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Undergraduate Course: Academic Listening and Speaking (LLLG07148)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits0 ECTS Credits0
SummaryThis course forms part of the Post-Graduate Pre-Sessional English Programme for Semester 1 and is taken in conjunction with 'Academic Reading and Writing' and 'Study Skills and Reflection'. PGPEP offers you a unique opportunity to acquire the academic language and skills you will need to successfully transition to your chosen postgraduate degree programme.

Academic Listening and Speaking involves your active participation in realistic spoken academic tasks, helping you to understand key information, and to take effective notes, as well as to engage in group discussion and deliver a successful presentation.

The course will be organised by topic, based around the provided coursebook reflecting the wide range of disciplines offered by the University.
Course description You will listen to a variety of spoken academic genres, such as lectures, presentations, podcasts, debates and interviews, and use listening strategies to understand main points, smaller details, and speaker attitudes. While listening, you will also learn to take selective, clear and accurate notes and use them for retelling and discussion.

You will have considerable academic speaking practice with your peers in small groups and with the whole class. Your contribution to group discussion, and class debates will help you develop the confidence, skills and academic language you will need for your future studies.

You will also gain practice in preparing and delivering clear and coherent presentations in small groups and to the whole class

To support your listening and speaking practice and to accelerate your development, you will receive regular feedback on your speaking both from your class teacher and your peers.

In addition, Academic Listening and Speaking will provide a focus on a range of features of spoken academic discourse, and academic skills and strategies. These may include the following:

*patterns of organisation in academic speaking
*the signalling of relationships between ideas
*the marking of speaker stance and attitude
*academic vocabulary and grammar
*being intelligible to a mixed-nationality audience
*critical thinking
*brainstorming, planning, revising, and reflecting
*making inferences while listening
*dealing with communication breakdowns

In the class, you will discuss and practice these areas of focus.

You will attend interactive classes involving active discussion and collaborative tasks. On some days, you will have small-group or individual tutorials to reflect on and discuss your learning with your teacher.

You will also be given regular homework tasks, including listening to recordings and making notes, researching and preparing for presentations and discussions and receive regular formative feedback on your performance from both your peers and your teachers.

In order to make progress, you will need to engage fully and actively in all the learning activities, including completing homework tasks, reflecting on and responding to feedback, and doing additional independent study, seeking advice from your teacher when necessary.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is formatively assessed by means of continual assessment. Students will give short presentations and take part in discussions and debates. These will follow the book, with discussions in some weeks, debates and presentations in others. In terms of assessment, students will be assessed on the discrete skills being practiced each week (also given in the book), building up their listening and speaking holistically over the term.

There is no summative assessment of the Semester 1 Programme.
Feedback Students receive regular formative feedback / feed-forward on preparation and performance.

Students will use a template to help them reflect on their performance regarding these assessments and have the opportunity for development.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Use a range of listening strategies to understand key spoken information
  2. Take clear and accurate notes on key points while listening
  3. Contribute effectively and with increased confidence in group discussions
  4. Deliver a clear and coherent spoken presentation to a group of students
Reading List
All the materials used for delivery of the course are provided and included in the course fee, including course textbook:

Dimond-Bayir, S., Russell, K. and Sowton, C. 2018. Unlock Level 3 Listening, Speaking & Critical Thinking. 2nd Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills There is an explicit focus on the University's Graduate Attributes throughout the PGPEP Programme, encouraging the development of autonomy, criticality and reflexivity:

Enquiry and lifelong learning
Aspiration and personal development
Outlook and engagement
Research and enquiry
Personal and intellectual autonomy
Personal effectiveness
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Thomas Pritchard
Tel: (0131 6)51 1189
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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