Conversation & vocabulary

Practical information

  • Teacher:           Sara Cotelli
  • Level:                B2
  • Classroom:      TBA
  • Address:           Av. du 1er-Mars 26
  • Time:                Monday 1pm - 1.45pm   
  • Dates:               From September 18 to December 21, 2018
  • Price:               Students/doctoral students UniNE : CHF 126.-
                             Staff and Alumni UniNE : CHF 168.-
                             Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.) : CHF 168.-
                             Staff other institutions : CHF 182.-

Advanced Master’s students or doctoral students. Advanced learners who need to speak about their research and produce / publish written work in English.

There are no special entry requirements except for the students’ level of English. The course is aimed at students whose proficiency level is at least B1+. If you are not sure of your level, you can check the evaluation forms on our page “Enseignement.”

The course will allow students to :

  • explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
  • develop strategies to improve their vocabulary by working on word families, collocations, synonyms and antonyms
  • distinguish between different registers / levels of formality
  • use the vocabulary included in the AWL (Academic Word List) – sublists 1 to 5
Flexi-cours: the course takes place every week for 45 minutes. Students are required to do autonomous work at the Espace Multimédia d’Auto-apprentissage (E.M.A.) for 10 hours during the semester.

Activities will cover both oral and written English, with an emphasis on oral communication. Each session will include a variety of exercises and speaking activities on the AWL, word families, collocations, synonyms and antonyms.

One in-class test at the end of the course covering the vocabulary included in the first half of the AWL. Students make a five to ten-minute presentation summarizing an article. Participation to small group and class discussions and debates will be assessed throughout the whole semester using a precise table distributed at the beginning of classes.

The course material is going to be distributed in class. Students are required to contribute CHF 5.- towards the cost of printing and photocopying.


Enrolment will be open from September 3 to September 21, 2018

English tutorial Autumn semester

English tutorials are held 4 hours/week:

Autumn semester timetable will be published in August 2018.