Learn English: Advanced Academic Speaking and Listening Specialization

Starts Aug 21

Learn English: Advanced Academic Speaking and Listening Specialization

Speaking and Listening Skills for Academic English

Learn to speak and listen more effectively.

About This 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.

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courses
4 courses

Follow the suggested order or choose your own.

projects
Projects

Designed to help you practice and apply the skills you learn.

certificates
Certificates

Highlight your new skills on your resume or LinkedIn.

Courses
Intermediate Specialization.
Some related experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Academic Listening and Note-Taking

    Upcoming session: Aug 21 — Sep 25.
    Commitment
    4-5 hours/week for 4 weeks
    Subtitles
    English, Chinese (Simplified)

    About the Course

    This course will help non-native English speakers improve their listening and note-taking skills for the purpose of listening to academic lectures. You will learn techniques for improving your understanding and skills for taking more effective notes, and you will get lots of practice in using these. If you're planning to attend college classes in English, then this class is for you. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Understand and follow a lecture 2. Take better lecture notes 3. Discuss courses with classmates and professors 4. Give an effective academic presentation Please note that the free version of this class gives you access to all of the instructional videos and handouts. The peer feedback and quizzes are only available in the paid version.
  2. COURSE 2

    Presentations: Speaking so that People Listen

    Current session: Aug 14 — Sep 18.
    Commitment
    3-4 hours/week for 4 weeks
    Subtitles
    English, Chinese (Simplified)

    About the Course

    Do you have to give presentations in school or at your work? Is it nerve-racking? Then you've come to the right place. Everyone gets a little nervous when they think about having to stand in front of other people and speak intelligently. This course will give you helpful tips for making effective speeches and delivering them well in typical American settings. You'll learn how to organize a presentation, how to make it memorable, and how to communicate clearly. In the course, you'll have several opportunities to demonstrate the presentation skills that you learn. This will help you gain the experience you need to be more confident when you give a speech in an American classroom or on the job. Learners will record several videos of themselves giving assigned presentations and upload the videos for peer feedback. Please note that the free version of this class gives you access to all of the instructional videos and handouts. The peer feedback and quizzes are only available in the paid version.
  3. COURSE 3

    Academic Discussions in English

    Current session: Aug 14 — Sep 18.
    Commitment
    4-5 hours/week for 4 weeks
    Subtitles
    English, Albanian

    About the Course

    This is the third course in the Learn English: Advanced Speaking and Listening specialization. In this class you will learn about different types of conversations you will have in academic settings. You will also learn some strategies for helping you understand other people's meaning and for helping you express yourself effectively. Learners will record several videos of themselves participating in assigned group discussions with their own friends and upload the videos for peer feedback. While this might seem intimidating, it will be a great opportunity for you to practice and improve your discussion skills. Please note that the free version of this class gives you access to all of the instructional videos and handouts. The peer feedback and quizzes are only available in the paid version.
  4. COURSE 4

    Advanced Speaking and Listening Project

    Upcoming session: Oct 30 — Dec 18.
    Commitment
    3-4 hours/week for 6 weeks
    Subtitles
    English

    About the Capstone Project

    Learners will present a well-organized academic speech on a topic in an academic field of the learner's choice. The learner will need to recall all of the skills learned in the previous three courses and complete several steps to complete the project. The learner will choose an academic topic and will then need to do some research, interview a couple of experts in the field, create visual elements, and record a video of the presentation. The presenter will use techniques for preparing and practicing a presentation and demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal skills. Doing this will help prepare you for presentations in school or work.

Creators

  • University of California, Irvine

    Consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities, UC Irvine is noted for top-rated research and graduate programs, extensive commitment to undergraduate education, and growing number of professional schools and programs of academic and social significance.

    Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways.

  • Tamy Chapman

    Tamy Chapman

    Instructor, International Programs
  • Helen Nam

    Helen Nam

    Instructor
  • Judy Hu

    Judy Hu

    Instructor, International Programs
  • Dana Saito-Stehberger

    Dana Saito-Stehberger

    Curriculum Coordinator
  • Meg Parker

    Meg Parker

    Instructor, International Programs

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