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About This Course

This 20-week course aims to introduce and build the English listening skills needed to pass academic-style exams, such as TOEFL and IELTS as well be successful in future study in higher education.

Each study week introduces a skill aimed at developing a student’s active listening skills. These are then practised in exercises using thought-provoking, academically-relevant listening passages that prepare the student for topics found in further education and in formal examinations.

Along the way, there are three, course tests to check the student’s progress.

We believe, that by learning some simple techniques, the student will become more confident in their listening skills, more able to follow and comprehend the flow of a lecture and more active in responding to the demands of academic exam passages and questions.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

• Listen for gist, specific information, numbers, reasons and new information

• Take notes

• Use criteria to evaluate something

• Understand a situation to follow a discussion

• Understand your learning style

• Make predictions and decide on main points

• Review and make summaries.


Ideally, to take this course should be at a Pre-Intermediate (CEFR A2) level of English.

Course Staff

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Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson is an Anglo-Australian teacher with over 18 years experience in eduaction in Australia and Thailand at secondary, undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has a first degree from the University of Manchester, a Diploma in Education (TESOL/English) from the University of Western Australia and a Master's Degree in Education (TESOL) from Edith Cowan University in Perth. Since 2009, he has worked as an IELTS examiner with the British Council in Bangkok and Phnom Penh.

William Zabel

William M. Zabel has both American and British teaching qualifications. Presently, he designs and implements English language courses for all levels of undergraduate students and teacher training programs at Asian University. He has produced and taught English language courses for major corporations in Japan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. He has also taught courses in phonology, communication skills and business correspondence at two major universities in Thailand. He served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer for three years in rural Thailand where he worked as an ESL instructor and where he learned to speak and read Thai. Outside of work his passions are Southeast Asian literature, sailing and trekking.

Dara Quinn

With a background as a computer network technician and database analyst programmer, Darragh changed careers ten years ago and followed his call to the vocation of teaching. Re-locating from his native Ireland to the sunnier climes of Thailand, ten years of teaching students from Mattayom 1 to Adult Learners has taught him that teaching is a privilege.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to buy a textbook?

None required, though a good dictionary may be useful.

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  2. Classes Start

    Aug 03, 2015