Social and Professional Interaction in English in Online Settings: Communicating at Conferences and Events (during intersemesters)

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

Would you like to feel more confident when interacting in English in social and professional situations? Establish and maintain an academic and professional network in an international environment, for developing your career and establishing contacts? This module is for you!


Greeting and introductions, talking about research (networking) via e-mail and in person, virtual communication.

Learning outcomes

  • Approach others, introduce yourself, ask questions and end conversations, even in awkward situations
  • Initiate interactions, maintain contacts, craft appropriate questions, send thank you notes, turn down invitations
  • Vary speaking tone and pace, listen actively, acknowledge and take turns with speaking partners, use chats, speak to webcams


An online, interactive workshop. Participants use and discuss key strategies individually and in small groups. The focus is on interacting at conferences and professional events, with a focus on the virtually mediated aspects of such situations.

Practical information

Pre-registration period only for intersemester courses Dates
Dates Winter intersemester
Summer intersemester
10 and 11 January 2022
13 and 14 June 2022
Duration 2 half days 4 periods/day (9:00-12:30)
Required level From B1/B2 Level descriptor
Language Center 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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