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LANG450 – Level 4 (Academic) Listening

Module code
Module title
Level 4 (Academic) Listening
This module aims to develop listening skills to meet academic needs of students at a CEFR mid B2 level. They will be able to understand standard spoken language on most concrete, abstract, familiar and unfamiliar topics normally encountered in an academic context.
  • EL1504
NZQA Level
Level 4
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate understanding of a spoken text and process information in English for academic purposes.
Identify gist, detail, purposes and key ideas and distinguish between fact and opinion in extended discussions on familiar academic topics.
Extract and reproduce key information from announcements, media broadcasts, presentation and/or lectures including abstract and concrete topics encountered in academic life.
Phonological features
-intonation, pitch and/or stress can affect meaning
-feelings, moods, attitudes, important points and opinions expressed through stress, pitch and intonation.

-ideas, arguments and descriptions expressed through complex sentence forms
-some lower frequency vocabulary and expressions relating to everyday life and current events.

-degrees of formality used by speakers in different types of utterances in everyday and less familiar situations.

-main ideas in longer but clearly structured announcements, conversations and discussions on familiar and unfamiliar concrete and abstract topics.

-points of detail from longer but clearly structured texts on familiar and unfamiliar topics and on both concrete and abstract topics.


A list of grammar and language functions can be found in the Overview of Content for the Writing module.

A list of possible topics is included in the syllabus document and can be found at
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Key approaches to instruction include selection of authentic and semi-authentic language models; clear contextualisation and effective presentation of new language; varied interaction - individual, pair, group, whole-class activities including:
-task-based activities
-project-based learning
-enquiry-based learning
-integration of language skills
-focus on accuracy and fluency
-effective treatment of errors
-valid and reliable assessment
-integration of current technologies
-flipped classroom
-workplace integration
-cultural competence
-soft skills
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple assessment tasks, not tests alone. To pass this module, students must attempt and pass all assessment tasks.

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