Neuchatel - German: Neuenburg; Italian: Neocastello or Nuovocastello; Romansh: Neuch?tel or Neufch?tel)[notes 1] is the capital of the Swiss canton of Neuch?tel on Lake Neuch?tel.
The city has as of December 2013 approximately 33,600 inhabitants (80,000 in the metropolitan area). The city is sometimes referred to historically by the German name About this sound Neuenburg (help·info), which has the same meaning, since it originally belonged to the Holy Roman Empire and later Prussia, which ruled the area until 1848.
One of the most important Merovingian cemeteries in the canton was discovered at Les Battieux in Serri?res. In 1982, 38 graves dating from the 7th century were excavated many of which contained silver-inlaid or silver-plated belt buckles. Also in Serri?res at the church of Saint-Jean, the remains of a 7th-century shrine were excavated
Students may choose from a number of basic and specialized law courses in a variety of fields. This program is well-suited for students who are interested in either private or public international law. The University of Neuch?tel has strengths in constitutional and civil law. In addition, Columbia Law students may find two of Neuch?tel's specialized institutes of particular interest: the Health Law Institute, as well as the International Centre for Sports Studies.
French is the principal language of instruction, although some courses are offered in German and English. The University of Neuch?tel offers an immersion training course in French that begins 10 days before the start of classes. During the semester, the Institute of French Language and Culture offer courses two to three hours per week. Columbia Law School, however, only awards credit for law courses.
This document reports (in French) the results of an evaluation of reading methods used in the second year of primary school in the Swiss canton of Neuchatel. The data show that, in mastering reading skills, pupils are helped by a "wide" teaching method--flexible teaching aimed at high-level objectives such as reasoning, understanding, imagination, and expression. The research shows that teachers who have used a certain method for several years obtain better results in the second year of primary school than do teachers with less experience and that it is beneficial for the teacher to work with the same pupils in the first and second years. In addition, it is suggested that the reading be constructed on the basis of the child's oral language, since oral language comes chronologically and psychologically before written language. The report concludes that the teaching of reading cannot be reduced to one method but must consist of a series of principles which allow each teacher to follow a coherent line of teaching
As part of the Embassy’s ongoing educational outreach, Ambassador Suzi LeVine and her husband, Eric LeVine, visited the Academy for Journalism and Media of the University Neuchatel. She gave a presentation to students who are pursuing a Master’s degree in journalism in a class taught by SRF presenter Stephan Klapproth and RTS Editor-in-Chief Patrick Nussbaum.