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PRES0022 Academic Listening (Pre-sessional LTTC Taiwan-Southampton)

Module Overview

This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of the LTTC Taiwan-Southampton Pre-sessional Pathway. Part 1 is based at the Language Training and Testing Center (LTTC) at National Taiwan University and Part 2 is based at the University of Southampton. On this pathway, you study academic speaking, listening, reading and writing, and also attend independent learning workshops to further develop critical thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at the University. The academic listening module is taught in conjunction with the academic 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. You will follow the LTTC Listening and Speaking syllabus for your studies in Taiwan (part 1) and the University of Southampton Pre-sessional Course B Listening and Speaking syllabus for your time at the University of Southampton (part 2).

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

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


PART 1: LTTC TAIWAN SPEAKING SYLLABUS The listening syllabus on part one of the Pre-sessional Taiwan-Southampton Pathway (at the LTTC) focuses on listening skills that are required for study in a UK academic context, and works on familiarising you with the key skills that will be developed further on Pre-sessional Course B in Southampton. Recorded lectures, online resources and course book exercises are used to practise listening and note taking skills, and to develop strategies to enhance your ability to comprehend and integrate lecture and seminar content into your academic development. Areas that you will cover include: • Exploring general listening comprehension strategies • Evaluating your own listening ability • Understanding differences between speech (lectures/seminars) and writing (essays/publications) • Understanding the structure of lectures • Identifying and using introductions, conclusions and digressions • Developing basic note taking skills • Noting numbers and statistics • Listening for organisation • Listening for key information • Predicting lecture content and directions PART 2: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON LISTENING SYLLABUS (PRE-SESSIONAL COURSE B) 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 become accustomed to the style of lecture used in the UK. Areas that you will cover include: • Using the introduction to help understand a 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 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 lecture 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

Across both sites 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.

Resources & Reading list

TED Talks.

Henry Stuart Talks: The Management & Marketing Collection.

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

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

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

British Council Learn English: Listen and Watch.

BBC iPlayer.

Cottrell, S. (2008). The Study Skills Handbook. 

BBC Radio 4 podcasts.

UEFAP Listening.

British Council Learn English: Professionals Podcasts.

BBC Radio 4: The Reith Lectures.

University of Warwick.

General resource. Extra listening and speaking resources can be found in the Language Resources Centre (LRC) and Avenue Library – both located at Avenue Campus – as well as at the RTC and Hartley libraries in Southampton.

Lynch, T. (2004). Study Listening. 

BBC Learning English: Academic Listening.


Assessment Strategy

Note that summative assessment tasks are conducted in Southampton on Pre-sessional Course B, as the LTTC 5-week programme is preparatory only (i.e. not formally assessed). Informal tasks designed to provide formative feedback on: - listening and note-taking skills - strategies to improve your listening skills


Listening test


MethodPercentage contribution
Listening test  (1.5 hours) 50%
Listening test  (1.5 hours) 50%
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