Language Programmes at UNHQ

Learning Centre Mural by Sergio Baradat

SPRING TERM BROCHURE: Check out all the online courses in the six languages available in the 2020 Spring Term that begins 22 April 2020.


Due to new situation caused by the COVID-19, new online solutions had to be implemented overnight at the end of the Winter term to give our students the opportunity to finish their courses with the available tools. We would like to thank you all for your incredibly favorable response to this ad hoc solution. 
Why are "general language courses" not being offered online during the Spring term?
Our first duty as a language team is to make sure we all have a set of minimal quality standards to all groups. When planning a whole new term, we need to ensure those quality standards happen not only to all groups in a language team but for all 6 language teams. We need to follow similar procedures and methodology. In order to achieve that minimal homogeneity, we would need more time, and we don't have it, since Spring term starts just a couple of weeks from now. The ad hoc solution that worked well in some groups and very well in some others like yours was sustainable for a couple of weeks, when groups were already consolidated, where learning dynamics had already been established by the teacher and accepted by the group and when it was only a matter of a couple of weeks more. However, transferring all elements of a face-to-face course to an online course needs to take into account many more aspects, and in order to do that transfer with some quality and homogeneity we need more time than two weeks.

Thank you for your patience and enthusiasm in these challenging times!


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The Language and Communications Programme is committed to creating a working environment that embraces equality, inclusivity and diversity, in support of the System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity To this end, the LCP co-created the Gender-Inclusive Language Guidelines in the six official languages of the United Nations. Please use them and share your comments and suggestions in any of the six official UN languages through the contact form.