English support course

English level requirements : B1, B2, C1

CEFR level description : click here


Course outline

The course covers a variety of subject matters, focusing on a theme-based approach in order to improve vocabulary and ease. The course aims to hone various skills, such as understanding speech, reading and understanding more complex documents, using discourse analysis and writing structured texts.

You will learn to debate, discuss and explain a variety of subjects, both orally and in written form, focusing on the vocabulary and sentence structures needed to feel more and more comfortable in an academic setting and otherwise.


Learning outcomes B1

  • Reading: students can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language as well as the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.
  • Listening: students can understand the main point of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Spoken interaction: students can deal with most everyday situations and enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Spoken production: students can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans and connect phrases to describe experience and events.
  • Writing: students can write simple connected texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest and write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.


Learning outcomes B2

  • Reading: students can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writer adopts particular attitudes or viewpoints.
  • Listening: students can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided that the topic is reasonably familiar.
  • Spoken interaction: students can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible.
  • Spoken production: students can present clear, detailed description on a wide range of subjects related to their field of interest.
  • Writing: students can write an essay or report passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view.


Learning outcomes C1

  • Reading: students can understand long factual texts and specialized articles even when they do not relate to their field
  • Listening: students can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly.
  • Spoken interaction: students can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Spoken production: students can present clear, detailed description of complex subjects, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.
  • Writing: students can express themselves in clear, well- structured texts, expressing points of view at some length and write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report.



All material will be supplied during classes and available on Moodle. Various websites, news sources and documents will be used in the class.



Modalité : contrôle continu.

Le contrôle continu s'effectue sur la base des travaux écrits et oraux réalisés pendant le semestre.

Attestation d'assiduité (sans mention de crédits ECTS) : 80% de présence ainsi qu'une participation active au cours sont requis.

Attestation de réussite (avec mention de crédits ECTS) : obtention d'une moyenne globale de 4 points sur 6, selon le mode d’évaluation prévu par le cours.

En cas d'échec, seule une attestation d'assiduité sans mention de crédits ECTS sera délivrée.


Crédits ECTS

L’estimation de la charge de travail pour ce cours correspond à 3 crédits ECTS pour un semestre et à 6 crédits ECTS pour deux semestres.

N.B. La reconnaissance de ces crédits relève du domaine de chaque Faculté (étudiant-e-s UNIGE) ou de l’Université d’origine (étudiant-e-s d’échange).



Semestre d'automne : 7 octobre - 13 décembre 2019

Semestre de printemps : 2 mars - 15 mai 2020



Niveau B1: Mercredi 18h15-19h45 

Niveau B2: Mardi 18h15-19h45 ou Jeudi 12h15-13h45

Niveau C1: Mercredi 18h15-19h45 ou Vendredi 12h15-13h45



Semestre (20 heures) : CHF 260.-

Année académique (40 heures) : CHF 480.-

Une place gratuite par groupe et par semestre pour des boursiers de la Confédération Suisse.