Course icon General French courses (level 1 to 9)

Level courses range from 1 (beginner) to 9 (advanced) for non-native speakers to develop all language skills — speaking, listening, writing, reading and interacting — as well as to develop both fluency and accuracy.

Follow this link to find out more about the different Regular French Courses offered.

Duration icon Duration

French courses are usually offered before work, at lunch time, and after work. This term there are two different duration periods taking into consideration the General Assembly:

12 week term from September - December

  • 2 times per week (24 classes of 90 minutes each)

10 week term from October- December

  • 2 times per week (18 classes of 120 minutes each)
  • 3 times per week (27 classes of 80 minutes each)

Assessment icon Assessment

Continuous evaluation for levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8. Final exams for other levels (5, 7 and 9). Students need at least 65% both in the oral and the written part to pass to next level.

Methodology icon Methodology

Action-based approach



 Specialized French courses

We offer specialized courses for those who work in the language including a mix of group lessons and individual tutoring sessions, and Specialized courses, both cultural and professional, to develop specific skills, and many are designed either for high-level learners or native speakers of the language. Most meet for 6 weeks for 2-3 hours per week. These classes are for students who have already completed level 9 of the language programme in New York or have tested out of this level through the placement test.

Action Cinéma

A thematic introduction to contemporary French cinema listening comprehension activities based on dialogues in film clips and related in-class discussions and debates. Students gain practice in deciphering fast-spoken French and ability to express reactions to a film and take part in a discussion, exploring the social and culture values as they are explored by a film director in his/her work.

Entretiens professionnels

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to master the format and style recommended in a professional French-speaking environment, and to interact in interviews with confidence and ease.

Français administratif

By the end of the course, you will be able to understand and write administrative correspondence related to a wide range of administrative formalities. You will be exposed to the specificity of administrative language through analysis of documents from various sources (UN, French administrative institutions, etc.)

Français de l'humanitaire

By the end of the course, participants will be able to voice their opinions on the issues debated as they will be introduced to language related to various humanitarian topics such as conflicts, refugees and asylum seekers, food security, etc.

Français militaire et de la sécurité

By the end of the course, you will be able to identify, understand and report on key surety situations. You will be introduced to security and safety environment through specific case studies, and develop technical and communicative skills in French while working on documents from various sources (UNPOL, DPKO, DFS, and DSS).

Médias en français 2

By the end of this course, you will gain an understanding of the Francophone Media (written, TV news, and radio) through satirical press and caricature in newspapers, interviews, and press reviews.

Préparation à l'EAL en français (Cours en ligne)

This is an online self-study course to familiarize and prepare yourself for the French Language Proficiency Exam.  Areas of practice include grammar, vocabulary, reading, and listening. Please note those outside of UNHQ need to be enrolled in the LPE for this September in order to register.  For more information please refer to our flyer for the course.

Follow this link to find out more about the different Specialized French Courses offered.


Teachers icon French teachers