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Unit information: Academic Listening and Speaking in 2021/22

Unit name Academic Listening and Speaking
Unit code LANG10007
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Ms. Katherine High
Open unit status Not open




School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is an optional 10-credit unit offered as part of the Learning, English and Academic Development provision for current students. It is designed for students who have met the University’s minimum English language entry requirements and wish to develop their competence in listening and speaking in English for academic purposes at C1 / C2 level.

In terms of listening, students will develop abilities that enable them to operate more effectively in a number of settings, including seminars, lectures and tutorials. This will include strategies for managing problems with information overload, with interaction among many participants, and with high stakes discussions.

In terms of speaking, students will develop a better understanding of interaction between speakers, including the use of functional language, intonation, pausing and tone. Students will also learn how to better structure and deliver their ideas when giving presentations.

There is a focus on the requirements and expectations of study in UK higher education, both in terms of gathering information and responding to it, interacting with others and shaping discussions.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Use a variety of strategies to better manage the demands of different academic listening contexts and tasks

2. Interact in academic contexts on complex topics, building on the contributions of others and justifying personal contributions with appropriate evidence

3. Manage the knowledge acquired through listening so as to contribute effectively to future study

4. Summarise and synthesise knowledge from a variety of sources into an original text that demonstrates critical thinking

5. Engage an international audience and manage their attention in a variety of academic contexts through a variety of vocal and physical techniques

Teaching Information

Combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions based on Blackboard VLE involving practical task-based work.

Assessment Information

Summative assessments:

Recording of a contribution to a seminar (50%), [ILOS 1,2,3]

Mini-presentation using appropriate software on subject specific topic for a general audience, (50%), [ILOs 3,4,5]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.