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About the Course

This course will help non-native English speakers improve their listening and note-taking skills for the purpose of listening to academic lectures. You will learn techniques for improving your understanding and skills for taking more effective notes, and you will get lots of practice in using these. If you're planning to attend college classes in English, then this class is for you. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Understand and follow a lecture 2. Take better lecture notes 3. Discuss courses with classmates and professors 4. Give an effective academic presentation Please note that the free version of this class gives you access to all of the instructional videos and handouts. The peer feedback and quizzes are only available in the paid version....

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Sep 22, 2021

I would like to say thank you to the teachers who taught me and help me to complete this course. Now I know that note-taking is not too difficult and my listening skiill is better.

Thank you.


Dec 10, 2018

It is very useful and very interesting course i learned a lot of skills from this course and these skills which i learned from this course will help me in my whole life regarding my studies

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By Suzana ~

Jan 24, 2023

First, I doubt any gains from this course. But, I decided to give it a try. Note-taking is an important skill to me as an interpreter. We don't write notes. We use universal symbols. Furthermore, we create our own just to ease our flow of listening and interpreting simultaneously. Dictating a speech or a lecture means you are not focusing on what is being said. The more you write, the more you get lost, the more your dictation is useless, the more you are wasting your time, the more you are doubling your efforts, the worst the result would be. In this course, especially in peer reviewing assignments' sections, I discovered how hard it is for some students to take notes skillfully. I have assessed only one assignment Excellent for one reason: writing down the main point of the lecture that helped me really focus more while I was listening to the lecture to make sure the notes are corresponding to the lecture. This helped me to keep following the speaker and be sure when to focus more on the main point of each part of the lecture and thus take it for granted that what follows are some supporting details. The idea of writing the summary saves your life. It satisfies you from going back to the lecture. you write your notes in abbreviated forms, drawings or shapes but the summary has a sufficient idea of what is the lecture about. Thanks.

By Cp J

Jun 25, 2022

I am really very glad to have successfully completed Academic Listening & Note Taking Course by UCI. Initially, I was apprehensive about whether I would be able to complete the course or not. But UCI has designed the course in such a way that if one is willing with full sincerity & dedication, he or she will definitely complete it. Feel very proud to have achieved this milestone. Now I am sure that I will be able to complete the remaining three courses also successfully. I am grateful to UCI/Coursera for extending financial aid to complete this course. With kind regards

By Nguyen N T

Jul 21, 2022

The course is unique, the content is quite detailed and easy to learn. Stable video quality. Various exercises and tests. it was a bit difficult. The biggest regret for me is probably at the week 4 test. The link to the week 4 quiz has a lot of interesting content, but it had some lectures can not accessced. highly recommended to gather students or staff when you want to take short, concise notes during a long study session or meeting

By orlando s r

May 20, 2021

estoy agradecido a coursera y la universidad de ivin en el sur de california. por tan magnificas formas de enseñanza para las comunidades hispanas y a nivel internacional por sacar adelante alas personas que tenemos ese impectud de salir adelante y que no tenemos los recursos economicos para surgir cada dia mas. muchas gracias solo tengo palabras de agradecimientos.

By Alice L

Jun 12, 2017

What I got is more than I expect. The most wonderful issue is I forced to listen/watch the subject I didn't familiar. That gave me a great chance to know something I never touched before. And I found interesting. Even it was difficult, when I listened again and again, somehow I could figure out something. I felt happy.

By Hoang Y N

Apr 12, 2021

I'm so surprised because, after this course, my listening was better and change every day! Yesterday, when I join a class at school, I understand what the teacher talking about and I'm very happy about it. The lecture, the quiz of this course is very helpful and they really know what is the difficulty of students.

By Ái V L

Mar 12, 2021

It's great course to practice Listening skill, I feel like I can listen better because practicing and some benefit tips. But a small advise, you should know a bit about English academic before studying. If you are beginner and just start to study, it would be harder to understand.

By Zara K

Feb 10, 2023

1. A good opportunity to not only learn but enhance English Language Skills with the help of this course.

2. lessons can be used by Lecturers to formulate their lecture strategies

3. Keep you motivated

4. A good way to judge you won skills with the help of these courses

By Fahd A

Sep 6, 2017

This course provided me with what I needed and that was to write fast enough in English when listening academic materials... and some other skills like knowing what to write and what's not... but my main goal was to write faster and I achieved it thanks to this

By Dr:Mahmoud E M

Feb 22, 2021

This the First course in English that i think it help me to improve my skills and experience and self-confidence. After taking it , i have more wishes to improve more more my skills, i think i can do it. Very nice courses, I'm so excited for finishing it.


Jul 27, 2020

Cordial Saludo, Me gusta mucho su forma de enseñar , pero voy abandonar el curso debido a que mi nivel de Ingles no me deja realizarlo, muchas gracias por la oportunidad, voy a buscar otro curso que este a mi nivel. gracias


Jan 17, 2022

This is an excellent course. It gave me the opportunity to improve my listening practice, it got my daily routine and now I can listening too much much, using the techniques to any kind of lecture or video! Thank you!

By sepideh k

Dec 10, 2020

I really appreciate for providing the proper situation for improving skills specially for non-native English language learners. the content is really well planned. I definitely recommend it to my friends.

By TMU m

Apr 12, 2021

The course is so beneficial to students since it provides different techniques to help ESL students overcome the language barrier. I highly recommend this course to graduate and undergraduate students.

By paula m

Apr 26, 2021

Excelente curso, los principios y valores de Coursera se ven reflejados, independientemente de que fuera La Universidad de California quien lo dictara. Muchas gracias por la oportunidad de aprender

By Hong M N

Sep 23, 2021

I would like to say thank you to the teachers who taught me and help me to complete this course. Now I know that note-taking is not too difficult and my listening skiill is better.

Thank you.

By Alejandra

May 15, 2020

I think this course helps to be in contact with a great variety of topics which really helps in acquisition of new vocabulary that belongs to a number of different areas.

By Jayeon Y

Oct 2, 2016

This course helped me a lot! Very useful and meaningful! Every week assignment made me a little bit busy and crazy, but those were also meaningful works for me!

By Aline P

Oct 22, 2018

The course is very complete and provides valuable techniques on note-taking, it really helped me to improve my strategies when watching lectures and courses.

By Sylvia S

Jun 26, 2018

I like this course, and I think it helped me a lot. I have learned efficient ways to do academic listening and note-taking. Thanks a lot.

By María A A G

Jul 17, 2020

Very useful course! It gives you lots of strategies to study and lectures on differentes areas. It is not not just for learning english.

By Hansi k

Jan 5, 2022

I haven't taken this course yet, I'm sure it is good but I would like to unenroll as it is not what I am looking for at the moment.

By Yin M A

Jul 26, 2020

It's very fun to learn and so effective.By taking this course,I make my good use of time.I'll join other courses and keep learning.

By Mariela P

Nov 25, 2020

It's a great course. I learned to take effective notes and understand how do it better. The course is clearly and productive!

By Bilcag A

Jun 21, 2020

A highly effective course for non-native English speakers. You can improve both your English and academic note-taking skills.