SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Lecture Skills

The Listening Skills and Note-taking course runs for 5 weeks and aims to help students get the most from lectures. The classes will introduce strategies to deal with the problems students experience in having to combine intensive listening and writing.

Areas covered will include:
  • Functions of a lecture
  • Identifying key ideas and following arguments
  • Selecting and prioritising information
  • Paraphrasing and summarising
  • Developing abbreviations
  • Laying out notes

Scope and syllabus

 This course runs in block 1 only.


 The timetable becomes available when the block 1 application form is released.

Suggested reading

Espeseth, M. (2004) Academic Listening Encounters series , Cambridge: CUP

Lynch, T. (2004)  Study Listening: A Course in Listening to Lectures and Note Taking, Cambridge: CUP


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules