A1 basics class for beginners
An absolute beginner’s class based on the Learn Luxembourgish book.
If you don't know any Luxembourgish words yet and have no idea how to construct a Luxembourgish sentence, this class is for you. Having good foundational knowledge (vocabulary and grammar) is the first stepping stone in reaching fluency and being able to pass the Luxembourgish nationality test.
The class takes place online through Skype once a week for 8 weeks in a row. Each lesson is 60 minutes long. There is a total of 4 students in the class.
The days and times that this class takes place is arranged between you, the other participants and the teacher.
Each week, participants read/study one chapter of the Learn Luxembourgish book (available here). The Skype class then reviews the most important grammar/vocabulary topics of that chapter and gets participants a chance to speak and practise the material learned in that chapter. Participants learn how to form their own basic sentences to communicate at a beginner level of all 8 book topics (which are also the topics of the A1 level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
The class is taught by Stephanie Buchler. She is Luxembourgish and currently finishes her BA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Winchester in the UK. She loves learning languages and finding creative ways to teach them.
The course material has been developed by Liz Wenger, founder of learnluxembourgish.com and author of the Learn Luxembourgish book, and the teacher Stephanie. During the course, Liz and Stephanie work together closely to ensure you learn what you need to learn in order to advance your language skills.
Here is what Irene and Kenneth, computer scientists living and working in Luxembourg, had to say about this course:
1.- About what we learned (Wat hutt dir geléiert?)
We really thought the course was amazing. In just 8 weeks we've learned lots of vocabulary and grammar rules. We've learned how to communicate with people, introduce ourselves, talk extensively about ourselves (name, age, job, country, language, hobbies, routines). We learned to tell time, to count, the alphabet, the seasons, the days of the week). We know how to ask for things, go to a restaurant, to the supermarket, bakers, butchers, do appointments, ask and give directions and all the basic things that you need to communicate in any language. We learned a lot of important verbs and how to conjugate them.
We thought the most enlightening grammar rule of all was the “n-rule”, very well explained and easy to understand.
2.- About the Course (War de Cours gutt?)
We thought the course was absolutely brilliant and very effective because in a short period of time we got a great base of the language, in just 8 weeks it is impossible to do a course better than this one.
The teacher made the class very fun and easy to understand, she was very patient with us and she gave us great tips to remember so we won’t do the same mistakes over and over again.
We really loved the concept of the class via Skype using the interactive whiteboard application. We have a very tight schedule and this gives us the freedom to be relaxed at home while learning a great deal.
Concerning the book, we have to say that, in our opinion, it’s the best Luxembourgish book on the market. It is a very well-written book where the author, Liz Wenger, clearly has a deep knowledge of both languages, Luxembourgish and English. The simplicity of her method is enlightening, very easy to understand and to remember, the analogies used to connect both languages are terrific. As a bonus, the book comes with bar scanning for audio, which is an excellent tool to learn how to pronounce properly as well as to improve the understanding of the spoken language.
As a final touch, Liz has created an online private Luxembourgish group on an app, which is a powerful tool to practise the language, to ask questions and to clarify any issues that can come up while learning a new language.
Amazing concept, amazing tools, amazing teachers and an amazing book! Well done! Congratulations to all of you!
All A1 basics classes for 2016 are fully booked. The next available spots are for January 2017. Fill out the form below if you're interested.
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