This is a reading comprehension lesson to test
your ability to understand information written in
English. Read the information below
and then answer the 5 test questions.
if you cannot understand something on this page,
then use the Fun Easy English
(opens in a new window)
Holiday:English Language Day
UN English Language Day is observed annually on
April 23. The event was established by the UNESCO (United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization) in 2010 to seeking "to
celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as
to promote equal use of all six of its official working
languages throughout the organization". April 23 was chosen
as the date for the English language because it is the
anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birthday.
The official languages of the United Nations are the six
languages that are used in UN meetings, and in which all
official UN documents are written when budget allows. In
alphabetical order, they are:
These languages are used at meetings of various UN
particularly the General Assembly (Article 51 of its Rules
of Procedure), the Economic and Social Council, and the
Security Council (Article 41 of its Rules of Procedure).
Each representative of a country may speak in any one of
these six languages, or may speak in any language and
provide interpretation into one of the six official
languages. The UN provides simultaneous interpretation from
the official language into the other five official
languages, via the United Nations Interpretation Service.
The six official languages are also used for the
dissemination of official documents. Until a document is
available in all six official languages, it is not
published. Generally, the texts in each of the six languages
are equally authoritative.
Hey this is definitely the most important holiday of the
year....at least for English teachers and students. lol.
All of you should spend the entire day on the Fun Easy
English site and, of course, tell all of your friends to
come and visit. lol.
English Language Day
the information above. In the test questions
below choose which is the best answer for each
question. There are 5 questions. Good luck.
1. When is UN English
Language Day observed?
2. UN English Language
Day was established by which of the following?
3. UN English Language
Day was established in which year?
4. Which of the
following in not an official language of the United Nations?
5. At meetings of various UN
organizations each representative of a country may speak in
any one of which of the following?
a. three languages
b. four languages
c. five languages
d. six languages