A2.1 intermediate* Luxembourgish 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 intermediate learners
The A2.1 level refers to one level up from the beginner level (A1) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
This is a conversation class so the focus is really on improving your spoken Luxembourgish both in terms of grammar/sentence structure and in terms of vocabulary. Throughout this class, you will become more confident and fluent in your speaking and understand written and spoken Luxembourgish better.
Topics of the conversation class include: introducing yourself, managing conversations in a restaurant/post office/bank/store/train station, describing a person’s looks and character, describing where you live or want to live to a real estate agent, talking about leisure time/past activities/health, and one other topic to be defined by the students. One grammar topic will also be reviewed together with the teacher during each lesson.
The class runs once a week, each lesson is 60 minutes long and there's a total of 12 lessons. There are 3-4 people in each class.
The class is taught in a virtual classroom which means that you will be able to see the material on your screen before and during the lesson and interact in writing as well as in speaking with the teacher.
The preparation work for each lesson includes studying vocabulary and grammar made available prior to each lesson and handing in homework assignments. After each lesson, you will also receive course notes.
In addition to classes with a teacher over Skype as described above, you'll also have access to a social networking group, where more resources are published. 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.
Here is what Irene and Kenneth, computer scientists living and working in Luxembourg, had to say about this course:
This course is absolutely brilliant. We feel there is a perfect balance between all the necessary components to learn a language. The comprehension, the spoken and the written parts are very well balanced.
The course is very well laid out with writing activities, reading, grammar and understanding. We have learned a great deal and we passed from being totally blankedwhen someone spoke luxembourgish to us to being able to interact with people, we’re certainly impressed as well as people around us. We’ve had a lot of compliments lately about how fast we’re learning.
Also, we feel that the quizlet is a wonderful tool to learn the vocabulary for each lesson!! This tool teaches you how to write, pronounce and fix the vocabulary in a very easy, fun way. We cannot think of a better tool that can possibly achieve all these goals at once. We absolutely love it!
Our teacher, Florence is great, very nice, very fun and very knowledgeable of the language. She clarifies all of our doubts, she's patient, she always corrects us when she has to, she guides us and gives us tips. She definitely makes the course light and fun. She’s awesome.
To finish, we have to say that it never seizes to amaze us how well these courses are laid out, all the available tools at our disposal to succeed in our quest to slay the dragon that is Luxembourgish that outshines physical classes while you’re comfortably sitting at home.
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.
WHAT IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND AND WANT TO CANCEL YOUR LESSONS?
There is a 50€ non-refundable deposit on this A2.1 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 A2.1 Conversation course is taught mostly in Luxembourgish although the preparation material (grammar and vocabulary) is in English.