2023-2024 / LANG0914-1

English - Module 2: Listening comprehension, taking notes and lectures, Listening comprehension, taking notes and lectures


10h Th, 20h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in political sciences : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in political sciences : general (120 ECTS) (in Science, Technology et Societies (STS))5 crédits 
 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in labour sciences (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in sociology and anthropology (60 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)3 crédits 


Kevin Heyeres, Estelle Oger

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Listening activities based on texts and articles dealing with various subjects form the basis of this course. We will also work on the language functions that are essential when one has to take the floor, take notes, or ask questions during lectures, debates, interviews etc.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

As this is a C1 level course, students are expected to be able to do the following by the end of the term:

  • understand extended speeches and lectures even when they are not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signaled explicitly.
  • follow complex lines of argument provided the subject is relatively familiar.
  • take clear, structured notes based on an oral presentation.
  • summarise both orally and in writing the main ideas they heard in a listening exercise in a structured and cohesive way.
  • take the floor in order to interrupt politely, ask for addtional information or clarification.
  • report on a lecturer's speech.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The level of this course corresponds to the European levels B2/C1. Students will thus need to have good basic knowledge of English and thorough knowledge of the vocabulary and grammar studied in the bachelor's years.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The main objective of this course is to help students to improve their listening and note-taking skills. This will involve using a variety of recorded materials, including authentic interviews, recordings of classroom lectures, documentaries and other audio material. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the material through written exercises and discussions. So, the course will also offer students an opportunity to explain what they have understood to others.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course is a 2-hour class taught weekly from September to December.

Recommended or required readings

Any messages or documents relating to this course will be posted on eCampus.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

The final examination will consist of a listening comprehension exam.

It will deal with the material seen in class but students will also be required to listen to and prepare a series of audio files on their own (students of the masters in political sciences, human resources management and anthropology will be assigned additional audio files). The examination will then test the students' comprehension of these recordings, which will be made available on eCampus in the second half of November.

Students will have to prepare and take notes on the listenings file (instructions given in class and posted on e-campus). The students will have to refer to their personal notes in order to answer some of the exam questions.

Students may be assessed by any teacher in charge of the course.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Classes are starting in the week of 18th September.


Students are invited to join one of the two groups that fits into their schedule. Depending on the total number of students enrolled, it is not excluded that students will be reassigned at a later stage.


Kevin Heyeres: K.Heyeres@uliege.be
Estelle Oger: estelle.oger@uliege.be 
ISLV office in Sart Tilman: level -1 in B33 (Trifac), tel: 04 366 46 52

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