Preparation for the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

This Cambridge University ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) certificate is asked for by many universities in English-speaking countries. It is also very useful when applying for a job.

Learning outcomes

  • Apply appropriate strategies in a range of formal or informal communication situations, both social and professional (negotiating, collaborating, etc.)
  • Correct one's writing and speaking errors
  • Recognise the intention and the point of view of speakers in talks, interviews and informal conversations
  • Use different reading stratégies in order to grasp the overall or specific relevance and implications of a range of text types (journalistic, advertising, academic, etc.)
  • Write clear, well-structured texts (essays, letters, reports, reviews) in an appropriate style using relevant, nuanced vocabulary
  • Deal with basic intercultural differences and grasp their significance in communication

Practical information

Pre-registration dates and deadlines   All information
Required level C1 Level descriptor
Structure of the module
(per week)
> Group 2 periods
  > Multimedia Centre (EMA)* 1 period
Timetable Fixed according to the availability of the participants All information
Fees Language Center courses are only for members of the UNIL community (with a few exceptions) All information

*When indicated, the multimedia space for independent learning (EMA) is an integrated part of the course. It can be “online registration” or “free access” (details)

attention.jpgThe complete preparation course runs over 2 semesters. We recommend you follow both semesters (Autumn and Spring) – which means re-enrolling for the course the following semester

attention.jpgYou need to pay to take this examination and to sign up yourself (external examination with no connection to the Cdl)

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