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PRES0049 Academic Speaking 25 Weeks

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The Year Round Pre-sessional Programme Academic Speaking module is part of an integrated programme designed to allow you to learn and practise the academic speaking skills you will need to succeed in your future university study. Throughout the module, you will be strongly encouraged to develop your speaking skills and confidence to deliver an effective academic presentation. You will also be taught how to engage effectively in academic discussions and how to develop critical thinking about relevant topics.

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 classroom colleagues
  • Identify ways in which to improve your pronunciation


The speaking syllabus covers three main skill areas: pronunciation skills, presentation skills and seminar discussion skills. However, the syllabus will also focus on general English language to be used outside the classroom in order to build your confidence.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including: full class teaching; lectures; workshops; individual, pair and group work in class; set tasks to be completed outside class; use of authentic reading texts for exploitation; independent learning workshops; and self-directed independent study and tutorials with your tutors.

Practical classes and workshops88
Independent Study132
Total study time220

Resources & Reading list

BBC Learning English.

Williams, E.. Presentations in English.. 

Van Emden, J. and Becker, L.. Presentation Skills for Students. 

TED Talks.

Powell, M.. Presenting in English.. 

UEFAP Speaking.

Smith, J. and Margolis, A.. English for Academic Study: Pronunciation.. 



Small Group Discussion


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Presentation  () 40%
Individual Presentation  () 25%
Seminar Participation  () 20%
Small Group Discussion  () 15%
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