Formation Continue

The Continuing Education program organized by the English department was launched in 2013. Headed by Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère assisted by Marie Emilie Walz, it offers one-day courses in September around a chosen theme, approach, genre or author pertaining to Anglophone literatures, languages and cultures. As part of the UNIL/EPFL Formation Continue portfolio of training activities (, this short course is intended for adult learners and designed for the intellectual stimulation, pedagogical reflection and personal enrichment of teachers of English through lectures delivered by members of the English department and invited speakers, workshops and other activities. The course is supplemented by relevant material accessible to participants on Moodle. Boris Vejdovsky joined the team in 2018.

September 16th 2022

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"Less is more": unpacking the short story as a literary genre.

As brief and concentrated texts, short stories have been for centuries a space of narrative and stylistic experimentation for many authors, and they are also readily enjoyable and most teachable texts. The fast-paced development of the storyline, the simplified but evocative settings, and the presence of intriguing characters and narrators require the close attention of readers and their active participation in the story. Most of the great masters of English prose since the nineteenth century have tried their hand at this genre, and some of them have even made of the short story the signature of their oeuvre.




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