Seminar Skills

Key information

Year of study
4 weeks
Foundation College

Module overview

The Seminar Skills course runs for 4 weeks initially and aims to improve students' oral communication in an academic setting. As well as raising students' awareness of what is expected of them in seminars and tutorials, the course will also offer guidance and practise in giving presentations. Courses will be delivered online in 2020-21. There will be approximately 2 hours of asynchronous online self-study and 1 hour of live synchronous study on Collaborate. The final class will include live presentations.

Areas covered


  • Functions of a discussion
  • Using stress timed rhythm
  • Intonation and word stress
  • Introducing and responding to ideas and opinions
  • Supporting arguments
  • Planning and organising presentations
  • Speaking with or without notes
  • Academic style and register for speaking

Scope and syllabus

The course is suitable for any student who wants to build confidence and fluency in their speaking in seminar or presentation situations.  Though some help will be given with micro skills such as pronunciation and rhythm, the main emphasis is on building confidence and fluency.


The timetable becomes available when the application form for the courses becomes live at different times throughout the year. Please keep an eye out for when the application form goes live before each new block.

Suggested reading

Furneaux and Rignall (1997), Speaking English for Academic Study Series, London: Prentice-Hall

Important notice

The information on the website reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. The modules are indicative options of the content students can expect and are/have been previously taught as part of these programmes. However, this information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.