«The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the
         imagination: it is the property of the language itself.»

Derek Walcott (b. 1930),
West Indian Poet


Mark your calendar for 25 October - the frist day of registration for courses offered Jan. - March 2011

Find courses
on a topic that interests you  - see Fall term
special courses

Celebrate English - as we did at UNHQ on 23 April 2010. Enjoy related photos, quizzes, puzzles & more

Next term:
7 Sept. - 26 Nov.

29 Nov. - 1 Dec.

English courses in New York

writingWe provide on-site English and communication skills training for eligible staff at United Nations Headquarters.

Three terms per year, as part of the Language and Communications Programme (LCP), our courses include:
From Level 1 (advanced beginner) to Level 8 (advanced), learn the fundamentals of English.
For non-native speakers
Focus on a specific skill or goal - such as writing skills or preparing for an English proficiency exam.
Learn work-related skills needed by United Nations
staff (e.g. Report Writing or Presentation Skills).
For both non-native and native speakers

Other English study opportunities

Learn about the United Nations while developing your English language. This free online self-study course was designed by our instructor, Pat Duffy.

Join the Friends of the United Nations English Club, a free-to-join group that provides opportunities for  advanced-level English learners to interact with native speakers - while also exploring New York.

Try other opportunities, recommended by teachers and students in our programme - and available even to those not eligible to take our courses.

The English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE)
Once per year, United Nations staff and affiliated diplomats
worldwide have the chance to prove their English profiency by taking this exam.

To register, visit the LPE website for the most up-to-date information and instructions.

To prepare for the exam, we strongly recommend taking our courses (you must pass Level 8 before registering for the ELPE) - and checking out our
self-study resources.

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