This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of Pre-sessional LLM Programme in which you study
academic speaking, academic listening, academic reading and academic writing. The speaking module is
taught in conjunction with the listening 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.
This unit is intended to give you a basic understanding of how to participate in Law seminars and how to plan
and deliver individual and group presentations. The unit will provide practice in seminar and presentation
discourse, with video feedback on delivery.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Plan and structure your writing appropriately for different tasks including ‘Discuss’ and ‘Problem’ question essays
- familiarity with delivering informal individual presentations
- familiarity with the means of assessing individual pronunciation, stress, and intonation needs and with how to make improvements
- familiarity with the features of seminar discussions and the roles and responsibilities of participants
- familiarity with delivering formal group presentations
- familiarity with the pronunciation of some legal terminology
Three main skill areas are taught and practised in the speaking module: pronunciation skills, presentation
skills, and seminar skills.
The areas you will cover include work to improve:
- individual sounds
- pausing and chunking
- sentence stress
- word stress.
B. PRESENTATION SKILLS
The areas you will cover include how to:
- select presentation content
- structure a presentation
- open and close a presentation
- organise the body of a presentation
- use signposting language
- deal with questions
- prepare and use visual aids and notecards
- engage audience through body language.
C. SEMINAR SKILLS:
The areas you will cover include how to:
- research and prepare for a seminar
- refer to your research in the seminar
- listen and participate actively
- exchange opinions
- agree and disagree
- explain and support your points
- ask for and give clarification
- show your understanding of others’ points
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including: full class teaching; seminar
discussions; individual and group presentations; individual, pair and group work in class; set tasks to be
completed outside class; self-directed independent study and tutorials.
Teaching methods include:
Taught sessions, seminars, presentations, 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, preparing presentations and discussions in small groups and tutorials.
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Resources & Reading list
S Cottrell (2008). The Study Skills Handbook. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
C Campbell and J Smith (2009). English for Academic Study: Listening. Reading: University of Reading.
J McCormack and S Watkins (2009). English for Academic Study: Speaking. Reading: University of Reading.
E Williams (2008). Presentations in English. Oxford: Macmillan.
M Hancock (2008). English Pronunciation in Use Intermediate. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
K Anderson, J Maclean and T Lynch (2004). Study Speaking. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
M Hewings (2010). English Pronunciation in Use Advanced. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
M Powell (2002). Presenting in English. London: Thomson Heinle.
A Baker (2006). Ship or Sheep: An Intermediate Pronunciation Course. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
J Van Emden and L Becker (2010). Presentation Skills for Students. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
D Bell (2008). Passport to Academic Presentations. Reading: Garnet Education.
J Smith and A Margolis (2009). English for Academic Study: Pronunciation. Reading: University of Reading.
Informal tasks designed to provide formative feedback on:
speaking skills in general.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Presentation
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.