SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Listening and Note-taking Skills

The Listening Skills and Note-taking course runs for 4 weeks and aims to help students get the most from lectures, with some work done also on listening in seminar situations. The classes will introduce strategies to deal with the problems students experience in having to combine intensive listening and note-taking. The course will be delivered online in term 1 of 2020. There will be a mixture of asynchronous self-study (for 1-2 hours per week approximately) and one hour synchronous live sessions using Collaborate on BLE.

Areas covered may include:
  • Functions of a lecture
  • Identifying key ideas and following arguments
  • Selecting and prioritising information- signposting language
  • Key words and new vocabulary
  • Note-taking techniques-developing abbreviations, acronyms, signs and symbols
  • Laying out notes- linear and other styles
  • Paraphrasing and summarising
  • Listening to accents and connected speech
  • Listening to group discussion

Scope and syllabus

 This course runs in block 1 only.


The timetable becomes available when the block 1 application form is released around the end of September.

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