Our Programme

The Language and Communications Programme (LCP) at the United Nations promotes linguistic balance within the Secretariat by improving the English language skills of United Nations staff and the staff of Permanent Missions to the UN.

The English Language Programme at Headquarters offers regular English courses (listening, speaking, reading and writing), which are designed to improve general English language proficiency for beginner to advanced-level non-native English speakers.  The ELP also offers specialized courses to meet specific and work-related communications needs of members of the United Nations community.  Advanced level specialized courses enrol non-native English speakers as well as those for whom English is the primary language. 

Specialized courses in writing are aimed at developing professional styles specific to UN contexts, such as Report Writing at the UN, Summary Writing, and Writing for the Web.  Other specialized courses include Discourse Strategies, Exploring the United Nations, and Pronounciation among many others.  These courses usually focus on specific skill areas or work-related contexts.  For those ELP participants wanting to take the English Proficiency Examination (following completion of the ELP's nine levels), a preparation course is offered.

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