Type of courses


info.gifCentre de langues courses are only for members of the UNIL community   
(other categories allowed)

attention.jpgLearning a language requires a considerable investment in time and effort, both inside and outside the classroom. Before registering for a module, make sure that you have sufficient time to do the work required. Remember that if you are placed in a group, you are expected to attend the module on a regular basis and to follow it from start to finish.

Specific skills

The “Specific Skills” modules develop specific competences in language and communication, to enable learners to participate more effectively in academic, professional or social situations.

Integrated skills

The objectives of the “integrated skills” modules are to enable participants :

  • to begin to learn a new language
  • to develop existing skills and make them more specific

These modules are largely based on communication. They aim to develop skills which will enable learners to use the language for various reasons in a variety of contexts. These modules also aim to develop cultural and intercultural aspects as well as the ability to learn independently.

Integrated skills, exam option

Modules preparing students for external international exams (Cambridge English, Goethe, etc.) help students pass exams for academic mobility and future professional objectives.

They focus on listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Intensive courses (intersemesters)

Intensive courses allow you to improve your general communication skills in a short period of time. A wide range of stimulating activities will help you to improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. These include discussions, listening exercises, role-plays, games, watching videos and reflecting on your learning.

Independent learning – Guided autonomy

Guided independent learning with a tutor allows you to pursue your language learning without joining a class and by studying autonomously. This module allows you to focus on your specific needs. You will be working both in the Multimedia Centre and at home.  A language teacher will give you regular guidance and advice.

The PlurieL platform in the Multimedia Centre offers all the information, learning material and support you need: it will allow you to locate activities and organise your study.

Independent learning – no registration required

To allow you to learn a language without joining a module, the Language Centre encourages you to use our PlurieL learning platform and benefit from resources specially designed for autonomous language study. If places are available you may also use the resources of our multimedia room (1060 Anthropole).

The way the Multimedia Centre and our platform are organised will allow you to locate activities corresponding to your level and needs, and provide you with information and tools to help you manage your learning.

Someone will always be on hand to help you understand how the Multimedia Centre works and show you how to access material.

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