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PRES0057 Speaking (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 speaking skills to enable you to be a successful student on your foundation programme at the University of Southampton. The Speaking Module is taught in conjunction with the Listening Module as these skills often overlap; for example you will take part in discussion activities which involve listening to the other speakers as well as speaking yourself and you will also have to discuss the content of recordings you have listened to in class or as preparation for 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 speaking skills you will need to succeed in your future Foundation Year programme. Throughout the module, you will be strongly encouraged to practice writing skills so that you write with confidence and accuracy and able to produce written work at the standards required in your foundation year studies.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Prepare for participation in class discussions, other class speaking activities and to give informal presentations .
  • Communicate confidently with University staff, fellow students and speakers of English you are in contact with during your studies in the UK.
  • Identify ways in which to improve your pronunciation and vocabulary


The Listening and Speaking syllabus helps you develop strategies for improving your academic speaking skills, and focuses in particular, on how to develop your speaking skills during in class, everyday situations, group work, class discussions and presentations. Three main skill areas are taught and practised in the speaking module: pronunciation skills, presentation skills, and discussion skills. Topics you will cover will include: A. PRONUNCIATION The areas you will cover include work to improve: • individual sounds • pausing and chunking • sentence stress • intonation • fluency • word stress B. DISCUSSSION AND PRESENTATION SKILLS The areas you will cover include how to: • 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 • understand and use spoken idioms • select presentation content • organise a presentation • prepare and use visual aids • engage audience through the use of body language.

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 authentic recordings. You will have weekly tutorials with your class tutor to discuss your progress and will learn how to use the University libraries, including electronic resources.

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 5000 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
Small Group Discussion  ( minutes) 50%
Tutorial questions  ( minutes) 50%
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