Introduction to Academic Spoken Communication and Pronunciation (English language admissions requirement)

Course overview

This course aims to develop the student’s ability to understand academic speech as used in a variety of academic contexts, and to participate actively in seminars and tutorials.  

Students perform a variety of spoken tasks designed to improve their use of English throughout their academic life at Oxford. These activities may include simulations of seminar discussions and tutorials, role plays and problem-solving tasks. Students practise aspects of pronunciation that are common in academic discourse, including the use of voice tone, pausing and stress. Moreover, a focus throughout on academic literacy skills and self-learning will continue to positively impact students following the course.  

Students are helped to identify their strengths and weaknesses and receive regular feedback on their performance to monitor progress.  

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to: 

  • Better perform spoken functions that are common in academic discourse, such as describing a discipline, and presenting a clear case with evidence 
  • Interact better with fellow academics, having practised asking for clarification, polite disagreement, returning to a topic after interruption, and other conversation techniques 
  • Improve listening comprehension through the use of various media   
  • Use study skills effectively to continue to grow the accuracy and fluency of their spoken language 
  • Improve their pronunciation through classroom input and self-study, while working towards the goal of comfortable intelligibility 
  • A certificate of attendance is available upon request if you have attended at least 80% of the course

Course structure

  • Taught in weeks 2-8 of term
  • Classes per week: 1
  • Length of class: 2 hours
  • Total hours of tuition per term: 14


Course fees

There are no course fees charged to students


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