Course icon Level English courses

At UNHQ, English Level courses range from Level 1 & 2 courses (beginner / A1*) to 9 (advanced / B2-C1*) for non-native speakers to develop all language skills — speaking, listening, writing, reading and interacting — and both fluency and accuracy.  New students who are not beginners nor very proficient need to take a Placement Test to determine their level.  [*As per the Council of Europe Framework of Reference (CEFR)]

English Placement Tests for Spring term 2017  (LMS-1122)

  • All English exams are on Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm in Computer Room C in the United Nations Learning Centre, under the North Lawn.
    To get there, take the Visitor Lobby elevator - First Avenue side - to 3B.
  • To register for an exam, go to your "My Learning" page on Inspira (UN Secretariat staff) or (non-staff) and search the catalog for 1122. Enrol for the date you want.
    • 8 March - section 72
    • 15 March - section 73
    • 22 March - section 74
    • 29 March - section 75
    • 5 April - section 76

Communications icon Communication skills training

We offer writing and speaking courses for those who work in the language. Most of these are  designed either for high-level learners or native speakers of the language.  Writing and presentation skills courses include a mix of group lessons and individual tutoring sessions with the instructor.   

Click on each course name below to see a full description and details on how to register in (using your UN Secretariat staff member account) or via (if eligible but not a current UN Secretariat staff member).  We are currently updating our course adverts; all will be here by 6 March cob.

Self-paced online courses

communication skills
via WebEX*

Learn English
Communication skills 
Writing for the UN Guided Self Study Intermediate Conversation Presentation Skills workshop
Action Through Words 
Advanced Grammar Parts 1 & 2 Introduction to English Writing Advanced English Grammar
  E-mail Etiquette Intermediate Listening Writing Skills Workshop
  Presentation Skills for Presenting Online Intermediate Vocabulary Correspondence Writing
  Summary Writing Intensive Advanced English Conversation Advanced Summary Writing
  Social Media and the United Nations English Through Cinema ELPE Preparation
  Social Media webinars

Advanced Listening Strategies

  Report Writing Pronunciation Skills  Parts 1 & 2  

English Writing Clinic

Discourse Strategies Parts 1 & 2  
  ELPE format and study strategies English Through Comedy  
  ELPE preparation / reading Exploring New York City  
  ELPE preparation / listening    
  ELPE preparation / speaking    

















  • Need practice using WebEX? 
    ​Join our WebEX Practice Sessions.
  • Seeking a language or communication skills course not listed here?  
    Please contact the English Programme Coordinator (Ms Jodi Nooyen) to describe the training you'd like us to offer.

Duration icon Duration 

Most courses meet once or twice per week for 12 weeks.  However, increasingly, we are offering shorter courses.

Assessment icon Assessment

At UNHQ, assess progress in an English course in three ways, depending on the course.

  • Those who complete our beginner level courses (Levels 1 and 2), take an 'English Level 3 entrance exam'. Those who pass can move on to Level 3 in the following term or the term after that.
  • For students in Levels 3-9, we use continuous assessment.  That is, if a student completes a series of classwork and homework and does it well, s/he will pass to the next level. Alternatively, a student can take an end-of-term exam to determine if s/he is ready for the next level.
  • Those who take our writing, communication skills or other specialized courses, course requirements vary.  For most courses, to pass, you must attend a minimum of 65% of the lessons and, for most courses, you must also complete a minimum of course assignments. 


Methodology icon Methodology

At UNHQ, we use the Communicative Approach.  Our goal is to give you as many opportunities as possible to communicate in English during each course.


Resources icon  Learning resources

We offer the following learning resources available to all - even those not eligible to take our English courses at UNHQ.

To log into Unite Connections, use your UN e-mail address and e-mail password.  If you don't have access to Unite Connections, we can request that for you. Please send a request to the English Coordinator and include your name, job title, Organization / office, job title, and reason for wanting to get access to Unite Connections.


Teachers icon English teachers at UNHQ