English Language Education

Listening to Lectures and Note-taking

This course will explore ways of quickly improving lecture listening and note-taking skills.

Listening to lectures in English can be very challenging for many international students, particularly early on in their programmes. This course will explore ways of quickly improving lecture listening and note-taking skills.

Course Details

Course Content

The course will begin with an evaluation of different note-taking techniques. This will then be followed by practice in three key listening strategies:

  1. Predicting: Thinking about the possible content of the lecture before you listen
  2. Monitoring: Noticing your problems as you listen and identifying areas of uncertainty
  3. Responding: Giving your own opinion on the ideas presented by the lecturer

Each session will be based on a web video and will cover the following topics:

  • Coming to Edinburgh
  • Traffic congestion
  • Lying
  • Language development  

Teaching Methods

Classes will consist of tutor input, individual work and pair and small group discussion. All materials will be provided as weekly handouts.

Class Size

There will be a maximum of 18 students in a class.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • be more skilful at lecture note-taking
  • have a better understanding of how to follow and engage more with the content of lectures
  • have learnt skills that can be used effectively on your own programmes

Timing and Location

From week beginning 16 October 2017:

Mondays or Tuesdays 16.10-18.00 (4 weeks).

Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road.


All undergraduates and taught master’s degree students currently studying at Edinburgh University. In allocating places priority will be given to students with low TEAM listening scores.


Please complete and submit the following online form:

ELSIS Courses Registration

The application deadline is Friday 6 October 2017.