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Most of the subjects that are taught in face-to-face mode at university involve lectures, where you have a lecturer presenting an overview, outline or discussion of a topic to students. A lecturer may also ask questions of the audience or discuss topics during the lecture. More commonly, though, this happens in a tutorial.

Some subjects use teleteaching, where lectures are beamed to different campuses for students to view. Lectures can also be digitised for students to access on a computer.

Many lecturers will tell you that the chief function of the lecture is to stimulate learning. Generally, a lecture will give you an outline of an aspect of a topic. Even if you are getting a broad outline, remember it is only one (well-informed) person's view.

During lectures, you will be exposed to specialised ways of using spoken language to explore a subject. Learning about this form of communication will be valuable not only for when you are expected to give a presentation, but also for when you have to write about a topic.

Function of a Lecture

Lectures are especially useful for the transfer of information. Lecturers also rate lectures as important for the following reasons:

  1. To make students think critically about the subject
  2. To demonstrate the way professionals reason (i.e., think critically) about the subject
  3. To make students enthusiastic about the subject
  4. To give the most important factual information about the subject
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