“Interest in our language has clearly grown in recent years. The number of people learning Luxembourgish is growing not only in our country, but also abroad. The offer and opportunities for learning our language are growing. online learning is available from all over the world,” said Claude Meish.
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The number of participants in Luxembourgish courses has doubled in 10 years
The Luxembourgish language has an important place in our multilingual society. Public interest in learning our language has been steadily growing for several years now. In 2017, the government set four main objectives in its Luxembourgish language promotion strategy to support the development and evolution of the Luxembourgish language. Prominent among these objectives is the promotion of the study of the Luxembourgish language and culture.
The National Institute of Languages (INL) offers Luxembourgish language courses at three of its centres: Luxembourg City, Place Glaci, Esch-Belval and Mersche. An additional branch will soon open its doors in Nordstad. In ten years, enrollment has more than doubled, from 2,614 in the 2011/2012 academic year to 5,681 this academic year. Over the past five years, more than 68,000 people have registered for the Luxembourgish language courses for adults at INL and the Adult Education Service of the Ministry. In the current semester, 2,700 students are scattered across different sites.
The high demand has led to an increase in the need for teachers. Over the past seven years, the number of Luxembourgish teachers at INL has increased from 33 to 60.
Other INL offers
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, INL has made great efforts to digitize its courses and is actively developing its digital offering. Courses in blended learning (part distance learning, other face-to-face) are now part of the general offer, the language test exists in a digital version and a digital tablet version is being programmed, a new level test in Luxembourgish, available worldwide, will be ready for the start of the 2022/2023 academic year.
The tests and diplomas of study “Lëtzebuergesch als Friemsprooch” (LaF) have been expanded and a new online version is being developed.
New teaching materials
“Schwätzt Dir Lëtzebuergesch?” this is the title of a manual prepared by INL. After the A1 and A2 volumes, volume B1 was published in 2020. New materials for level B2 are currently being developed. This will no longer be a classic manual, but an online didactic material so that classes can be easily enriched and adapted to current events.
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The State of Luxembourg continues its efforts to train cross-border workers who come to work in the Grand Duchy. The aim is to offer Luxembourgish language courses for workers in various sectors: hospitals, companies, etc.
Thus, the Ministry of Education, Childhood and Youth and the Grande-Est region have signed an agreement that allows pupils and students of the vocational schools of the Académie Nancy-Metz to take a Luxembourgish language introduction course in blended learning. Students acquire the necessary skills for basic communication with the administrations and companies of Luxembourg.
The Ministry’s Adult Education Service (SFA) has entered into an agreement with the Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate, allowing higher education institutions in these states to offer Luxembourgish language courses funded by the ministry.
In February 2022, the Luxembourgish Embassy in Paris organized a one-week Luxembourgish language course which proved to be very successful. Thanks to this positive experience, cooperation with our embassies around the world will be strengthened in response to interest from abroad.
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Free online offer to learn Luxembourgish around the world
A new learning platform called “Lëtzebuergesch léieren online” will be launched at the beginning of the 2022/2023 academic year. The initial offer includes modules at level A1 and A2 (corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and will gradually expand to level C1.
The platform offers an interface in German, French, English, Portuguese and Luxembourgish, modules for formal learning (vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, etc.) as well as informal (news, cultural life, etc.) and specialized modules, dedicated to dozens of academic and professional topics.
The learning device also provides an online social network that allows students from all over the world to connect and share experiences.
Suitable legal basis for INL
Since its establishment in 1991, the Luxembourg Language Center, which became the National Institute of Languages (INL) by law of May 2, 1999, has received new tasks in terms of teaching and has become a national body in the field of language teaching. Luxembourgish. The new legal framework consolidates and clearly defines its missions within the scope of Luxembourgish language certification, training of Luxembourgish language instructors, development of teaching materials, development of the LaF test, reform of the Zertifikat Lëtzebuerger Sprooch a Kultur (ZLSK). ) and the creation of a Certificate of Vocational Education (CEVP).
The corresponding bill will be included in the agenda of the government council in the coming weeks.
Press release from the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth