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PRES0003 Academic Listening (Pre-sessional Course A)

Module Overview

This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of Pre-sessional Course A in which you study Academic Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. You also attend Independent Learning workshops to further develop critical thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at the University. The listening module is taught in conjunction with the speaking module as these skills often overlap; for example, knowledge of pronunciation is also an important tool for effective listening. As a result, you will be expected to practise a range of skills in the same class. The listening module follows the University of Southampton Pre-sessional Course A Speaking and Listening syllabi.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop strategies for improving your listening skills
  • better understand lectures at University.
  • better understand academic staff and classmates
  • take notes in lectures and seminar.


The listening syllabus helps you to develop strategies for improving your listening for gist and specific information, and focuses in particular, on how to listen effectively in lectures and how to take useful notes while listening. You will attend a weekly lecture in order to practise the skills taught, and to accustom you to the style of lecture used in the UK. You will also take part in a lecture follow up session where you will discuss what was covered in the weekly lecture. Areas that you will cover include:  Using an introduction to help understand the lecture better  Identifying the key points a lecturer wants to make  Distinguishing key points from examples  Identifying ways in which a lecturer signals key points  Recognising when new terminology, terms and concepts are being introduced in a lecture  Recognising ways in which information is organised in lectures  Identifying key phrases that indicate how a lecture is organised  Identifying main and subtopics in a lecture  Developing strategies to use when information in a text has not been heard/understood  Identifying phrases in a lecture that indicate connections between ideas  Understanding emphasis in lectures  Identifying digressions  Understanding connected speech  Using strategies to predict the content of a lecture

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including: full class teaching; real life and videoed lectures; individual, pair and group work in class; discussions in small groups; set tasks to be completed outside class; use of authentic lectures for exploitation; self-directed independent study and group tutorials.

Independent Study4
Total study time8

Resources & Reading list

C Fletcher (2013). Skills for Study level 3. 

C Thaine (2012). Cambridge Academic English Intermediate Student’s book: An integrated skills Course for EAP. 

C Campbell and J Smith (2009). English for Academic Study: Listening. Course book. 

UEFAP Listening.

R Lowes, H Peters and M Turner (2004). The International Students Study Guide. 

Henry Stuart Talks: The Management & Marketing Collection.

TED Talks.

S Cottrell (2008). The Study Skills Handbook. 

BBC iPlayer.

L Lansford (2014). Unlock Listening and Speaking Skills 4. 

E Kisslinger and M Rost (2009). Contemporary Topics: Academic Listening & Note taking Skills Book 2.. 

BBC Learning English: Academic Listening.

British Council Learn English: Professionals Podcasts.

A McNair and F Gooch (2013). Language for Study level 3. 

BBC Radio 4 podcasts.

S Ostrowska (2014). Unlock Listening and Speaking Skills 3. 

BBC Radio 4: The Reith Lectures.

University of Warwick.

T Lynch (2004). Study Listening. 

D Beglar and N Murray (2009). Contemporary Topics: Academic Listening & Note taking Skills Book 3. 

D Bell (2008). Passport to Academic Presentations. 

British Council Learn English: Listen and Watch.


Assessment Strategy

Informal tasks designed to provide formative feedback on:  listening skills  strategies to improve your listening skills




MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (90 minutes) 100%
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