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Certificate award ceremony

Remise de diplômes pour les cours de luxembourgeois et cours de langue des signes le 15 juillet 2019
16.07.2019
Politics, policy and administration

On Monday, 15 July 2019, the college of the mayor and aldermen awarded 451 attendance certificates to the 2018-2019 class of Luxembourg language and culture students, as well as 82 certificates to successful participants of the German Sign language courses (Deutsche Gebärdensprache – DGS). The ceremony was held in the presence of representatives from the municipal council, the municipal advisory committee for integration (Commission consultative communale d'intégration), the special needs participative committee (Comité participatif "Besoins spécifiques"), the commission for social action, health and the elderly (Commission de l'action sociale, de la santé et du 3e âge), the commission on gender equality (Commission de l'égalité entre femmes et hommes), the Ministry of Education and the Luxembourg Reception and Integration Agency (Office luxembourgeois de l'Accueil et de l'Intégration).

At the ceremony, the college of aldermen congratulated the students who had taken the Luxembourgish courses on the effort they had devoted to learning the language – which is an important factor in social integration – and also thanked the six instructors and the City's Service intégration et besoins spécifiques (Integration and Special Needs Department). The college also lauded the fact that a large number of people had taken the sign-language course and congratulated the two instructors on their commitment and the quality of their classes.

Luxembourgish language and culture courses 

Most of the students who took the courses in 2018–2019 were residents of Luxembourg City (67.41%); the other students were either from other municipalities in the Grand Duchy, or the Greater Region (32.59%). The success rate this year was 63.08%: 451 certificates were awarded (some participants received two certificates, one for each six-month course). 

Moreover, the Luxembourgish language and culture courses for adults organised by the City of Luxembourg are endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth (Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l'Enfance et de la Jeunesse) and, on attendance of at least 70% of the classes, students are entitled to a certificate bearing a quality label. This year, 63.08% of the students received the certificate in question, compared to 43.52% in 2017–2018, 55% in 2016–2017, 69% in 2015–2016, 56% in 2014–2014 and 44% in 2013–2013.

Course information and registration

For the upcoming 2019–2020 season, which starts on 16 September, the programme provides for a new 4-year learning cycle and four language proficiency levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced and conversational). It also includes specific courses designed to best suit learners' needs. Once again, year-long, six-month and weekend courses will be offered, as well as courses designed for German speakers. The courses are held in several Luxembourg City districts (Bonnevoie, Cents, Gare and Hollerich) and are accompanied by a range of extra-curricular cultural activities. They are designed around the principles set forth in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) drawn up by the Council of Europe.

German sign-language courses

Since January 2010, the City of Luxembourg, in concert with the non-profit organisation Daaflux ASBL, has been offering German sign-language courses for beginners (DGS-1) and advanced learners (DGS-2). The purpose of these courses is to promote dialogue between the hearing and hearing-impaired communities and to help improve communication with and the social integration of deaf people. The students enrolled in the courses this year come from all over Luxembourg and the Greater Region. Only 20.37% of them are residents of Luxembourg City.

During the 2018–2019 term, 5 DGS-1 courses, 3 DGS-2 courses and 2 DGS-3 courses (since January 2018; eight 90-minute sessions) were held at the Centre sociétaire in Cents. As in previous years, the success rate was high: 45 learners successfully completed the DGS-1 course, 26 completed the DGS-2 course and 11 finished the DGS-3 course. All of them saw a significant improvement in their ability to communicate using German sign language.  Certificates were awarded to 91.11% of the students (compared to 90.5% in 2017–2018; 100% in 2016/2017; 87.4% in 2015–2016; 89.3% in 2014–2015; 89.6% in 2013–2014, 82.6% in 2012–2013; and 82% in 2011–2012).

Sign up

To register for the German sign-language courses, please contact the Service intégration et besoins spécifiques (tel. 4796-4106 or dgs@vdl.lu). Registration is open all year long. You can also ask to be put on a waiting list. People who are regularly in contact with deaf or hearing-impaired people, or whose job entails working with the disabled, will be given priority.