Academic Conversation & Pronunication

Practical information

  • Teacher:          Suzana Zink
  • Level:              C1-C2
  • Classroom:     TBA
  • Address:         Av. du 1er-Mars 26
  • Time:               Thursday, 12:15pm - 1:45pm
  • Dates:              From 23 September to 23 December, 2021
  • Credits:           3 ECTS
  • Price:               Students/doctoral students UniNE; PATB : CHF 182.-
                             Academic staff UniNE: CHF 234.-
                             Alumni, SAN : CHF 254.-
                             Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.): CHF 254.-
                             Staff other institutions: CHF 306.-

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.”

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
  • make 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).

Alongside regular class work, students will be required to give one short presentation and submit one pronunciation assignment.

Students will receive 3 ECTS credits at the end of the course providing they attend regularly, hand in a satisfactory ePortfolio and pass the end-of-course test. Any request for a possible recognition of these credits in the student's main course of study is the student's responsibility.

The course material will be distributed in class.



Registration will be open from
6 to 24 September 2021

Tutorial Spring semester

English tutorials are held 4 hours/week: