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PRES0015 Academic Speaking (Pre-sessional LLM)

Module Overview

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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • familiarity with the features of seminar discussions and the roles and responsibilities of participants
  • Plan and structure your writing appropriately for different tasks including ‘Discuss’ and ‘Problem’ question essays
  • familiarity with delivering informal individual presentations
  • familiarity with delivering formal group presentations
  • familiarity with the pronunciation of some legal terminology
  • familiarity with the means of assessing individual pronunciation, stress, and intonation needs and with how to make improvements


Three main skill areas are taught and practised in the speaking module: pronunciation skills, presentation skills, and seminar skills. A. PRONUNCIATION The areas you will cover include work to improve: - individual sounds - pausing and chunking - sentence stress - intonation - fluency - 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.

Independent Study2
Total study time7

Resources & Reading list

D Bell (2008). Passport to Academic Presentations. 

International Debate Education Association.

M Hancock (2008). English Pronunciation in Use Intermediate. 

E Williams (2008). Presentations in English. 

UEFAP Speaking.

Ship or Sheep.

J McCormack and S Watkins (2009). English for Academic Study: Speaking. 

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

M Hewings (2010). English Pronunciation in Use Advanced. 

A Baker (2006). Ship or Sheep: An Intermediate Pronunciation Course. 

English Club.

British Council phonemic chart.

K Anderson, J Maclean and T Lynch (2004). Study Speaking. 

J Smith and A Margolis (2009). English for Academic Study: Pronunciation. 

S Cottrell (2008). The Study Skills Handbook. 

University of Warwick.

J Van Emden and L Becker (2010). Presentation Skills for Students. 

M Powell (2002). Presenting in English. 


Assessment Strategy

Informal tasks designed to provide formative feedback on:  pronunciation  oral presentations  seminar participation  speaking skills in general.


Individual Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Discussion 50%
Presentation  (15 minutes) 50%
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