24 Portuguese teachers are currently working in state primary schools to foster the multilingual development of Portuguese toddlers and pupils. Pictured: Youngsters play at the Aux Enfants Gâtés daycare centre in a photo by Marion Dessard for a story on childcare in Delano’s Summer 2017 print edition.
24 Portuguese language teachers are working in state primary schools across the grand duchy to strengthen the multilingual development of Portuguese children.
According to a report by RTL broadcast on 5 October, 24 Portuguese teachers are currently working in more than 13 communes across Luxembourg.
The agreement will be implemented on three levels. First, multicultural advantages are being tested with a pilot project which is coordinated with the University of Luxembourg and initiated in the school year 2017/18. According to the ministry of education, an assistant in cycle 1 (age 3-5) will help toddlers who speak Portuguese at home learn Luxembourgish. This proto-type of multilingual teaching is currently being used in 10 different institutions and will be evaluated at the end of the school year.
For Portuguese-speaking children in primary schools, their native language will be integrated in two hours of their weekly programme. During science and music lessons, Portuguese students will be separated from the rest of the class to be taught in Portuguese.
There are also complementary courses in Portuguese language outside the school programme which are currently taught in Esch-Alzette, Luxembourg City and Remich.
As of 1 January 2016, Portuguese nationals made up 16.2% of foreigners, the largest non-Luxembourger group in the grand duchy.