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PRES0045 Academic Listening 25 Weeks

Module Overview

Please refer to the Year Round Pre-sessional Programme Specification for further details of the programme. This module is non-credit bearing. It forms part of the Year Round Pre-sessional Programme in which you also study Academic Reading, Academic Writing, Academic Speaking and Independent Learning (IL). In IL you will further develop critical thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at the University. The Academic Listening module focuses on non-subject specific academic English as well as general English language development.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop strategies for improving your listening skills both within and outside the classroom
  • Better understand lectures at University
  • Better understand academic staff and classroom colleagues
  • Take effective notes in lectures and seminars


The listening syllabus helps you to develop strategies for improving your listening for gist and for specific information, and focuses in particular on how to listen effectively in lectures and how to take useful notes while listening. You will attend guest lectures in order to practise the skills taught in class, and to accustom you to the style of lectures in the UK.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including: full class teaching, individual, pair and group work in class, discussions in small groups, tasks to be completed outside the class, use of authentic listening texts for exploitation, self-directed independent study and tutorials.

Practical classes and workshops88
Independent Study132
Total study time220

Resources & Reading list

UEFAP Listening.

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

Beglar, D. and Murray, N. AND Kisslinger, E. and Rost, M.. Contemporary Topics: Academic Listening & Note taking Skills. 

British Council Learn English: Professionals Podcasts.

BBC Radio 4: The Reith Lectures.

EAP Toolkit.

Lynch, T.. Study Listening.. 

TED Talks.





MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 40%
Exam 60%
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