Oral Listening
Note-Taking and Discussion
Tue. 1st. Period Stephen Hofstee
Keywords:
Academic English, Culture, Discussion, Listening, Vocabulary, Note-taking

This course is a combination listening and communication course suitable for students with a TOEFL PBT score of up to 459, or for students who have successfully completed the Gateway English course.

Students will be exposed to a lot listening and will be given advice about how to improve listening habits, take notes effectively and retain more from lectures. In each class, students will listen to various stimulating lecture topics, and interact in pairs or small groups to discuss the content and issues related to the lectures. At the end of the course, students should have the ability to understand, evaluate and recall information heard in short lectures.

All homework and the tests for this course will be done through Moodle, so students will require access to a computer and the internat. On occasion, students will be required to bring a computer to class.

In addition to regular participation both in class and on-line, students must complete all assignments (and complete them in a timely manner) to pass the course.

Students must pay attention to this university’s attendance regulations in this class.


This course will focus on helping learners to improve listening comprehension and developing and practicing techniques for better note-taking.  Main objectives include:

  • listening for and identifying main points in a listening text
  • improving and practicing note-taking
  • increasing vocabulary
  • developing communication skills in English


Attendance and Participation: 25%
Homework: 50%
Tests: 25%


1

Course Overview, Class Rules, and Moodle Enrollment

2

Introductory Listening, Note-taking, and Discussion Task

3

LINGUISTICS – A Time to Learn

4

PUBLIC HEALTH – Sleep

5

ART HISTORY – Modern Art

6

ENGINEERING – Robots

7

MEDIA STUDIES – Interactive Games

8

Mid-Semester Test

9

BIOLOGY – Genetically Modified Food

10

BUSINESS – Design Thinking

11

HISTORY – Shackleton

12

PHILOSOPHY – Ethics

13

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – Big Data

14

End-of-Semester Test

15


This course offers, not only a chance to work on your listening skills, but it also gives ample opportunity for you to practice your speaking skills while discussion some interesting topics. These topics are interesting and varied so I am sure you will find it interesting. The course does require a bit of work outside the classroom, but all-in-all, quite a rewarding course.