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Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified)

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Approx. 27 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1 hour to complete


This is the first course in the Learn English: Advanced Speaking and Listening specialization. It is aimed at learners whose native language is not English. This course will help you improve your academic listening and speaking skills. For example, you will learn how to understand and follow a lecture, how to take better lecture notes, how to discuss courses with classmates and professors, and how to give an effective academic presentation.

2 videos (Total 2 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
2 videos
Meet the Teachers1m
1 reading
Being Respectful5m
9 hours to complete

What is Academic Listening and Why is It Important?

This week, you will begin thinking about academic listening. You will learn what makes it difficult and how you can get better at listening and note taking. You'll also learn some tips to make it easier.

4 videos (Total 11 min), 11 readings, 6 quizzes
4 videos
Listening Introduction3m
Cornell Note-Taking Lecture5m
Note Taking Demonstration1m
11 readings
Lecture Objectives5m
Note Taking Lesson1h
Lecture Objectives5m
Resources on Note Taking10m
Lecture Objectives5m
Lesson Objectives5m
Symbols and Abbreviations Lecture15m
Note Taking Symbols30m
Lecture and Note-Taking Practice 11h
Check Your Answers30m
Note-Taking Assignment 1 Instructions30m
4 practice exercises
Note-Taking Practice Quiz4m
Cornell Note-Taking Practice Quiz6m
Listening and Note-Taking Practice Quiz12m
Note-Taking 1 Graded Quiz14m
8 hours to complete

Identifying Topic and Purpose

Now, you will learn about strategies to make you a better listener. You'll learn about what things to pay the most attention to and what things might not be so important in a lecture. You'll also learn that listening well to a lecture starts before the class and continues after the class.

2 videos (Total 6 min), 7 readings, 9 quizzes
2 videos
Listening to Introductions Lecture5m
7 readings
Listening Strategies Lecture and Practice20m
Lecture and Note-Taking Practice 21h
Check Your Answers20m
Language Cues Lecture30m
Common Language Cues in Lectures Handout10m
Lecture Objectives5m
Note-Taking Assignment 2 Instructions30m
7 practice exercises
Listening Strategies Practice Quiz6m
Language Cues Practice Quiz6m
Listening and Note-Taking Practice Quiz8m
Check Your Understanding Practice Quiz6m
Listening to Introductions Practice Quiz14m
Note-Taking 2 Graded Quiz14m
Language Cues Graded Quiz12m
8 hours to complete

Identifying Main Ideas and Details

Last week, you learned about listening to the beginning of a class lecture. This week, you will learn about listening to the middle of the lecture. You'll learn about idenifying main ideas and details and how to organize them well in your notes.

4 videos (Total 19 min), 5 readings, 9 quizzes
4 videos
Main Idea Lecture3m
Identifying Important Points Lecture5m
Analyzing Charts and Graphs Lecture9m
5 readings
Lecture Objectives5m
Lecture Objectives5m
Lecture and Note-Taking Practice 31h
Check Your Answers20m
Note-Taking Assignment 3 Instructions30m
7 practice exercises
Main Idea and Details Listening Practice Quiz10m
Listening to Important Points Practice8m
Listening to Important Points Practice Quiz16m
Analyzing Charts and Graphs Practice Listening 18m
Analyzing Charts and Graphs Practice Listening 28m
Analyzing Charts and Graphs Practice Quiz8m
Note Taking 3 Graded Quiz16m
7 hours to complete

Identifying Stance and Speaker Attitude

You've been learning about how to listen and take notes about various parts of a lecture. In this final week, you'll learn about some other strategies to help you listen and take notes more effectively in lectures.

5 videos (Total 22 min), 8 readings, 7 quizzes
5 videos
Speaker's Stance Lecture5m
Handling Unfamiliar Information Lecture3m
Types of Arguments Part 1 Lecture7m
Types of Arguments Part 2 Lecture5m
8 readings
Lecture Objectives5m
Speaker's Stance Practice20m
Lecture Objectives5m
Lecture and Note-Taking Practice 430m
Check Your Answers20m
Lecture Objectives10m
Note-Taking Assignment 4 Instructions30m
Learn More5m
5 practice exercises
Speaker's Stance Practice Quiz6m
Listening for Speaker's Stance Practice Quiz6m
Arguments Practice Quiz 16m
Arguments Practice Quiz 26m
Note Taking 4 Graded Quiz16m
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By TADec 11th 2018

It is very useful and very interesting course i learned a lot of skills from this course and these skills which i learned from this course will help me in my whole life regarding my studies

By SSAug 11th 2017

This was a very informative course. It taught me a lot as a student and since I took it, I have improved a lot at school.



Tamy Chapman

Instructor, International Programs
University of California Irvine Division of Continuing Education

Dana Saito-Stehberger

Curriculum Coordinator
Instructor, International Programs

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About the Learn English: Advanced Academic Speaking and Listening Specialization

This specialization covers the listening and speaking skills that non-native English-speaking students need to be successful in English-speaking colleges and universities. Native English-speaking students who would like to increase their chances of success in university courses will also benefit as well anyone interested in improving their listening comprehension skills. You will learn how to listen to class lectures and take notes more effectively. You will also improve your speaking skills for common tasks such as class discussions and presentations. In the capstone, you will create a video presentation on an academic topic....
Learn English: Advanced Academic Speaking and Listening

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