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.