A1 conversation* class
* this class qualifies for the 24 hours of Luxembourgish lessons needed to receive the Luxembourgish nationality if you've lived in Luxembourg for at least 20 years
A Luxembourgish class for beginners with a bit of pre-existing knowledge
If you have already studied the Learn Luxembourgish book, or if you have a good understanding of the grammar and conversation topics explained in the Learn Luxembourgish book, you are probably ready for the beginner conversation class.
The emphasis here is on speaking, speaking, speaking. It will allow you to put your basic knowledge into practice and start speaking about the topics of the A1 level (A1 refers to the beginner level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). You will not only be able to form your own sentences but also have short, basic conversations.
Topics include: dealing with administrations, small talk during social events, making and replying to an event invitation, talking about your likes and dislikes, leading a conversation with your doctor, talking about what you do at work and answering interview questions, talking to a real estate agent, getting to know Luxembourg and having conversations in different kinds of stores.
This course is taught on Skype and makes use of an interactive whiteboard in order to visualize the class material and to be able to interact in writing.
The class takes place once a week, 12 weeks in a row, each lesson is 60 minutes long.
The course material has been developed by Liz Wenger, founder of learnluxembourgish.com and author of the Learn Luxembourgish book, and is continuously improved and expanded with the help of all of our other teachers. During your course, we work together closely to ensure you learn what you need to learn in order to advance your language skills.
Our courses offer far more than a simple Skype lesson. We work with a number of online services to make your learning experience fun and efficient. Before each class, you will get access to vocabulary (including Luxembourgish audio) in the form of online flash cards, and grammar related to the lesson topic so that you can come to the lesson prepared. After each lesson, you will receive course notes so that you don't have to take any notes yourself during the class.
The preparation of this course also requires reviewing some chapters of the Learn Luxembourgish book to create a solid foundation moving forward.
In addition to classes with a teacher over Skype as described above, you'll also have access to a social networking group, where many more resources are published to make learning easy for you. You'll be able to chat in Luxembourgish with me and other students and ask all kinds of questions. You'll also be able to organize informal Skype chats with your fellow students to further practise.
We offer this class in several formats:
- as a group class with a total of 4-5 students per class
- as a partner class with a total of 2 students per class (maybe you already have someone in mind to take this class with or we can look for someone to join you)
- as a private one-on-one class with just you and the teacher (in which case you can arrange the days and times of the lessons a bit more flexibly with the teacher)
Don't forget that our classes qualify for "congé linguistique" (Ministry of Work) in Luxembourg so that your employer could get reimbursed for the lessons.
We have also received our certification with the Ministry of Education for those of you who have lived in Luxembourg for 20+ years and would like to acquire Luxembourgish nationality through 24 hours of Luxembourgish courses (« cours avec programme agréé selon les dispositions de la loi du 8 mars 2017 sur la nationalité luxembourgeoise » ).
What if you miss a lesson?
Some people are able to join the class even when traveling for work or for pleasure as all you need is an Internet connection. Sometimes people only connect on Skype through a mobile phone to listen to the class if they don't have a computer to access the virtual classroom. Our policy is that missed classes cannot be rescheduled or reimbursed because of the group nature of the courses. However, generally speaking, our teachers try to be reasonable and flexible if the situation allows for it and if you can give us enough notice. You can discuss this with your group on our social platform and ask if everybody agrees to move the lesson. You can also ask the teacher if they can meet you 20 minutes before the next lesson to answer any questions you might have about the notes of the lesson you missed. If you require more flexibility, I recommend booking a private one-on-one course, that way, you can custom schedule your lessons with the teacher.
How long does it take before You're ready to take the Sproochentest, the language exam to acquire Luxembourgish nationality?
All our courses are laid out in such a way so as to maximize your time in order to pass the nationality exam if that is your aim. There's four courses: A1 Basics, A1 Conversation, A2.1 Conversation and A2.2 Conversation. Most people are ready to take the exam after that, if not, we supplement with private lessons.
Based on my experience, a year and a half to two years is a reasonable time frame to expect in order to be able to pass the nationality exam. We've seen shorter than that, and we've seen longer than that, but 2 years seems to be the average of time that passes between the start of studies and the passing of the exam.
After the four courses we have developed, a lot of people have achieved the A2 / B1 levels required in order to pass the nationality test. However, there's no guarantee as everyone is different. It depends on how much you'll be able to study and practise your speaking outside of the lessons, too.
If you have a little bit of a background knowledge in Luxembourgish, this A1 Conversation course is your first step in getting ready to take the exam.
What if you change your mind and want to cancel your lessons?
There is a 50€ non-refundable deposit on this A1 Conversation class in order to reserve your spot. Cancellations are accepted until immediately after the first lesson.
What language is this course taught in?
This A1 Conversation course is taught in English to start with but over time, English is phased out as more Luxembourgish learned.