Course:Academic English Support Program/Effective Learning through Lectures/Overview

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The Academic Listening and Note-taking module will help you increase your ability to understand a lecture in English so that you can

  • predict the content of the lecture
  • recognize the organization
  • evaluate the information given
  • identify and state the main ideas and distinguish them from details
  • prepare an abstract of no more than 250 words based on the notes you have taken
  • apply your notes to your studies and assignments.

This module will cover the following topics:

  1. Note-taking in a lecture class
  2. Synthesizing material from a lecture


After successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • identify the main points of a lecture in English not only through content but through an awareness of different types of diction, structuring, and media used by the lecturer
  • take effective notes that will enable you to write
    • a short summative abstract of the lecture
    • a short descriptive abstract of the lecture
  • describe how the speaker uses evidence to support his or her points
  • comment on the quality of the support for the argument

Please note the approximate time you need is given at the end of each section. You may choose to complete only those sections most relevant to your needs.