English for Academic Purposes

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Academic Listening



Days and Times and Dates: 4 weeks of 2 hours per week

Term 1:

Week commencing 11 November 2013 – week ending 6 December 2013

Wednesday 15:00-17:00

Term 2:

Week commencing 24 February 2014 – week ending 21 March 2014

Wednesday 15:00-17:00

Course fee (Academic Listening only):

UCL: £125 Other: £150

Combined course fee (Academic Reading and Listening):

UCL: £220 Other: £270


A short course for participants who lack confidence in listening efficiently to spoken English in a university context. This course is not suitable for students with an advanced level of English. There is a maximum of 12 participants per class.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to assist participants whose main language is not English in developing more effective listening skills for the demands of an academic course.

Taught Content

This course will cover strategies for improving listening and communication skills (e.g. clarifying for greater confidence in understanding) and specific techniques for following lectures and effective note-taking. Classes will also raise awareness of key segmental and supra-segmental features to ensure accurate interpretation of the sounds of natural, fast speech. 

A variety of texts will be used in class and suggested for homework in order to provide practice in a range of stimulating academic contexts. Follow-up practice outside the class will help to build the necessary 'stamina' for extended listening (e.g. for lectures, long seminars). Participants may be asked to make some written or oral responses to their homework listening (note-taking, reporting back on a lecture).

Techniques and strategies will be taught using a variety of methods, and participants will be expected to work in pairs and small groups (role play) as well as individually.

Course Outline

The texts used in class will depend to some extent on the members of the group and their interests, as determined by an initial needs analysis, but listening skills and strategies are likely to be selected from the following:

• Understanding lectures (e.g. structure, core content, supporting examples)

• Preparing lecture notes and reporting back to the class

• Coping with extended listening (e.g. strategies for sustained concentration)

• Listening in group contexts (examples of overlapping speakers, turn-taking, clarifying)

• Identifying and interpreting English sounds (phonology, sounds and spelling) accurately

• Coping with different accents - native (e.g. standard British English) and non-native

• Using listening to reinforce knowledge of grammar and vocabulary

• Self-study tips and resources

Resources in the Self-Access Centre

A range of self-study materials to develop and practise academic listening skills are available in the Self-Access Centre.


You will be asked to listen to recommended or self-selected texts for homework and to produce notes and/or a short report for the class. Problems identified from this practice will be analysed during group feedback in class.


In order to benefit fully from the course, we strongly recommend 100% attendance. If you have to miss a class, please inform the tutor beforehand. This can be done either by email or by leaving a message at the CLIE Reception.

Course feedback / Staff-Student Consultative Exercise

Students on all part-time English courses have the opportunity to give feedback on their course to senior staff at CLIE.

Academic support

If you have any questions about your course, please speak with your tutor. Alternatively, you may contact the Course Co-ordinator, Mrs Daphne Thomas, in Room 115, 26 Bedford Way. Email: daphne.thomas@ucl.ac.uk

Administrative support

For any administrative queries, please contact the EAP Office, Room 121, 26 Bedford Way.

Email: pteap@ucl.ac.uk Tel: 0207 679 8665

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