The number of people registered for language courses at the Institut National des Langues grew by 10%, with numbers crossing the 15,000 threshold for the last academic year.
Publishing the figures on Thursday, the education ministry announced a raft of new language tools, including an online platform for learning Luxembourgish with a partner for distance learning to go live in 2020.
Starting immediately public language school will also offer blended learning packages, combining distance and face-to-face learning in French, English and German. Luxembourgish will be added at the start of the 2020 academic year.
The school will also introduce online tests in Luxembourgish to make it easier to assess a learner’s level, plus the website will receive a makeover and feature a new, multilingual online registration platform.
People wishing to become trainers of Luxembourgers, can follow a training course on Saturdays. Lastly, working with employment agency Adem, the school was involved as a partner for the “words4work” project, helping jobseekers improve their employment prospects by learning French for commerce, construction, catering and cleaning.
What did people study?
French as a language and as a nationality dominated the annual results. The French language was the most sought after language class at the INL, which offered 323 classes last year for which 5,740 had registered.
Luxembourgish was the second most sought after language with 5,291 learners last year. It was followed by English (1,839) and German (1,662).
French nationals, meanwhile, made up 12% of all learners at the school, followed by Luxembourgers (9%), Italians (7%), Portuguese and Spanish (6% respectively), Poles (4%) and Belgians, Chinese, Germans, Romanians, Russians and Brazilians, each with 3% of the total student body.