Tuesday 26 September 2023 marked the start of the school year for more than 8,000 learners willing to discover a language or perfect their language skills at Luxembourg’s Institut National des Langues (INL).

For the autumn semester, the INL is offering more than 500 language courses for adults across its three sites: at INL Glacis in Luxembourg-Limpertsberg, INL-Belval (on site of the University of Luxembourg in Esch-Belval) and at the INL Mersch. The languages taught are German, English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, Luxembourgish, Dutch and Portuguese.

In order to diversify the course offering, INL reported it now offers English, Chinese and French courses in eLearning mode.

To register in a course (within the limit of available places), any interested adult who is not a beginner in the target language must take an online test and make an appointment for an orientation interview.

Appointments for orientation interviews are possible throughout the school year. Appoitnments can be made at www.inll.lu/en/myinl-en/.

The start of the 2023-24 academic year at the INL is marked by several new features and projects:

B1 Level is added to the LLO.lu application: Since its launch in September 2022, the new free platform for learning the Luxembourgish language LLO.lu has been successful with already more than 61,000 people registered.

Continually adapted to the needs of the public and enriched with educational material, the platform also informs its visitors about activities linked to the Luxembourgish language and culture organised in the region, as well as information meetings for the public or for language teachers.

Since 26 September 2023, the B1 level, as well as lessons adapted to certain professions, have been added to the LLO platform. Now, learners can continue their language learning journey with more resources and challenges to discover.

New SDLA-AUGMENTED app completes the “Schwätzt Dir Lëtzebuergesch?”: augmented, for tablets and smartphones, now complements SDL textbooks by offering an interactive learning experience. It allows the user to scan book pages and discover new content, such as a variety of additional exercises or other information related to the subject of the page. This application will be available during the month of October and will initially allow learners to scan the pages of A1 and A2 books. A working group of INL teachers is currently working on the use of the application for the B1 book.

Training Zertifikat Lëtzebuergesch Léiere Léieren (ZLLL): formerly Zertifikat Lëtzebuerger Sprooch a Kultur (ZLSK), this certificate will once again be offered at the INL.

During this academic year 2023-24, two sessions, one in September and the other in February, will be offered in blended learning format: 50% of the courses will be taught face-to-face, including fifteen hours in literature, fifteen hours in linguistics and 30 hours in didactics. 50% of the training will be asynchronous (remote study). This training is aimed at people who wish to train or improve as a teacher in the field of adult education, in municipalities or in a field subsidised by the State.

Registrations for the spring 2024 semester can be made from mid-December 2023.

Following the objective of Luxembourg’s Ministry of Education, Children and Youth to promote the Luxembourgish language beyond the borders of the Grand Duchy, the INL continues to provide introductory courses in the language and to Luxembourg culture for some 300 students from four secondary schools in the Grand Est region (France).