Michaelmas Term Academic Spoken Communication and Pronunciation

Course Timetable: Michaelmas Term 2023

For Learners without an Oxford University SSO, or who are not members of the University, enrolment information can be found here.

  Mode of Delivery Duration Day and time of classes Date of first class Date of final class
ENROL In person 7 weeks (MT 2-8) Monday 17:00-19:00 Monday 16 October Monday 27 November
ENROL In person 7 weeks (MT 2-8) Tuesday 15:00-17:00 Tuesday 17 October Tuesday 28 November
ENROL In person 7 weeks (MT 2-8) Wednesday 17:00-19:00 Wednesday 18 October Wednesday 29 November
ENROL Online 7 weeks (MT 2-8) Thursday 15:00-17:00 Thursday 19 October Thursday 30 November
  • Enrolment will close at 12 noon on Wednesday of Week 1 of term (11 October 2023).
  • To ensure that we have time to set you up with access to our Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas), please make sure you have enrolled and paid no later than five working days before your course starts. 

  • MT = Michaelmas Term (October - December); HT = Hilary Term (January - March); TT = Trinity Term (April-June)

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.

Enrolment Information

For Learners with an Oxford University SSO (Single Sign-On) simply click on the enrol button next to the class that you wish to join. 

For Learners without an Oxford University SSO, or who are not members of the University, once enrolment opens on 21 September, please email admin@lang.ox.ac.uk with the following details:

  • Full name
  • Email address and phone number
  • The name of the course you wish to study (including Stage and Part)
  • The start date and time of the course
  • Your connection to Oxford University, if any (to determine course fee)

We will then provisionally enrol you onto the course and send you a link to the Oxford University Online Store for payment. Once payment is received we will confirm your place on the course. Please note that we will be unable to assist you until enrolment has opened, so please do not send us your enrolment details before 21 September.


Course structure

  • Taught in weeks 2-8 of term
  • Number of online seminars per week: 1
  • Length of online seminar: 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Individual feedback and one to one tutor support is available

Intensive course structure

  • One week intensive course
  • Taught in week 9 of term (Monday - Friday)
  • Number of online seminars throughout the week: 5
  • Length of online seminars: 2-3 hours
  • Total hours of tuition over the week: 14


Course fees


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