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PRES0013 Academic Listening (Pre-sessional LLM)

Module Overview

This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of the Pre-sessional LLM Programme in which you study academic speaking, academic listening, academic reading and academic writing. You also attend independent learning workshops to further develop critical thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at the University. This module is intended to help you to strengthen their ability in listening and note-taking through the development of effective skills and strategies. The main focus of the module is on preparing you to cope confidently in lecture and seminar situations. You will be able to apply skills developed in class by attending weekly guest lectures on a variety of relevant Law topics. The module also provides support for the Academic Speaking module.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use effective strategies for overall listening comprehension
  • use knowledge of vocabulary to interpret meaning in context
  • take effective notes during lectures and seminars, using a range of standard abbreviations and symbols
  • summarise notes in oral or written form, demonstrating an understanding of main and supporting detail


The listening syllabus helps you to develop strategies for improving your listening, and focuses in particular, on how to listen effectively in lectures and how to take appropriate and 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. Areas that you will cover include:  Using an introduction to help understand the law lecture better  Identifying the key points a law lecturer wants to make  Distinguishing key points from examples  Identifying ways in which a law lecturer signals key points  Recognising when new terminology, terms and concepts are being introduced in a law lecture  Recognising ways in which information is organised in law lectures  Identifying key phrases that indicate how a law lecture is organised  Identifying main and subtopics in a law lecture  Developing strategies to use when information in a text has not been heard/understood  Identifying phrases in a law lecture that indicate connections between ideas  Understanding emphasis in law lectures  Identifying digressions  Understanding connected speech  Using strategies to predict the content of a law 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 tutorials. Teaching methods include: Taught sessions, seminars, law lectures, film club, case reading sessions and workshop individual support through your academic advisor and listening and speaking tutor. Learning activities include: Individual study, group and pair work, and discussions in small groups and tutorials.

Independent Study2
Total study time7

Resources & Reading list

S Cottrell (2008). The Study Skills Handbook. 

British Council Learn English: Listen and Watch.

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

UEFAP Listening.

BBC iPlayer.

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

University of Warwick.

BBC Radio 4 podcasts.

TED Talks.

BBC Radio 4: The Reith Lectures.

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

T Lynch (2004). Study Listening. 

BBC Learning English: Academic Listening.

BBC Law in Action.

British Council Learn English: Professionals Podcasts.


Assessment Strategy

Informal tasks designed to provide formative feedback on:  listening and note-taking skills  strategies to improve your listening skills.




MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 50%
Examination  (90 minutes) 50%
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