Social and Professional Interaction in English: face-to-face Communication at Conferences and Events (pendant les intersemestres)

attention.jpg This module is for doctoral students, researchers and teachers in all disciplines

Interactive workshop

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.

Learning outcomes

Use communication and social skills (in English) to interact effectively in an international academic context, namely:

  • Greeting and introductions (formal and informal)
  • Initiate, maintain and conclude a conversation, and then move on
  • Talk concisely and effectively about your research
  • Ask effective questions and respond to questions (formal and informal)
  • Invite and accept/decline an invitation
  • Express opinions
  • Tell stories
  • Make a good impression
  • Understand verbal and visual clues (e.g., body language)
  • Maintain relationships


Theory and interactive workshop, followed by role-plays and discussions. The focus is on interacting in conference and professional event situations.

Practical information

Pre-inscription period only for intersemestre courses Dates
Dates Winter intersemester
Summer intersemester
Tuesday 28 January 2020
Monday 22 June 2020
Duration 1 day 8 periods/day (9h00-16h30)
Required level From B1/B2 Level descriptor
Centre de langues courses are only for members of the UNIL community - with a few exceptions All information
Fees for this specific module UNIL doctoral students
UNIL researchers
UNIL Teaching staff
CHF 72.-
CHF 96.-
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