Luxembourgish classes are very popular at the moment. For the 2016/2017 academic year, 3,814 people were enrolled at the INL for classes in the Luxembourgish language. Whereas in 2009 there were 'only' 1,900, 2,600 in 2012, and 3,500 in 2016. The INL is offering 114 courses in Luxembourgish this year, compared with 88 last year. The courses are for beginners (A1 level) up to the C1 level.
The INL also offers classes in German, English, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and of course French, the language for which demand is greatest. During the past academic year, about 13,000 people attended language classes taught at the INL.
A new site in Belval
For the start of the 2017 academic year, the INL is offering more than 400 courses at its main centre in Kirchberg, its annexe in Mersch, the 'Aline Mayrisch' secondary school, and its new site at Belval-Université. According to Director Karin Pundel, the new annexe in Belval will be of interest for people living in the southern part of the Grand Duchy, and for cross-border workers.
The INL also offers introductory classes for people who have been living in the Grand Duchy for at least 20 years and have to attend 24 hours of classes in order to acquire Luxembourgish nationality. Last year there were 1,341 candidates for the 'Sproochentest Lëtzebuergesch' language test. 838 people passed the test - a pass rate of 62%.
The INL has just brought out the A2 volume in the series of Schwätzt Dir Lëtzebuergesch textbooks. Using these guides, which are aimed mainly at adults, learners are put into everyday situations - at work or while shopping, for example. To supplement the written texts, listening texts can be downloaded on the INL website. The first textbook (level A1) was published in 2015; the B3 volume will probably come out in autumn 2019.
The new semester starts on 25 September 2017. Details of the language courses on offer at the start of the 2017 academic year are available online on the websites at www.inll.lu and sdl.inll.lu.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu)