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EL10694: Formal academic spoken English

Further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: English Language Centre
Further information on credits Credits: 3
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: 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.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

EL10694 is a Generally Available Unit which is available to all students of the University (subject to the usual constraints) to take as an 'extra' unit which does not count towards a final award.

English Language Centre
  • UXXX-AFN96 : Catalogue of English Language Centre Units ) - No specified year

  • UXXX-AFN99 : Generally available catalogue ) - No specified year

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.