Online Intensive English course B2-C1

Practical information

  • Teacher:         Sara Cotelli
  • Level:              B2-C1
  • Room:             online !  
  • Dates:              4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 17, 18, 19 February 2021      
  • Credits:           3 ECTS    
  • Time:    
    09h00 - 16h00 09h00 - 16h00
    09h00 - 16h00 09h00 - 16h00 09h00 - 16h00   09h00 - 16h00 09h00 - 16h00 09h00 - 16h00
  • 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 a low B2 (upper-intermediate). 

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


At the end of the class, the student will be able to :

  • speak and communicate in English-speaking seminars;
  • do a short presentation in English;
  • write a short text in academic English (data description);
  • use a number of upper-intermediate points in academic grammar both orally and in writing;
  • use a learner’s dictionary to learn and develop academic vocabulary.

The course is going to take place online.
Small group participation (not more than 6 students per group) should ensure that the online component leaves everyone the space to participate actively.
On February 4, 5, 9, 11, 17 and 18, teaching will consist of several webex group sessions of about 60 minutes, followed by guided autonomous work sessions where students will deepen their knowledge and understanding thanks to drill and reflective exercises, then discussed in plenary. Between these intensive all-day sessions, work will be provided for the students to further learning and training. Small group tasks will be assigned for students to work together.

Short test at the end of the course (taking place via Moodle on Friday 19 February); short oral presentation and short written data description. Students will also build a ePortfolio with the traces of their autonomous and small group work.

The final mark will be an average of the marks received for the test, the presentation, the data description and the portfolio.

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