“Interest in our language has clearly increased in recent years. The number of people learning Luxembourgish is increasing here, but also abroad. The offer and opportunities to learn our language are increasing. diversify: from a classic language course in Luxembourg to online training accessible from all over the world”, emphasized Claude Meisch.
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The number of participants in the Luxembourg course has doubled in 10 years
Luxembourgish has an important place in our multilingual society. Public interest in learning our language has been growing steadily for several years. In 2017, the government set four main objectives in its strategy for the promotion of the Luxembourgish language in order to support the development and evolution of the Luxembourgish language. These goals primarily include the promotion of learning the Luxembourgish language and culture.
The National Institute of Languages (INL) offers Luxembourgish courses at its three locations: in Luxemburg-City, Place du Glacis, in Esch-Belval and in Mersch. Another branch will soon open its doors in Nordstad. Enrollment has more than doubled in ten years, from 2,614 in 2011/2012 to 5,681 this school year. Over the past five years, INL and the Ministry of Adult Education’s Luxembourg adult courses have attracted more than 68,000 registrations. The current semester has 2,700 students spread across different locations.
High demand has led to an increased 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 devoted a lot of effort to the digitization of its courses and actively continues to develop its digital offer. Courses in blended learning (part distance learning, the other face-to-face) are now part of the overall offer, the language test exists in a digital version and a version on a digital tablet is being programmed, a new level test in Luxembourgish, available worldwide, will be ready for the beginning of the 2022/2023 school year.
The tests and diplomas of the “Lëtzebuergesch als Friemlinguing” (LaF) training are expanded and a new online version is being prepared.
New teaching materials
“Schwätzt Dir Lëtzebuergesch?” is the title of the manual published by INL. After volumes dedicated to levels A1 and A2, volume B1 was released in 2020. New materials for level B2 are currently being developed. It will no longer be a classic manual, but an online didactic material so that activities can be easily enriched and adapted to current events.
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The Luxembourg state continues its efforts to train cross-border workers who come to work in the Grand Duchy. The aim is to offer Luxembourgish courses to workers in various sectors: hospitals, businesses, etc.
Thus, the Ministry of Education, Childhood and Youth and the Grand Est region signed an agreement that allows apprentices and students from vocational schools of the Nancy-Metz Academy to benefit from an introduction to the Luxembourgish language in blended learning. Students will acquire the necessary skills for basic communication with Luxembourg authorities and companies.
The Ministry for Adult Education (SFA) has concluded an agreement with Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate that allows higher education institutions in these federal states to offer Luxembourgish courses funded by the ministry.
In February 2022, the Embassy of Luxembourg in Paris organized a one-week course in Luxembourgish, which was very successful. After this positive experience, cooperation with our embassies around the world will be strengthened to respond to interest from abroad.
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Free online offer to learn Luxembourgish worldwide
At the beginning of the 2022/2023 school year, a new educational platform called “Lëtzebuergesch leinen online” will be launched. The initial offer includes modules at level A1 and A2 (corresponding to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and will gradually be extended to level C1.
The platform offers an interface in German, French, English, Portuguese and Luxembourgish, modules for formal education (vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, etc.) but also informal (news, cultural life, etc.) and specialized modules dedicated to dozens of academic and professional topics.
The educational facility also provides an online social network that allows students from all over the world to contact and exchange experiences.
Appropriate legal basis for INL
Since its foundation in 1991, the Luxembourg Language Center, which became the National Institute of Languages (INL) by law on 2 May 1999, received new tasks in the field of education and became the national authority in the field of teaching the Luxembourgish language. The new legal basis anchors and clearly defines its mission in the context of the certification of the Luxembourgish language, the training of trainers in the Luxembourgish language, the development of teaching materials, the development of the LaF test, the reform of the Zertifikat Lëtzebuerger Sprooch a Kultur (ZLSK ) and the creation of the Certificate of Vocational Education (CEVP).
The related draft law will be on the agenda of the Government Council in the coming weeks.
Press release of the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth