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COVID-19 can't stop Vienna's UN language training programme

Tuesday, 21 April 2020 | Vienna | UNO Vienna

Despite the challenges the pandemic has brought upon us around the globe, the UN Language Programme team in Vienna has managed to swiftly adjust from “physical to virtual classrooms”!  Learn more.

First contact with a new language

Wednesday, 20 February 2020 | Vienna | UNO Vienna

In support of multilingualism at the United Nations, the UNOV/UNODC Staff Development Unit has launched a new initiative to advertise its language courses. Learn more.

China Summer Study Programme

DO YOU WANT TO WORK ON YOUR MANDARIN ACCENT AND SPEAK CHINESE LIKE ONE OF THE LOCALS?

Join our UN Learning Session on improving your Chinese level at the Nanjing Summer University, one of the most prestigious institutes in China. Learn more.

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW RUSSIA?

The Learning and Organizational Development Unit is inviting everyone to a quiz about Russia and its culture, history, and geography. Learn more.

Introducing the Arabic Language to Staff

To mark Arabic Language Day, the Learning and Organizational Development Unit will be hosting an “Introduction into Arabic” event tomorrow Wednesday, December 18th to mark Arabic Language Day. Learn more.

The New UN Language Framework

The United Nations Language Framework is unique to the needs of our Organization, but also in line with the most recent research and other recognized frameworks for language learning.

The Framework will standardize how languages are learned, taught and assessed in the international context of the United Nations.

Other potential benefits may be a wider recognition of language skills and smoother transitions in career mobility and development.

The UN Language Framework ensures:

  • consistency across language standards (learning)
  • validity in language assessments (career development and language assessment)
  • equal treatment of languages (respect for diversity)

The four UN Levels of Language Competence acknowledge the different stages in knowing and using any of the six official languages three different domains: 

 Personal,  Public,  andUN-related, professional contexts

The four UN Levels are defined by one overall and four specific descriptors:

  • Receptive activities: Listening, reading.
  • Production and interaction: Speaking, writing .

The development of language skills is at the core of career development for a multitalented, flexible workforce. The language programmes are gradually aligning their offering with the UN Language Framework. To this end, the UN Language Framework includes a Core Curriculum and, for each UN official language, a Language-specific Curriculum.

 

"At every level of language competence, UN staff members are

expected to function as social agents in a variety of multilingual

and multicultural contexts and, as such, use existing plurilingual

and pluricultural competences to further develop their linguistic

and cultural repertoire(s), and to facilitate and promote successful

communication and cooperation throughout the Organization."

 
 

Visit of the Author of the Russian Course Books

The writer of our Russian course books, Mr. Stanislav Chernyshov held a dynamic session with our students. Mr. Chernyshov spoke about his native city St. Petersburg and his school founded in 2001. Learn more.