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the course schedule for English and all languages
We offer language and communication courses and training activities in several formats and durations to address our clients' needs.
Welcome to the English Language Programme!
English is one of the six official languages of the UN. It is also one of the two working languages of the Organization, along with French. English is the current global lingua franca and is spoken by more than 1.5 billion people.
The English Language Programme provides traditional integrated-skills development as well as a range of specialized and communication-skills courses aimed at building your professional development and mobility. All of the courses we currently offer are aligned with the UN Language Framework.
Format & Method:
The English Language Programme offers courses face-to-face and online in synchronous and asynchronous formats. Our teachers use contemporary language learning methods and approaches to create an interactive learning experience.
General English Courses
We currently offer 10 general language courses at UN Level I and UN Leve II, focusing on integrated-skills development (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing). Courses are 30 hours long and 10 weeks in length.
Specialized English Courses
We also offer specialized courses and webinars for UN Levels I – III. These courses focus on specific areas, such as grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, writing and listening. Students receive instruction, varied practice opportunities and feedback to improve their knowledge and skills.
Specialized English Courses
We also offer courses and webinars for communication-skills at UN Levels II and III. These courses generally focus on higher-level oral and written communication-skills development, such as correspondence or report writing and presentation skills.
We are currently redesigning our placement test to align with the UN Language Framework. Students receive continuous and summative assessments depending on the type of course.
Language Learning Resources for the Six UN Official Languages
Learners can find a variety of authentic language resources to develop, practice and reinforce their language skills. Enjoy Learning the Six UN Official Languages on Your Devices is a package of resources featuring mobile applications for language learning and UN applications as a source of authentic language. *The package has been compiled for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement of any of the products described.
Customized Training Solutions
Request a tailor-made learning solution for the communication needs of your office or department. Contact the Customized Training Team via DOS-CDOTS-TRAINING@un.org
Language Proficiency Exam
Prepare for the LPE (Language Proficiency Exam), an internal United Nations exam. See the registration instructions on the LPE page of the HR Portal. Prepare for the exam by taking one or more Language Programme courses.