Pronunciation and oral skills

Practical information

  • Teacher:           Suzana Zink
  • Level:               B1-C1
  • Classroom:      D62
  • Address:           Av. du 1er-Mars 26
  • Time:                Tuesday 5:15pm - 6pm
  • Dates:               From February 27 to May 29, 2018
  • Price:               Student/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.-

This course is aimed at students who would like to practise speaking and develop a better understanding of different areas of English pronunciation.

There are no special entry requirements. However, this course would suit best learners whose proficiency level is at least A2+/B1. If you are not sure of your level, you can check the evaluation forms on our page "Language courses"

The course will allow students to:

  • master the sounds of English and identify the phonemic symbols used in phonetic transcription
  • recognise homophones, homographs and minimal pairs
  • identify word stress as well as stress changes depending on the word’s grammatical category
  • recognize strong and weak forms
  • identify silent letters in a variety of vocabulary items

The topics covered include: the sounds of English, phonemic symbols, word stress, silent letters, –ed endings in past tense verb forms, connected speech, strong/weak forms. Students work individually, in pairs or take part in whole-class activities.

The course takes place every week from 13:00-13:45. Additionally, students are required to do ten hours of self-study at the Espace Multimédia d’Auto-apprentissage (E.M.A.)

Students are required to sit an end-of-semester test covering the different topics discussed in class.

The course material is going to be distributed in class. Students are required to contribute CHF 10.- towards the cost of printing and photocopying.

English tutorial Autumn semester

English tutorials are held 5 hours/week:

Monday : 12 - 1pm

Tuesday : 6 - 7pm

Wednesday : 12 - 2pm

Friday : 1 - 2pm