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PRES0062 Academic Speaking Business (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 speaking is taught in conjunction with academic listening as these skills overlap; for example, spoken interaction requires both skills and the aim of this module is to help develop a more general communicative competence as well as the specific speaking skills required for university study. 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:

  • prepare and deliver an effective presentation
  • prepare and participate in academic discussions.
  • participate in class discussions
  • communicate confidently with your University staff and fellow students
  • identify specific ways to improve your speaking skills


PART 1: LTTC (TAIWAN) The speaking syllabus on part one of the Pre-sessional Taiwan-Southampton Pathway (at the LTTC) focuses on the use of spoken language in the contexts you will encounter in your university studies, such as seminar discussions, general classroom interactions and presentations. Areas that you will cover include: 1. Asking and answering questions in seminar discussions 2. Expressing and exchanging opinions in seminar discussions 3. Understanding (as a bridge to learning) the language used in oral summaries 4. Responding critically to others discursively 5. Reporting discussions (feeding back, summarising and developing) 6. Reporting and developing themes from reading 7. Using body language effectively 8. Responding to Q & A in presentations 9. Using visual aids 10.Asking for information, clarification or repetition 11. Presenting to an audience (and collaborating with others in planning and delivery) PART 2: PRE-SESSIONAL B BUSINESS (SOUTHAMPTON) The Pre-sessional B - Business Academic Speaking module will help you to develop your speaking skills in a variety of university settings. For example, you will develop your ability to speak in formal academic settings such as presentations, and more informal settings such as seminars and tutorials. Areas that you will cover include: A. PRONUNCIATION 1. individual sounds 2. pausing and chunking 3. sentence stress 4. intonation 5. fluency 6. word stress B. PRESENTATION 1. selecting presentation content 2. structuring a presentation 3. opening and closing a presentation 4. organising the body of a presentation 5. using signposting language 6. dealing with questions preparing and using visual aids and notecards engaging audience through body language C. SEMINAR INTERACTION 1. researching and preparing for seminars 2. referring to your research in seminars 3. active participation 4. exchanging opinions / agreeing and disagreeing 5. explaining and supporting your points 6. asking for and giving clarification 7. interrupting politely 8. making suggestions 9. summarising a discussion and reporting back 10. leading/chairing a discussion

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. 

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

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

Lynch, T.  (2004). Study Listening. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Group presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Group work  (20 minutes) 50%
Individual Presentation  (8 minutes) 50%
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