All modules in English

The Language Centre offers different types of courses (for more information):

  • Integrated skills modules – beginner to advanced
  • Specific skills modules
  • Exam option modules
  • Guided independent learning with a tutor
  • Free independent learning

Take a look at the different courses and choose the one which best matches your needs.

Integrated skills modules

You will be placed in a class according to the information you gave in your pre-registration (for more information).


Levels: Complete beginner to C2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods):

  • Beginner to A2: 2 periods in a group and 2 periods in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning (1 of which in ‘free access’) per week
  • A2/B1 to B2: 2 periods in a group and 1 period in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning per week
  • B2/C1 to C2: 2 periods in a group per week

Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Specific skills modules

English for academic studies

Students in 1st and 2nd cycle (BA et MA) only

Learning outcomes

  • To write clear, well structured academic texts of some length, with a high degree of grammatical accuracy and in an appropriate style (articles, dissertations, etc.)
  • To use a range of argument types in an appropriate manner and demonstrate a good command of both general and specialised vocabulary
  • To edit one’s own and colleagues’ texts, improving them stylistically and grammatically

Work will be based on topics selected by the participants.


Level required: from B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


 

Learning outcomes

  • To apply listening strategies in order to follow a presentation or discussion in his/her field
  • To communicate competently and efficiently in a general academic context
  • To take detailed and efficient notes to process and share information
  • To express one’s ideas and opinions clearly and precisely during academic discussions
  • To give a clear, structured talk with relevance to a specialist field

Level required: from B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group and 1 period of ‘free access’ in the Multimedia Centre for weekly private study


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


 

Doctoral students, post-doctoral students and students doing research only

Learning outcomes

  • To use the types of knowledge and information management needed for thesis writing
  • To know how to report quantitative and qualitative research and how to use references and citation without plagiarism
  • To write clear, well-structured academic texts of some length, with a high degree of grammatical accuracy and in an appropriate style (articles, dissertations, etc.)
  • To apply the conventions, language and principles of academic writing in one’s own field
  • To demonstrate skills in synthesizing and evaluating research information
  • To understand intercultural differences in research writing
  • To edit one’s own and colleagues’ texts, providing constructive feedback and improving them stylistically and grammatically

This course is intended for PhD students only.


Level required: from B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group per week


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


 

Do you need to submit a proposal, write an article or write your thesis in English? Give a course or present at a conference? Participate in a round-table discussion?

If you wish to improve your communication skills in English with professional personalised guidance and by working independently on your personal objectives, then this way of learning is for you.

Target public: doctoral students, researchers and members of the teaching staff


Practical information

Course structure

  • 4 one-hour meetings per semester with your tutor (by appointment)
  • use of the Multimedia Centre (free-access) according to individual needs

Objectives of the sessions

  • The first will allow your needs to be analysed, your objectives to be defined and areas of study to be established.
  • During the three remaining sessions, based on an analysis of your specific situation, your tutor will provide you with precise feedback on your oral and written work. He/She will suggest ways on how to improve and comment on his/her corrections.

NB: Your tutor’s role is to guide you in planning and managing your learning according to the structure described above.


Level required: from B1 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Structure: 4 personal 1-hour sessions (by appointment) with a tutor


Dates and deadlines


Registration: Direct access to online registration


 

Interactive workshop

  • To structure an effective short presentation
  • To describe the background to your research question
  • To present the key results and research significance
  • To avoid scientific jargon
  • To capture and maintain the audience’s attention
  • To develop an effective stage presence
  • To design an appropriate slide
  • To tell a story

At the end of the workshop, the participants should be capable of presenting their research concisely, effectively, enthusiastically and successfully to a non-specialist academic audience.

Methods

Participants will be filmed during their presentations and the film will be used for giving constructive feedback. They should bring their laptop for slide preparation.

This module is intended for PhD students of all disciplines. Preferably, participants should have advanced sufficiently in their research to be able to describe the motivation, questions and goals of their doctoral thesis.


