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PRES0060 Academic Listening (LTTC + Southampton Business Pathway)

Module Overview

This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of the LTTC Taiwan + Southampton Pre-sessional Business Pathway. Part 1 is based at the Language Training and Testing Center (LTTC) at National Taiwan University and Part 2 is based at the University of Southampton. In Part 2, Pre-sessional B (Business), you also attend Independent Learning workshops to develop the critical thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at university in the UK. Academic listening is taught in conjunction with academic speaking as these skills often overlap; for example, spoken interaction requires both skills and the aim of this module is to help develop a more general communicative competence. This means that the separate Academic Listening and Speaking modules will appear on your timetable as a combined ‘Listening and Speaking’ teaching session. In Part 1 you will follow the LTTC Listening and Speaking syllabus. In Part 2, you will follow the University of Southampton Pre-sessional B (Business) Listening and Speaking syllabus and there are summative assessments for this module.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop strategies for improving your listening skills
  • better understand lectures at university
  • better understand academic staff and classmates
  • take notes in lectures and seminars


The listening syllabus on part one of the Pre-sessional Taiwan-Southampton Business Pathway (at the LTTC) focuses on listening skills that are required for study in a UK academic context, and works on familiarising you with the key skills that will be developed further on Pre-sessional B (Business) in Southampton. Recorded lectures, online resources and course book exercises are used to practise listening and notetaking skills, and to develop strategies to enhance your ability to comprehend and integrate lecture and seminar content into your academic development. PART 1: LTTC (TAIWAN) 1. Exploring general listening comprehension strategies 2. Evaluating your own listening ability 3. Understanding differences between speech (lectures/seminars) and writing (essays/publications) 4. Understanding the structure of lectures 5. Identifying and using introductions, conclusions and digressions 6. Developing basic note taking skills 7. Noting numbers and statistics 8. Listening for organisation 9. Listening for key information 10. Predicting lecture content and directions PART 2: PRE-SESSIONAL B BUSINESS (SOUTHAMPTON) 1. Identifying the key points in a lecture (main and sup-topics) 2. Distinguishing key points from examples 3. Identifying ways in which a lecturer signals key points 4. Recognising when new terminology, terms and concepts are being introduced in a lecture 5. Identifying key phrases that indicate how a lecture is organised (structure of a lecture) 6. Developing strategies to use when spoken information not been heard/understood 7. Identifying phrases that indicate connections between ideas 8. Understanding emphasis in spoken communication 9. Identifying digression in academic speaking 10. Developing ability to understanding connected speech in English

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; set tasks to be completed outside class; use of authentic texts; Independent Learning workshops; self-directed independent study and tutorials.

Independent Study30
Total study time54

Resources & Reading list

Bell, D. (2008). Passport to Academic Presentation. 

Cottrell, S.  (2008). The Study Skills Handbook. 

Beglar, B. and Murray, N. (2009). Contemporary Topics: Academic Listening & Note taking Skills Book 3. 

Kisslinger, E. and Rost, M.  (2009). Contemporary Topics: Academic Listening & Note taking Skills Book 2. 

Lynch, T. (2004). Study Listening. 

Fletcher, C.  (2013). Skills for Study level 3. 

Lowes, R., Peters, H. and Turner, M.  (2004). The International Students Study Guide. 

Ostrowska, S.  (2014). Unlock Listening and Speaking Skills 3. 

Lansford, L.  (2014). Unlock Listening and Speaking Skills 4. 

Campbell, C. and Smith, J.  (2009). English for Academic Study: Listening. Course book. 

Thaine, C.  (2012). Cambridge Academic English Intermediate Student’s book: An integrated skills Course for EAP.. 

McNair, M. and Gooch, F.  (2013). Language for Study level 3. 



Listening test


MethodPercentage contribution
Listening test  (90 minutes) 100%
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