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PRES0055 Listening (Pre-sessional Programme for Foundation Year Students)

Module Overview

This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of the Pre-sessional Programme for Foundation Year Students in which you study the four English language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The aim of the module is to consolidate and improve your writing to skills to enable you to be a successful student on your foundation programme at the University of Southampton. The listening module is taught in conjunction with the speaking module as these skills often overlap; for example, in any conversation whether in an everyday or academic context you will have to listen to other speakers in order to respond with an appropriate answer. As a result, you will be expected to practise more than one skill in the same class. The module follows the University of the Southampton Pre-sessional Programme for Foundation Year Students Listening and Speaking syllabus.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop strategies for improving your listening skills
  • Better understand spoken English in the university classroom and everyday situations
  • Recognise features of speech which will aid your understanding of spoken English.
  • Better understand a variety of types of spoken English and accents.


The listening syllabus helps you to develop strategies for improving your listening for gist and specific information. Areas that you will cover include: • Listening in a variety of situations Listening for overall understanding • Identifying the key points a speaker is making • Distinguishing key points from examples and anecdotes • understanding idiomatic language . Learning new vocabulary heard in spoken English • Developing strategies to use when spoken information in has not been understood • Understanding connected speech

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods including: whole-class teaching; individual, pair and group work in class; set tasks to be completed outside class; use of recordings for practice and preparation for classes. You will have weekly tutorials with a tutor to discuss your progress.

Practical classes and workshops4.5
Independent Study3
Total study time7.5


Assessment Strategy

You will be required to submit a minimum of three written assignments during the programme. The word length for each assignment will not exceed 500 words and the tasks set will vary. They might include essays, reflective writing about a recent experience or a general magazine article. The highest mark you receive for one of these pieces of written work will be recorded as the final mark for this module.




MethodPercentage contribution
Listening  (1 hours) 100%
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