Level required: from B1/B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 2 days, 4 periods/day (from 13h00 to 17h00)


Dates: to be defined


Registration period: from 15 August to 15 September 2020


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


 

Would you like to feel more confident when interacting in English in social and professional situations? This one-day workshop gives you the language skills to improve your social interaction in English.

Establishing and maintaining a professional network is essential for doctoral candidates not only while studying, but also in their professional lives for developing their career and establishing cooperative partnerships. Striking up and maintaining a conversation is not always easy but there are tools that can help you.

We will be looking at the linguistic and communicative skills you need for interacting at conferences and other professional events.

Interactive workshop

  • To greet and introductions (formal and informal)
  • To initiate and maintain a conversation
  • To talk concisely and effectively about your research
  • To ask effective questions and respond to questions (formal and informal)
  • To invite and accept/decline an invitation
  • To express opinions
  • To tell stories
  • To make a good impression
  • To listen for verbal signs or watch for physical clues
  • To conclude the conversation and move on
  • To maintain relationships

Methods

An interactive workshop with theoretical and linguistic input followed by role play and discussion.The doctoral candidate should have the communicative, linguistic and social skills to help them conduct effective social and professional interaction in an international (English-speaking) academic environment.This module is intended for researchers and doctoral students from all disciplinary backgrounds.


Level required: from B1/B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 1 day, 8 periods/day


Date: 9 January 2020


Registration period: from 15 November to 13 December 2019


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


 

Learning outcomes

  • To use the types of knowledge and information management needed for thesis writing
  • To know how to report quantitative and qualitative research and how to use references and citation without plagiarism
  • To write clear, well-structured academic texts of some length, with a high degree of grammatical accuracy and in an appropriate style (articles, dissertations, etc.)
  • To apply the conventions, language and principles of academic writing in one’s own field
  • To demonstrate skills in synthesizing and evaluating research information
  • To understand intercultural differences in research writing
  • To edit one’s own and colleagues’ texts, providing constructive feedback and improving them stylistically and grammatically

This course is intended for PhD students only.


Level required: from B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 6 days, 4 periods/day


Dates: 13, 14, 16 and 20, 21, 23 January 2020


Registration period: from 15 November to 13 December 2019


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


 

Learning outcomes

  • To talk about oneself and one’s field of study
  • To express opinions and ideas clearly
  • To ask and respond to questions effectively
  • To structure a formal presentation
  • To give a presentation with peer evaluation and formative assessment

Level required: from B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 2 days, 7 periods/day


Dates: 27 and 31 January 2020


Registration period: from 15 November to 13 December 2019


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


English for professional purposes

  • To write in clear standard English using appropriate written style, register and layout for email job applications, cover letters, CVs as well as post interview correspondence
  • To write a personal statement in order to create a professional-looking profile for a CV or online presence
  • To communicate your strengths and skills confidently in a job interview
  • To discuss and negotiate terms and conditions of a potential job effectively
  • To analyze sample cover letters and compare intercultural aspects

Duration of module: 3 days, 4 periods/day


Dates: 27, 29 and 31 January 2020


Registration period: from 15 November to 13 December 2019


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


 

Learning outcomes

  • To engage in extended conversations in a participatory fashion on most general topics and matters related to professional life
  • To present clear, detailed descriptions and presentations, with appropriate highlighting of significant points, and relevant supporting detail
  • To understand documentaries, live interviews and talk shows in standard English
  • To understand content and relevance of various reading texts; news items, articles, reports and identify contextual clues
  • To write clear, structured texts to convey personal news, views and correspondence

This module is intended for staff members only.


Level required: from B2/C1 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


 

Learning outcomes

  • To interact in practical work-related situations: making small talk and exchanging facts, telephone conversations and interviews
  • To describe academic and professional background in the context of a face to face job interview or via telephone
  • To give a well-structured pitch/presentation on a professional topic
  • To defend arguments and evaluate different ideas or solutions to a problem in a meeting
  • To use listening strategies to understand the main points of clear standard speech regularly encountered in a business environment
  • To understand and comment on trends in work-related matters and current international issues
  • To correspond in clear standard English using appropriate layout and style (cover letters, emails, short reports)

This course is intended mainly for persons wishing to prepare for entry to the international job market.


