Grammar for Academic Purposes - Flexi-course

Practical information

  • Teacher:           Lise-Marie Moser
  • Level:               B2-C1
  • Classroom:     B29
  • Address:          Av. du 1er-Mars 26
  • Time:               Tuesday 12:15pm - 1:45pm
  • Dates:              September: 26 12h15-13h00 (introduction)
                             October: 3, 17, 31 12h15-13h45
                             November: 14, 28 12h15-13h45
                             December: 12 12h15-13h45 / 19 12h15-13h00 (test)
  • Credits :           2 or 3 ECTS
  • Price:               Students/doctoral students UniNE, PATB : CHF 126.-
                             Academic Staff UniNE : CHF 168.-
                             Alumni UniNE, SAN : CHF 188.-
                             Students other institutions (EPFL, HE-Arc, etc.) : CHF 188.-
                             Staff other institutions : CHF 202.-

Students who would like to become more confident in using English for their studies, with an emphasis on academic grammar.

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.”

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

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • use appropriately important grammatical structures for academic writing.
  • write complex sentences with ease.
  • know the way information is transmitted in written texts.
  • use the appropriate degree of hedges in your writing.

Each session covers a different topic and students will have to work individually, in pairs or take part in whole-class activities. The course focuses on grammar and we will learn this grammar in context. In the week between two courses, student will be asked to do some work at home (read texts, listen to short conferences or videos and read explanations about grammar points). As this is a flexi-course, students will be required to do 10 hours of self-study at the Espace Multimédia d’Auto-apprentissage (EMA). For those students who need to get ECTS 3, attendance to the English tutorial for 10 extra hours will be required.


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

  • attend regularly (no more than two absences per semester) and pass the end-of-semester test;
  • 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 :

  • attend regularly (no more than two absences per semester) and pass the end-of-semester test;
  • 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.).

Any request for a possible recognition of these credits in the student's main course of study is the student's responsibility.

Students will use Paterson, Ken and Roberta Wedge Oxford Grammar for EAP. English grammar and practice for Academic Purposes, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Paperback ISBN: 9780194329996

eBook ISBN: 9780194336741

The chapters of the book covered in the course will be available in PDF format on Moodle.

Additional materials will be provided.


English Tutorial

English tutorials are held 4 hours/week during the semester :

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