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Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, Unit Catalogue 2007/08

EU10693 Formal academic spoken English

Credits: 3
Level: Certificate
Semester: 1
Assessment: CW 100%
Aims: The aim of this unit is to help students integrate into the academic environment and to raise the level of their degree work.
Learning Outcomes:
Having completed this unit students will be better able to:
* Listen at length
* Identify the main ideas in a lecture
* Make useful notes from a lecture
* Summarise a lecture
* Prepare, plan and deliver an oral presentation
* Evaluate a presentation
* Invite questions and create thinking time for the answer
* Ask a lecturer or presenter questions
* Identify weaknesses in their pronunciation, and understand how to rectify them.
Having completed this unit students will be better able to:
* Engage an audience
* Adopt appropriate body language when giving a presentation
* Use technical visual aids when giving a presentation
* Understand the principles of time management when giving a presentation
* Cope with nerves, equipment failure etc. when giving a presentation.
Listening to lectures:
* Purpose
* Prediction
* Listening for main ideas/relevant information
* Note-taking/reconstitution of notes
* Summarising/using the summary to explain
* Listening at length
* Listening problems
Presentation skills:
* Preparation
* Planning and structuring the talk
* The stages of a talk
* Visual aids
* Delivery (including intonation, body language etc)
* Dealing with questions and answers
* Trouble-shooting
* Intonation
* Chunking
* Stress
* linking.