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PRES0024 Academic Speaking (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 speaking module is taught in conjunction with the academic 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. 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 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:

  • prepare and deliver an effective presentation
  • prepare and participate in seminar discussions
  • participate in class discussions
  • communicate confidently with your University staff and fellow students
  • identify ways in which to improve your pronunciation


PART 1: LTTC TAIWAN SPEAKING SYLLABUS The speaking syllabus on part one of the Pre-sessional Taiwan-Southampton Pathway (at the LTTC) focuses on the use of spoken language in the contexts you will encounter in your university studies, such as seminar discussions, general classroom interactions and presentations. Areas that you will cover include: • Asking and answering questions in seminar discussions • Expressing and exchanging opinions in seminar discussions • Understanding (as a bridge to learning) the language used in oral summaries • Responding critically to others discursively • Reporting discussions (feeding back, summarising and developing) • Reporting and developing themes from reading • Using body language effectively • Responding to Q & A in presentations • Using visual aids • Asking for information, clarification or repetition • Presenting to an audience (and collaborating with others in planning and delivery) PART 2: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON SPEAKING SYLLABUS (PRE-SESSIONAL COURSE B) 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 • interrupt politely • make suggestions • summarise a discussion and report back • lead/chair a discussion

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; and self-directed independent study and group tutorials.

Resources & Reading list

Bell, D. (2008). Passport to Academic Presentations. 

British Council phonemic chart.

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

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

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 Richard Taunton College and Hartley libraries in Southampton.

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

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

BBC Learning English.

English Club.


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: • pronunciation • oral presentations • seminar participation • speaking skills in general.


Individual Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Class participation 10%
Individual Presentation  (10 minutes) 45%
Seminar  (20 minutes) 45%
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