Level required: from B2/C1 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


English for the development of specific interactive skills

Learning outcomes

  • To actively participate in conversation and discussions on a variety of general interest topics
  • To express ideas and opinions; ask and respond to questions
  • To acquire and use new vocabulary with special emphasis on phrasal verbs and idioms
  • To use appropriate register to write an informal/fomal text

Level required: B1 and B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


 

Learning outcomes

  • To express oneself in English using correct pronunciation, liaison, stress, intonation and rhythm
  • To use correct intonation to express meaning and highlight key ideas
  • To recognise structure and thought groups, for example during a presentation

Level required: B1/B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group and 1 period of ‘free access’ in the Multimedia Centre for weekly private study


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


 

Learning outcomes

  • To react critically to audio/visual input on a range of topical issues, acknowledging personal biases and those of others
  • To participate effectively in a debate by affirming one’s opinions and arguing logically and persuasively
  • To present a spoken argument clearly and precisely, using suitable vocabulary, structure and intonation
  • To demonstrate creative thinking skills through brainstorming, speculating and hypothesizing
  • To evaluate, on the basis of appropriate criteria, one’s own and others’ spoken production
  • To take into consideration certain cultural differences

Level required: C1 and C2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Exam option modules

This test assesses mastery of four skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing) required in an academic context where the teaching medium is English. A candidate for TOEFL must have a level of at least B2 in English.

The result of this test is expressed as a number of points. The total achieved must match the number of points required by the institution applied to.

Learning outcome

  • To converse and defend arguments in various contexts, on both a personal and academic level
  • To understand interventions of a certain length in various fields when standard language is used
  • To read texts of a certain length in an academic context
  • To summarise information from different sources and media
  • To write a structured formal or argumentative text of a certain length
  • To deal with basic intercultural differences
  • To develop independent learning strategies, especially those relevant to exams

This test is intended to ascertain the candidate’s present level. Its validity is thus limited to 2 years.


Level required: from B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group and 1 period of ‘free access’ in the Multimedia Centre for weekly private study


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


For additional information: Please consult the TOEFL website.

 

This Cambridge English certificate serves as a language qualification for entry to many universities in the English-speaking world.

Learning outomes

  • To apply appropriate strategies in a range of formal or informal communicative situations, both social and professional (negotiating, collaborating, etc.)
  • To correct one’s own errors, both written and spoken
  • To recognise the intention and the point of view of the speaker in an announcement, a speech or a radio programme
  • To use different reading strategies in order to grasp either overall or in depth the relevance and implications of a range of text types (journalistic, advertising, academic, etc)
  • To write clear, well-structured texts (brochures, letters, memos) in an appropriate style using skillfully chosen and relevant vocabulary
  • To deal with basic intercultural differences and grasp their significance in the realm of communication

Level required: C1 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group and 1 period in the Multimedia Centre for Personalised Learning per week


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


For additional information: Please consult the Cambridge Assessment English website.

 

This Cambridge English serves as a language qualification for entry to the majority of universities in the English-speaking world.

Learning outomes

  • To express oneself spontaneously, fluently and precisely in social, professional and academic contexts; to convey finer shades of meaning in dealing with complex subjects; to backtrack and restructure in a natural way
  • To understand without effort all text types whether or not they relate to one’s own field, even those which are propositionally and linguistically complex
  • To understand without difficulty complex spoken language in a range of contexts, and to take accurate notes
  • To reconstruct facts and arguments from written sources in such a way that the overall result is a coherent summary
  • To write complex, clear, well-structured texts in an appropriate style, adapted to the target reader (letters, reports, essays, reviews, etc.)
  • To be aware of the socio-cultural implications of the language used by other speakers and to react accordingly
  • To apply learning and exam management strategies

Level required: C2 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Course structure (compulsory periods): 2 periods in a group and 1 period of ‘free access’ in the Multimedia Centre for weekly private study


Timetable: Established according to participants’ availability


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


For additional information: Please consult the Cambridge Assessment English website.


