Practicing English Proficiency (PEP)

| DIALANG Proficiency Test

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Previously known as Language Lab, our Practicing English Proficiency (PEP) programme is for students who would like extra language support. Students are encouraged to subscribe to the PEP Moodle page (no key needed) for resource lists and up-to-date information about events and workshops being run as part of the PEP programme.
PEP workshops are held on Wednesdays 16:15-17:00 in Anthropole 1018 (teaching weeks only). These workshops are primarily for strengthening students’ oral proficiency and confidence, though we do tackle different themes, grammar points, and activities, to give you skills that also transfer to your writing and general comprehension abilities. We strongly encourage students to let us know if there are particular things they would like to work on. Please check the Practicing English Proficiency Moodle page for the schedule, which changes every semester.

If you would like to practice with particular grammar features or listening comprehension, we encourage you to visit the Centre de langues, also located in the Anthropole building. They have a multimedia space (Anthropole 1060) with an extensive searchable repository of exercises (PlurieL), as well as other resources. All students are welcome to use the lab during the périodes de libre accès. You can learn more about the apprentissage individuel libre here.

In complement, the English department participates in the CLAD language accreditation process, for students who would like to attend HEP after completing their degree at UNIL. For more information about CLAD, please visit the main CLAD website or the department’s information page.

For more details about available support, please contact Andrew Reilly.

DIALANG Proficiency Test

DIALANG is an online diagnostic system that is used to assess language proficiency by many European higher education institutions. It reports your level of skill against the Common European Framework (CEF) for language learning.

The DIALANG test must be taken in the first three weeks of the semester (i.e. Thursday 3 October 2019 at the latest). The test can be accessed via direct link or through Selfpad. You will be tested on three different compentencies: listening, writing, and reading. Students at the B2 level (or higher) should be able to complete all three tests and subsequent reflective exercise within the testing period, as each test should take 20-30 minutes.

The dates and times for taking the DIALANG test in Autumn 2019 are below. All testing will take place in Anthropole 1015. Please ensure that you know your Unil login and password as you’ll need them to access test materials.


 Week 1 (no EC, IELL, or ILA classes) 


  • Tue, 17.09.:  15-17
  • Wed, 18.09. 8.30-10.30 13.30-15.30 
  • Thu, 19.09.:  9-11 
  • Fri, 20.09.:  8.30-10.30,  15-17 

Week 2 (all first year classes running as scheduled) 

  • Mon, 23.09.:  15.30-17.30 
  • Wed, 25.09.:  9.30-11.30 13-15 
  • Thu, 26.09.:  9.30-11.30

Week 3 (all first year classes running as scheduled)

  • Mon, 30.09.:  15.30-17.30 
  • Wed, 02.10.:  10.15-12.15 14.30-16.30 
  • Thu, 03.10.:  10.15-12.15

You can sign up here ( if you have not already done so.


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