Academic Conversation & Pronunciation - Flexi cours

Practical information

  • Teacher:          Suzana Zink
  • Level:              B2+-C1
  • Classroom:     TBA
  • Address:         Av. du 1er-Mars 26
  • Time:               Thursday, 12:15pm - 1:45pm
  • Dates:              7 sessions taking place every 2 weeks on the following dates :  
                             September: 21
                             October: 5, 19
                             November: 2, 16, 30 
                             December: 14
  • Credits:           2 or 3 ECTS
  • Price:               Students/doctoral students UniNE; PATB : CHF 126.-
                             Academic staff UniNE: CHF 168.-
                             Alumni, SAN : CHF 188.-
                             Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.): CHF 188.-
                             Staff other institutions: CHF 202.-

Undergraduate and graduate students with an intermediate level of English (B2) who wish to improve their speaking skills and gain a better understanding of English pronunciation.

There are no special entry requirements except for the students’ level of English (see ‘Target audience’). If you are not sure of your level, you can check the evaluation forms on our page “Enseignement.”

You will be asked to come to the EMA before the beginning of the semester to take a "Placement Test".

By the end of the course, successful students will be able to:

  • express their views on a variety of topics
  • master some of the vocabulary needed to engage in conversation on various topics
  • give a short presentation on a given topic
  • identify the different sounds of English
  • recognise phonemic symbols and make occasional use of phonetic transcription
  • demonstrate a greater awareness of problem areas such as word stress, silent letters, minimal pairs and connected speech.

Class work will consist in a variety of exercises including reading, vocabulary and speaking activities, with an emphasis on oral communication. Pronunciation practice will focus on the sounds of English, elements of word stress, connected speech as well as a number of problem areas (including silent-letter words, minimal pairs, homonyms and homophones).

To receive 2 ECTS credits, participants will be required to :

  • to give one short presentation and to submit one recording
  • do at least 10 hours of individual work in the Espace Multimédia d’Auto-apprentissage (E.M.A.) during the semester.

To receive 3 ECTS credits (for FLSH only, see conditions), participants will be required to :

  • to give one short presentation and to submit one recording.
  • do at least 10 hours of individual work at the Espace Multimédia d’Auto-apprentissage (E.M.A.) during the semester;
  • take part in 10 hours of English Tutorials at the Espace Multimédia d’Auto-apprentissage (E.M.A.).

Please note that the recognition of these credits by the student's own Faculty falls outside the remit of the Centre de langues.

The course material will be distributed in class. Students will be required to contribute CHF 10.- towards the cost of photocopying.


English Tutorial

English tutorials are held 4 hours/week during the semester 

Monday : 5pm - 7pm
Tuesday : 12pm - 2pm