Intensive modules

Integrated skills modules intensive

Dates: from 3 to 7 February 2020


Duration of module: 1 week, 6 periods/day (from 8:30 to 14:30)


Registration: from 15 November to 13 December 2019


Registration: Direct access to online registration


 

Dates: from 2 to 12 June 2020


Duration of module: 2 weeks, 4 periods/day (from 08:30 to 12:00)


Registration: from 15 April to 22 May 2020


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Specific skills modules intensive
  • To write in clear standard English using appropriate written style, register and layout for email job applications, cover letters, CVs as well as post interview correspondence
  • To write a personal statement in order to create a professional-looking profile for a CV or online presence
  • To communicate your strengths and skills confidently in a job interview
  • To discuss and negotiate terms and conditions of a potential job effectively
  • To analyze sample cover letters and compare intercultural aspects

Duration of module: 3 days, 4 periods/day


Dates: 27, 29 and 31 January 2020


Registration period: from 15 November to 13 December 2019


Module fees


RegistrationDirect access to online registration


 

Would you like to feel more confident when interacting in English in social and professional situations? This one-day workshop gives you the language skills to improve your social interaction in English.

Establishing and maintaining a professional network is essential for doctoral candidates not only while studying, but also in their professional lives for developing their career and establishing cooperative partnerships. Striking up and maintaining a conversation is not always easy but there are tools that can help you.

We will be looking at the linguistic and communicative skills you need for interacting at conferences and other professional events.

Interactive workshop

  • To greet and introductions (formal and informal)
  • To initiate and maintain a conversation
  • To talk concisely and effectively about your research
  • To ask effective questions and respond to questions (formal and informal)
  • To invite and accept/decline an invitation
  • To express opinions
  • To tell stories
  • To make a good impression
  • To listen for verbal signs or watch for physical clues
  • To conclude the conversation and move on
  • To maintain relationships

Methods

An interactive workshop with theoretical and linguistic input followed by role play and discussion.The doctoral candidate should have the communicative, linguistic and social skills to help them conduct effective social and professional interaction in an international (English-speaking) academic environment.This module is intended for researchers and doctoral students from all disciplinary backgrounds.


Level required: from B1/B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 1 day, 8 periods/day


Date: 9 January 2020


Registration period: from 15 November to 13 December 2019


Module fees


RegistrationDirect access to online registration


 

Learning outcomes

  • To use the types of knowledge and information management needed for thesis writing
  • To know how to report quantitative and qualitative research and how to use references and citation without plagiarism
  • To write clear, well-structured academic texts of some length, with a high degree of grammatical accuracy and in an appropriate style (articles, dissertations, etc.)
  • To apply the conventions, language and principles of academic writing in one’s own field
  • To demonstrate skills in synthesizing and evaluating research information
  • To understand intercultural differences in research writing
  • To edit one’s own and colleagues’ texts, providing constructive feedback and improving them stylistically and grammatically

This course is intended for PhD students only.


Level required: from B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 6 days, 4 periods/day


Dates: 13, 14, 16 and 20, 21, 23 January 2020


Registration period: from 15 November to 13 December 2019


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration


 

Learning outcomes

  • To talk about oneself and one’s field of study
  • To express opinions and ideas clearly
  • To ask and respond to questions effectively
  • To structure a formal presentation
  • To give a presentation with peer evaluation and formative assessment

Level required: from B2 (Description)


Duration of module: 2 days, 7 periods/day


Dates: 27 and 31 January 2020


Registration period: from 15 November to 13 December 2019


Module fees


RegistrationDirect access to online registration


Exam option modules intensive

This test assesses mastery of four skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing) required in an academic context where the teaching medium is English. A candidate for TOEFL must have a level of at least B2 in English.

The result of this test is expressed as a number of points. The total achieved must match the number of points required by the institution applied to.

