Intensive English course B2-C1 - SUMMER SESSION

Mostly on line with some classes on site if the situation allows it but students can take the whole course online.

The course will start only if a minimum number of registrations is met.

Practical information

  • Teacher:         Sara Cotelli
  • Level:              B2-C1
  • Classroom:    Online
  • Time:              9am to 4pm   
  • Dates:             from 19 to 30 July 2021
  • Credits:          3 ECTS    
  • Price:              Students/doctoral students UniNE, PATB : CHF 220.-
  •                         Academic Staff and Alumni UniNE : CHF 250.-
                            Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.) : CHF 250.-
                            Staff other institutions : CHF 320.-

Master’s students who have part of / their entire curriculum in English, doctoral students. This course prepares participants to use English in an academic environment.

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 (intermediate). 

If you are not sure of your level, you can check the evaluation forms on our page “Language courses”.


  • follow an academic curriculum in English
  • note taking and attending classes in English
  • speaking and communication in English-speaking seminars
  • presentation skills
  • grammar and academic writing
  • develop academic vocabulary

The course will take place online. Each session will contain exercises focusing on the four language skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading), based, for the most part, on EAP teaching materials. Online group work (no more than 6 students per group) should allow everyone to participate actively. Teaching will consist in several Webex live sessions of about 60 minutes each, followed by guided autonomous work sessions. The latter will allow students to improve their understanding of different areas of language by means of drill and reflective exercises, some of which will then be discussed during the live sessions. Supplementary materials will be provided for students who wish to get further practice outside the live and off-line sessions.

Students will get 3 ECTS at the end of the course providing they hand in a short essay, do a short presentation and get a grade of at least 4 in the end-of-course test. The Language Centre cannot guarantee recognition of the 3 ECTS by the student’s own Faculty or programme of study. 

The course material is going to be made available on Moodle.