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 English proficiency.

  • Beginners and high beginners are encouraged to start with our Level 1& 2 courses.
  • New students who are not beginners may either take a Placement Test to determine their level, or contact the English Programme Coordinator to submit evidence of an advanced level of proficiency.  Students at the B2 level or higher as per the Council of Europe Framework of Reference (CEFR) are eligible for Communication Skills training.

English Placement Tests for Fall term 2017  
To register for an exam,

  1. Go to your "My Learning" page on Inspira (UN Secretariat staff - using your staff account),
    or via (non-staff - who are eligible and after completing steps 1 and 2 here ).
  2. Search by key word: 2610. Enrol for 26 March (Section 24)

All English exams are on Monday, 1-3pm 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.

Communications icon Communication skills training

Develop your work-related writing and speaking skills.  Most of these courses are for high-level learners or native speakers of English.Click on each course name below to see a full description and details on how to register.

For global Secretariat staff

Self-paced online courses Develop your English skills 
via WebEx
Develop communication skills 
via WebEx
Foundations of Writing for the UN Guided Self Study Summary Writing Intensive Writing for iSeek
Action Through Words  Exploring the UN Presentation Skills to Present Online E-mail Etiquette
  Advanced Grammar Parts 1&2 Writing for the Web Report Writing
  Advanced Conversation Skills    






For staff at UNHQ New York

Learn English Develop Communication skills   
Intermediate Conversation Advanced English Grammar English Through Cinema
Intermediate English Grammar Writing Skills Workshop Discourse Stragies, parts I & II
Intermediate Vocabulary Correspondence Writing Advanced Conversation
Guided Self Study Summary Writing Presentation Skills
Advanced English Conversation Report Writing Exploring the United Nations
Pronunciation Skills,
Part I and Part II
Writing for iSeek  






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, we assess progress in an English course in one of 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 tasks and does those with a score of 65% or higher, s/he will pass to the next level. 
  • Those who take our writing, communication skills or other specialized courses, course requirements vary.  For all courses, you must attend a minimum of 65% of the lessons and, for most courses, you must also complete a minimum number 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.

Resources icon  Learning resources

         The following English learning resources are available to all - even those not eligible to take our English courses at UNHQ.

  • For your UN work team, request a language or communication skills course tailored to the needs of your office or department.
    Please contact the English Programme Coordinator (Ms Jodi Nooyen) to describe the training you'd like us to offer.
  • Find recommended English learning opportunities in New York - even for those not eligible to take our courses.
    See our list of recommended options, including some free options as well as available English tutors.
  • Connect with English teachers and learners, and discover learning resources in the English Language Learning community in Unite Connections.  See below for information on how to log into this "internal social media tool" for the United Nations.
  • Prepare for the English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE)

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