ONLINE LANGUAGE LEARNING                           

Develop your professional competences by learning an official UN language, improving your communication skills or preparing for the LPE

Are you interested in developing your professional competences? New York, Geneva and other offices design and deliver online language and communication-skills courses in the six UN official languages. 

The majority of courses are offered throughout the year mainly in winter, spring and fall with some special courses running during the summer months from July to September (e.g. LPE preparation courses).

Courses for all six language are delivered by teachers who are recruited both locally and internationally and are highly qualified and experienced in the field of language pedagogy. All teachers hold at least a Master’s degree in applied linguistics (or related field) and have a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience.

For staff members, see the User Guide on how to register on Inspira. For non-staff members, see the User Guide on how to register on elearning.un.org.

Learn a UN language 

See the course list in the menu below. Times listed are for New York, please convert to your time zone.

Arabic

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Chinese

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17 September LMS-3960 Basic Listening

30 September - 1 November | Time: TBA

self-paced with periodical meetings
21 October LMS-4003 Intermiediate Listening 4 November -  6 December | Time: TBA self-paced with periodical meetings
17 September LMS-2425 Pronunciation I 9 September - 1 November, Fri 8:30-9:30 Weekly meeting
25 October LMS-3959 Pronunciation II 4 November -  6 December, Fri 8:30-9:30 Weekly meeting

English

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20 Sept

25 Oct

LMS-5749 Advanced Grammar Topics: That vs. Which

25 Sept OR 30 Oct

Wednesday 7-8:30am

Instructor-led

4 Oct

8 Nov

LMS-5750 Advanced Grammar Topics: Passive Voice

9 Oct OR 13 Nov

Wednesday 7-8:30am

Instructor-led

11 Oct

15 Nov

LMS-5751 Advanced Grammar Topics: Modal Verbs

16 Oct OR 20 Nov

Wednesday 7-8:30am

Instructor-led

18 Oct

22 Nov

LMS-5752 Advanced Grammar Topics: Phrasal verbs

23 Oct OR 27 Nov

Wednesday 7-8:30am

Instructor-led

25 Oct

29 Nov

LMS-5753 Advanced Grammar Topics: Sentence Punctuation

30 Oct OR 4 Dec

Wednesday 7-8:30am

Instructor-led

French

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open year round

LMS-3058 First contact with French (absolute beginners) self-paced 4-week self-paced

Russian

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Spanish

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13 Sept LMS-1860 Gustos y tiempo libre. UN Level I 17 Sept - 4 Oct self-study w/ tutor
25 Oct LMS-1859 Rutina en presente. UN Level I 28 Oct - 22 Nov self-study w/ tutor
13 Sept LMS-1964 Ser y estar. UN Level I 17 Sept - 4 Oct self-study w/ tutor
13 Sept LMS-2123 Pasados en historia y bio-grafías. UN Level II 17 Sept - 4 Oct self-study w/ tutor
25 Oct LMS-2124 Aconsejar en presente de subjuntivo. UN Level II. 28 Oct -22 Nov self-study w/ tutor

 

Improve your communication skills

See the course list in the menu below. Times listed are for New York, please convert to your time zone.

Arabic

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4 October- LMS-4012 Gender Inclusive Language Guidelines in Arabic TBA self-paced with tutor via Skype for Business

Chinese

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English

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Section 1: 1 Oct

Section 2: 5 Nov

Section 3: 3 Dec

 

LMS-2662 Writing for iSeek

Section 1:  2 Oct, Wed 9-11am

Section 2:  6 Nov, Wed 9-11am

Section 3: 4 Dec, Wed 9-11am

Instructor-led
21 Sept LMS-2214 Correspondence Writing 26 Sept - 24 Oct, Thur 7:30-9am Instructor-led

Section 1: 4 Oct

Section 2: 1 Nov

Section 3: 29 Nov

LMS-1845 Summary Writing Webinar

Section 1: 8 Oct, Tue 7:30-9am

Section 2: 5 Nov, Tue 7:30-9am

Section 3: 3 Dec, Tue 7:30-9am

Instructor-led
open year round LMS-2585 Foundations of Writing for the UN Self-paced online course ~4 hours self-paced

French

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25 Oct

LMS-3404 S'informer sur l'aide humanitaire

28 Oct

4-week w/ tutor

Russian

Currently not available.

Spanish

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18 Oct LMS-2266 Hablemos de igualdad de género 28 Oct - 6 Dec self-paced w/ tutor
27 Sept LMS-3374 Como usar el español de forma inclusiva en cuanto al género 30 Sept - 18 Oct self-paced w/ tutor

4 Oct

1 Nov

29 Nov

LMS-4014 Formación de Formadores
(Tot): Lengua inclusiva en cuanto
al género

11 Oct, Fri 9:30 - 11am

8 Nov, Fri 9:30 - 11am

6 Dec, Fri 9:30 - 11am

self-paced w/ tutor
18 Oct LMS-4011 Hablemos de paz y justicia
(ODS 16)
21 Oct - 15 Nov self-paced w/ tutor
8 Nov LMS-4013 Hablemos de reducción
de desigualdades (ODS 10)
11 Nov - 6 Dec self-paced w/ tutor

 

Prepare for the Language Proficiency Examination (LPE)

See the course list in the menu below. Times listed are for New York, please convert to your time zone.

Arabic

Currently not available.

Chinese

Currently not available.

English

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French

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Inspira
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Type

22 October 2019

LMS-2500

Épreuve orale de l’EAL : présentation et stratégies

permanent access

self-paced - French LPE overview - oral part

1 hour

16 September 2019

LMS-2493

Préparer l’épreuve d’expression écrite de l’EAL

17 September

French LPE preparation - written part 

3-week w/ tutor 

16 September 2019

LMS-2494

Préparer l’épreuve d’interaction orale de l’EAL

17 September

French LPE preparation - oral part

3-week w/ tutor 

open year round

LMS-1699

Préparer les épreuves de compréhension et de langue de l'EAL

permanent access

self-paced - self-corrective exercises on comprehension, grammar and vocabulary

Russian

Currently not available.

Spanish

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