early spring is one of Europe's major popular celebrations. The city also ranks high as a beer centre, with 24 breweries all producing the distinctive Kölsch.

The climate of Cologne consists of very moderate, mild winters with very little snow, and sometimes humid summers with temperatures up to 26°C/79°F.

Founded in 33 BC, Cologne owed much of its development to ecclesiastical affairs. A bishopric was established in the fourth century, and saints Severin, Gereon and Ursula were all martyred here. In the twelfth century Cologne acquired the relics of the Three Magi from Milan, thus increasing its standing as one of the greatest centres of pilgrimage in northern Europe. Situated on the intersection of the Rhine and several major trade routes, medieval Cologne became immensely rich – and the largest city in Germany. Later decline was partially reversed in the eighteenth century with the exploitation of an Italian recipe for distilling flower blossoms into almost pure alcohol. Originally created as an aphrodisiac, it was marketed here as a toilet water, achieving worldwide fame under its new name – eau de Cologne.



 
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