أصبحت اللغة العربية لغة رسمية ولغة عمل
في الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة ولجانها الرئيسية
في عام 1973، بالإضافة إلى اللغات الرسمية الخمس الأخرى
وهي الإسبانية والانكليزية والروسية والفرنسية والصينية
وذلك عملاَ بقرار الجمعية العامة 319
المؤرخ 18 كانون الأول/ديسمبر 1973
Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 3190 (XXVIII) of 18 December 1973, in that year Arabic became the sixth official and working language of the General Assembly of the United Nations and its main commissions, the others being Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Shortly after the General Assembly resolution The Arabic Language Programme started to become as well the sixth language programme offered at the United Nations.
“Learning Arabic and understanding Arab culture is an essential step towards the realization and promotion of global understanding and tolerance.”
The Arabic Language Programme aims at promoting and teaching the Arabic language and culture throughout the Headquarter and other duty stations by offering Arabic language classes to the UN staff members, diplomats and staff members of the diplomatic missions to the UN.
Since its inception, the Arabic Programme has developed in quality as well as quantity and continues to do so. In house material were developed tailored towards the need of students to transfer their knowledge of the UN into Arabic, also a lot of external materials are used as well. The number of teachers is increasing to serve the increasing number of students so are the number and variety of courses offered. Courses offered vary between regular and special courses and address the needs of students to reach the proficiency level needed and to become functionally proficient in Arabic.
Teaching methodologies are going in pace with the latest methodologies in the world of teaching foreign languages. Teachers use in classes all available resources from books, and technology (audio, video, CD, DVD, and websites) to enhance their role in classrooms and aid students with their learning process.
The cultural aspect plays an important part in classrooms to familiarize staff members, diplomats and others who attend classes with many aspects of Arab culture, such as social and religious customs and traditions, family life and education to acquire an understanding of and appreciation for Arab culture.
©United Nations, 2006.