The Academic Listening and Note-taking course develops students’ abilities in these two essential academic skills, while at the same time ensuring that listening is not a passive activity.  Students improve their understanding of academic discourse in a variety of contexts, including lectures and less formal situations. They are exposed to a variety of dialects of English and levels of formality. They refine their note-taking skills and then use these notes as the basis for questions, responses and requests for clarification. In addition, their notes will be useful for revision and for developing essays, presentations and debates. Mere noting of facts will not be the primary goal; rather, students will use their notes in responses and to develop their own critical thinking.