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Online course

Listening and Presenting: Learning English for Academic Purposes

Improve your listening and note-taking skills, plus your understanding of academic vocabulary, then create your own presentation.

Listening and Presenting: Learning English for Academic Purposes

Find out how to listen and present effectively in English.

Being able to listen to others and present your own ideas effectively will help you to succeed at university. This online course helps you to develop these skills while studying in English. It shows you effective strategies for listening and note taking, to help you identify and record the key points in other people’s presentations. As part of this, you will improve your understanding of key academic language and specialist vocabulary.

You will bring everything you learn together, to create and practice delivering your own spoken presentation and receive detailed Educator feedback.

What topics will you cover?

  • Key listening skills and strategies for academic purposes.
  • Vocabulary learning strategies to expand your academic vocabulary.
  • How to make effective notes.
  • How to identify and analyse a lecture’s structure.
  • What makes a good presentation.
  • How to be confident in presenting to others.
  • Skills for connecting with your target audience.
  • Differentiating between fact and opinion.
  • Find and evaluate information for your purposes.
  • Plan and create your own presentation.
  • Get detailed feedback from an Educator on your presentation.

When would you like to start?

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Develop key strategies and skills while listening to lectures.
  • Improve your understanding of key academic language and specialist vocabulary.
  • Compare note-making systems and choose the appropriate one for your purposes.
  • Identify and analyse a lecture's structure.
  • Describe and differentiate between fact and opinion in academic presentations.
  • Assess the key elements of a good presentation.
  • Investigate vocabulary building strategies and develop your dictionary skills.
  • Improve your confidence when presenting to other people.
  • Evaluate the reliability of academic sources.
  • Collect together a range of sources to use in your own presentation.
  • Collaborate with other learners by engaging in peer-to-peer feedback.
  • Demonstrate everything you've learned by planning, creating and delivering your own presentation as your assignment.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for students who want to study in English at university. We recommend an existing English language level of IELTS 5.5.

Who will you learn with?

Charlotte Mason

I began my English teaching career in China 14 years ago. On my return to the UK I completed my MA TESOL and have since then specialised in teaching EAP as well as writing course materials.

Anna Calvi

OU associate lecturer and materials writer. I have written materials on business communication, Academic English and Italian.

Who developed the course?

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

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Why join this course?

Unlimited access

Join and get unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn.

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  • Progress through the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any time
  • Stop and start as much as you like

A Certificate of Achievement

Join and receive a digital and printed Certificate of Achievement, and transcript, when you complete your course.

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  • Demonstrate continued learning when applying to jobs or university courses
  • Review what you’ve learnt with a transcript detailing the course and your grades
  • Ensure your CV or Linkedin profile stands out

Is a Certificate of Achievement valuable?
Yes! Research from Parthenon and EY shows that 50% of employers consider short courses a differentiating factor when deciding between candidates with similar qualifications. Having a certificate to prove that you’ve completed a short course could help you stand out.