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Message of thanks from Luxembourg City Mayor Lydie Polfer
For the 2020–2021 school year, 461 attendance certificates have been awarded to students who completed Luxembourgish language and culture courses, as well as 50 certificates to successful participants of the German Sign Language ("<i>Deutsche Gebärdensprache</i>" — DGS) courses.
Even though it was not possible to hold a physical awards ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the <i>Collège échevinal</i> (College of Aldermen) was keen to congratulate the students who had taken the Luxembourgish courses for the effort they had put in — especially at a time when distance learning had to be instituted. The <i>Collège échevinal</i> also wanted to thank the six teachers and the City's <i>Service Intégration et besoins spécifiques</i> (Integration and Special Needs Department) for their commitment. The College also lauded the fact that a large number of people had taken the sign-language course, and thanked the two teachers for the quality of their classes.
Luxembourgish language and culture courses
For the 2020–2021 school year, the pass rate, based on attending at least 70% of classes, was 62.55% (461 certificates awarded out of 737 students), compared to 60.83% for the 2019–2020 school year and 63.08% for the 2018–2019 school year.
Most of the students who had taken the courses in 2020–2021 were residents of Luxembourg City (67.36%); the rest were either from other municipalities in Luxembourg (26.75%) or the Greater Region (5.88%).
Course information and registration for the 2021–2022 school year
The syllabus is spread out over four years and covers four levels of proficiency: beginner, intermediate, advanced and conversational. It also includes specific courses designed to best suit learners' needs. Year-long, six-month and intensive weekday and Saturday morning courses will again be offered.
The courses will be held in several Luxembourg City districts (Bonnevoie, Cents and Gare) and will be accompanied by a range of extra-curricular cultural activities. These are designed around the principles set forth in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) drawn up by the Council of Europe.
Students who attend at least 70% of classes will receive a certificate from the City of Luxembourg and a certificate from the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth (<i>Ministère de l'Éducation nationale, de l'Enfance et de la Jeunesse</i>), with Luxembourgish language and culture courses for adults being accredited by the Ministry.
The 2021–2022 school year will begin on 15 September 2021. The majority of classes will take place in person; some distance-learning classes will also be offered.
German Sign Language courses
For the 2020–2021 school year, the pass rate, based on attending at least 70% of classes, was 96.15% (50 certificates awarded out of 52 students — 32 for DGS-1 and 18 for DGS-2), compared to 77.77% for the 2019–2020 school year and 91.11% for the 2018–2019 school year.
The students enrolled in the courses this year come from all over Luxembourg and the Greater Region. Only 26.92% of them are residents of Luxembourg City.
Course and enrolment information for the 2021–2022 school year
Since 2010, the City of Luxembourg, in conjunction with the non-profit organisation Daaflux, has offered German Sign Language courses for learners of different levels (DGS-1, DGS-2 and DGS-3). 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. It should be noted that these courses are also accredited by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth (<i>Ministère de l'Éducation nationale, de l'Enfance et de la Jeunesse</i>), and anyone who attends at least 70% of classes will be entitled to a certificate bearing the quality label.