Academic Listening and Note-Taking

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This course Academic Listening and Note-Taking will help non-native English speakers improve their listening and note-taking skills for the purpose of listening to academic lectures.

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About this Course

Here Academic Listening and Note-Taking 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:

  • Understand and follow a lecture
  • Take better lecture notes
  • Discuss courses with classmates and professors
  • Give an effective academic presentation

Skills You Will Gain

  • English Language
  • Lecture
  • Note Taking
  • Speech


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
8 hours to complete

Academic Listening and Note-Taking: 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

9 hours to complete

Academic Listening and Note-Taking: 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

8 hours to complete

Academic Listening and Note-Taking: 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

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