Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Academic Speaking in English

UM LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DEPARTMENT Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology

DESCRIPTION The study-unit aims to develop the spoken English language skills and related non-verbal skills of students who need to deliver presentations in English in an academic context. In particular, it is intended to equip students with the verbal and non-verbal skills necessary for successful participation in seminars and academic discussions in which spoken English is the primary mode of communication. The skills studied enable students to function equally well as presenters and as active members of audiences. In the role of presenter students are required to successfully research, construct and deliver presentations making effective use of a variety of support materials. Training in the proficient use of such skills involves both individual and group work together with self and other evaluation. Prior to the delivery of their final assessed presentations all students are given the opportunity to carry out evaluated practice presentations and to participate fully in evaluated seminar exercises.

General references

- Anderson, K., Maclean, J. & Lynch, T. (2004). Study speaking: A course in spoken English for academic purposes (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Argyle, M. (1988). Bodily communication (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.
- Jones, D. (2006). Cambridge English pronouncing dictionary (17th ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Roach, P. (2009). English phonetics and phonology: A practical course (4th ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Sprague, J., Stuart, D., & Bodary, D. (2008). The speaker’s handbook (9th ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth.
- Van Emden, J., & Becker, L. (2010). Presentation skills for students (2nd ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Design Foundation Studies

- Greusel, D. (2002). Architect's essentials of presentation skills. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
- Morton, J. (2006). The integration of images into architecture presentations: A semiotic analysis. Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 5(1), 21-37.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Students wishing to take this study unit as an Optional or Elective, should fill in the form provided here.

Visiting students for whom English is not a first language should be aware that the course assumes a proficiency in English that enables them to handle academic texts and their discussion in English. This would roughly be in the range of 6 IELTS (for TOFL equivalent see Students who feel their proficiency might not yet have reached a sufficiently high level are advised not to take the course since they may not be able to follow it with profit.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Presentation See note below Yes 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.

LECTURER/S Paul A. Falzon
Luke Galea


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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2022/3. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.