LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATIONS

Language courses in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are offered to promote linguistic balance within the Secretariat and to improve the language skills of staff who work in a multicultural and multilingual environment. The purpose of these courses is to provide staff members with the opportunity to achieve proficiency in other official languages, develop greater respect for diversity, and promote cross-cultural understanding.

Regular and Accelerated Courses

In New York, several types of language courses are offered in each thirteen-week term: regular (three or four hours per week), accelerated (five hours per week), communication (one or two hours per week) and special (other formats). End-of-term examinations are given in the thirteenth week of the term for regular and accelerated courses. Courses are organized for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. In addition, specialized workshops are also offered in specific areas, such as listening, reading, pronunciation and cultural and linguistic diversity. Classes normally meet for onehour periods before or after work or at lunch time. Supervisors are requested to permit staff members attending classes during their lunch hour twenty minutes for a quick meal before resuming their work.

Additional information on the Language and Communications Programme may be found in information circular ST/IC/2009/40. A detailed schedule indicating the courses to be offered in a specific term is available at the information desk in the Madison Building, M-14001, during the registration period for each term or at the Language and Communications Programme website at: http:// www.un.org/staffdevelopment/lcp

The course calendar and registration schedule for 2010 is also provided in this section and at the Language and Communications Programme website in each of the six official languages.

Special Language and Communications Courses

Special language courses enable staff to focus on improving their abilities in specific skill areas. They enhance, expand and reinforce language skills so that staff members can continue to maintain and develop their linguistic abilities in the official languages. Not all courses are offered each term. Registrants should check listings of courses for the new term at the time of registration.

Special Language and Communications Courses are offered periodically. Check listings of courses for the new term at the time of registration.

New participants may enroll for language courses via web-based registration or in person. During the registration period, prospective participants may register in room DC2-202, between 10 a.m. and noon, or in room M-14001, on the 14th floor of the Madison building, between 1.30 and 3.30 p.m. Students may not register for more than two courses (one regular or accelerated course and one special course or two special courses) without the permission of the coordinator. The registration form is available at our website (www. un.org/staffdevelopment/lcp) and should be completed and submitted by the prospective student during the registration period.

How to Register

New participants may enroll for language courses via web-based registration or in person. During the registration period, prospective participants may register in room DC2-202, between 10 a.m. and noon, or in room M-14001, on the 14th floor of the Madison building, between 1.30 and 3.30 p.m. Students may not register for more than two courses (one regular or accelerated course and one special course or two special courses) without the permission of the coordinator. The registration form is available at our website (www.
un.org/staffdevelopment/lcp) and should be completed and submitted by the prospective student during the registration period.

Language Proficiency Testing

The United Nations language proficiency examination is the official test of a staff member’s knowledge of a language and may be taken both by participants who have completed the highest level of a United Nations language course and by staff members who have achieved proficiency through other recognized courses. Further details on the Language Proficiency Examination can be found in the Administrative Instruction ST/AI/1999/2. For updates on the Language Proficiency Exams, including exam dates in 2010, please visit the Examinations and Tests Section website at: http://www. un.org/exam/lpe

For information about each language

  • Arabic: contact Samia Montasser,
    Arabic Language Coordinator:
    montasser@un.org,
    (212) 963-9506, Room S-1850
  • Chinese: contact Yong Ho, Chinese
    Head Teacher:
    ho@un.org,
    (212) 963-2481, Room S-1852
  • English: contact Kathryn Good,
    English Language Coordinator:
    good@un.org,
    (212) 963-3820, Room S-1849
  • French: contact Jerome Quentin,
    Coordinateur de français:
    quentinj@un.org,
    (917) 367-2693, Room S-1847
  • Russian: contact Alla Padalka,
    Russian Head Teacher:
    padalka@un.org,
    (212) 963-7063, Room S-1848
  • Spanish: contact Felipe Martin Sarachaga,
    Spanish Language Coordinator:
    martinsarachaga@un.org,
    (212) 963-3329, Room S-1851
For more information: contact
Emmanuel Soyer, Officer in Charge of the Language and Communications Programme:
soyer@un.org,
(212) 963-7019, Room S-1846

The Language Proficiency Examination website (http://www.un.org/exam/lpe) offers details on the LPE registration and schedule, as well as sample examinations in each of the six official languages. The eligibility requirements, written in both English and French, are listed under “Substantive LPE information for candidates.” You can access the document by clicking on “About the Exam”, located on the top left of the homepage. Candidates interested in sitting for the Language Proficiency Examination must verify their level of proficiency prior to registration.

Preparation for the Language Proficiency Examinations

To help prepare for the Language Proficiency Examinations, copies of sample examinations can be obtained at http://www.un.org/exam/ lpe. Inquiries on additional reference materials for the examination should be addressed to the Language and Communication Programme. Inquiries on the Language Proficiency Examination should be directed to the Examinations and Tests Section (ETS): unlpeny@un.org (for inquiries from New York-based candidates) Phone: (212) 963-9503; Email: oahunlpe@un.org (for inquiries from candidates at offices away from Headquarters)