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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

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to allow you to review and consolidate the listening skills you will need to succeed in your future Foundation Year programme. Throughout the module, you will be strongly encouraged to practice listening skills in class and in your independent study by listening to recorded speech and taking part class discussions tutorials and general conversation. You should also take advantage of the fact that you are living and studying in the UK to practice listening as much as possible outside the University. This will enable you to participate fully and effectively in your foundation year studies.

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

Special Features

This writing module forms part of Pre-sessional Programme for Foundation Year Students and is taught alongside the programme’s reading, listening and speaking modules

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.

Independent Study3
Practical classes and workshops4.5
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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