Learning outcome

  • To converse and defend arguments in various contexts, on both a personal and academic level
  • To understand interventions of a certain length in various fields when standard language is used
  • To read texts of a certain length in an academic context
  • To summarise information from different sources and media
  • To write a structured formal or argumentative text of a certain length
  • To deal with basic intercultural differences
  • To develop independent learning strategies, especially those relevant to exams

This test is intended to ascertain the candidate’s present level. Its validity is thus limited to 2 years.


Level required: from B2 (Description)


Date: from 7 to 11 September 2020


Duration: 1 week, 4 periods/day


Registration period: from 15 April to 22 May 2020


Module fees


RegistrationDirect access to online registration


For additional information: Please consult the TOEFL website.


Guided autonomy with tutor

This type of independent study provides the opportunity to:

  • learn in a manner adapted to one’s personal needs
  • use tools to analyse those needs, plan objectives and assess one’s progress
  • become familiar with new learning strategies and find appropriate material

It is designed for students at A1/A2 or above and consists of:

  • 3 interviews per semester (1st and 3rd interview: 60 minutes; 2nd interview: 30 minutes)
  • 2 periods per week in the Multimedia Centre (1 registered period and 1 free-access period)
  • personal work (agreed on with the tutor in accordance with your personal objectives)

Pedagogical support includes:

  • the 3 interviews, which serve to set up a study plan in accordance with your personal objectives and to provide both an intermediate and final assessment of your progress
  • access to teacher input during the registered session in the Multimedia Centre
  • registration to a Moodle platform (for all practical information)
  • online back-up via the PlurieL website and/or email contact with your tutor

Although some of the tasks can be completed at home, those requiring access to multimedia material have to be done in the Multimedia Centre. (Room CE 2 347)

Learning through guided autonomy is an individual process. The role of your tutor is to guide you when planning and managing your study within the structure of the module.


Level required: from A1/A2 (Description)


Duration of module:12 weeks per semester


Periods in the Multimedia Centre: opportunity to choose from a large number of EMA periods


Dates and deadlines


Module fees


Registration: Direct access to online registration

 

Do you need to submit a proposal, write an article or write your thesis in English? Give a course or present at a conference? Participate in a round-table discussion?

If you wish to improve your communication skills in English by means of professional personalised guidance and by working independently on your personal objectives, then this way of learning is for you.

Target public: Doctoral students, researchers and members of the teaching staff


Practical information

Course structure

  • 4 one-hour meetings per semester with your tutor (by appointment)
  • use of the Multimedia Centre (free-access) according to individual needs

Session objectives

  • The first will allow your needs to be analysed, your objectives to be defined and areas of study to be established.
  • During the three remaining sessions, based on an analysis of your specific situation, your tutor will provide you with precise feedback on your oral and written work. He/She will suggest ways on how to improve and comment on his/her corrections.

NB: Your tutor’s role is to guide you in planning and managing your learning according to the structure described above.


Level required: from B1 (Description)


Duration of module: 13 weeks per semester


Structure: 4 personal 1-hour sessions (by appointment) with a tutor


Dates and deadlines


Registration: Direct access to online registration


Independent learning – no registration required

Timetables of the Multimedia Centre (EMA) in free access and location

In order to continue your language study independently, the Language Centre offers, on an almost daily basis, free-access periods in the Multimedia Centre. You can:

  • go freely (without an appointment)
  • benefit from the resources which have been specially devised for independent language learning
  • easily find learning activities which correspond to your level and needs
  • make use of information and tools in order to better manage your learning through free acces.

Someone is present to help you understand how the room works and how to find printed materials.


 

Tandems are organised and set up within the framework of the Tandem Program of the Arts Faculty/EFLE.

  • Tandem is two people of different mother tongues who meet regularly to teach each other their respective languages
  • Objective: to progress independently in a language, not only by language training but also by cultural discoveries
  • The two partners agree to a specific period of time and choose the pace, meeting place and content of their language learning.

Tandem is a good way of supplementing free access periods in the Multimedia Centre.