The number of enrollments to learn Luxembourgish has more than doubled in the last decade, rising from 2,614 in the 2011-2012 school year to 5,681 in the 2021-2022 school year. But demand is not only increasing in the country, said the education minister Claude Meisch (DP) at a press conference on Thursday. “The demand to learn Luxembourgish is international.”
The Ministry has worked with the Luxembourg Embassy in Paris to offer a week-long intensive course in February and intends to expand this program to other locations. According to the minister, the US Embassy has also expressed interest.
Launch of the platform in September
The free online platform, scheduled to launch in September, will offer content at levels A1 and A2 for beginners, gradually expanding to advanced level C1. The user interface will be available in English, French, German, Portuguese and Luxembourgish to facilitate access for learners from different backgrounds. The content includes lessons on Luxembourgish grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, but also small talk and modules on various professions.
In cooperation with Adem, the INL already offers specialized programs for job seekers, for example in the health and hospitality sectors, to improve their Luxembourgish and increase their chances on the job market.
The adult education service SFA offers language courses in the Greater Region under an agreement with the Ministry of Education and vocational schools in France and Germany for students wishing to integrate into the local job market.
In addition to the new online curriculum, the textbooks of the INL “Schwätzt Dir Lëtzebuergesch” will be transformed from a classic textbook to an online concept that is more interactive and easier to update than the printed edition.
A new legal framework for the INL
As its role in teaching Luxembourgish has expanded over the years, the INL needs to be given a new legal framework that officially makes it the national authority responsible for setting standards for teaching Luxembourgish, certifying programs and training teachers of the Luxembourgish language language is responsible.
In 2017, the government launched a strategy Promotion of the Luxembourgish language. This included the establishment of the Zentrum fir d’Lëtzebuerscht (Centre for Luxembourgish), which publishes grammar and spelling rules and clarifies questions about the correct use of the language.
In the meantime, in early 2022, the Chamber of Deputies registered Luxembourgish as the national language in the Luxembourg Constitution.
Learning Luxembourgish will help develop a sense of togetherness, Claude Meisch said on Thursday. Mastery of the language is also a requirement for acquiring Luxembourg nationality. Candidates must pass a test proving level A2 for oral expression and level B2 for listening. The INL said Thursday it didn’t know how many of its students took the language test or how many of them dropped out of classes after passing.
This article was written by Delano in English, translated and published by Paperjam in French.