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Listening and writing. Taking notes.
Upper-Intermediate B2 level


In this lesson students will have the opportunity to listen about Maria Montessori and her teaching methods. They will work on their listening skills in the context of Maria Montessori biography and also they will learn different techniques of taking notes.


Abc WB, projector
Abc Module 6, p. 69, New Cutting Edge (Upper -Intermediate, Course Book)
Abc Picture, Module 6, p. 69, New Cutting Edge (Upper -Intermediate, Course Book)
Abc Module 6, p. 48,49, New Cutting Edge (Upper -Intermediate, Work Book)
Abc HO
Abc Audio -recording T6.5 - (New Cutting Edge Upper-Intermediate Coursre Book)

Main Aims

  • To develop students skills of listening in the context of Maria Montessori teaching methods.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Writing and how to use the different techniques of taking notes.


Stage 1 (Warm up) (2-5 minutes) • Engage Ss to the lesson.

-tell Ss to prepare pens or pencils and piece of paper (or if they don't have you can give them) and say them that they can write some information about that text. Read fast the text short text about writing effectively. -ask them some questions: What did you write? Do you have some information about the text? -ask the CCQ question which can give them a clue of tthe lesson topic. for example: How we are calling a piece of paper with our writing?

Stage 2 (Lead-in) (2-8 minutes) • To set lesson context.

-Introduce the topic by asking Ss if taking notes is important and if they are good at it. Explain that they are going to think about and then practise different techniques for taking notes. -put Ss into small groups to answer the guestions ex.1 p.69 and then elicit few ideas from the class. -later on show Ss picture of Maria Montessori and ask them Do they know this person? -Give them a copy of the classbook page and tell Ss to read the caption under the picture and elicit any additional information they know. Question: Taking notes is important for you? Are you good at it? In what situations do you have to take notes? Do you write a lot of notes or just a few key points? What do you do with your notes afterwards? What do you know about Maria Montessori? This name is familiar to you?

Stage 3 (Pre-Listening 1) (3-8 minutes) • To focus on some detailed information from the text and prepare them to listen task.

-ex. 3a, put Ss into pairs and do the example (bullet point) together with class, checking the students mark the appropriate place in the notes, (pre-teaching is not necessary), encourage students to quess if necessary. -check answers as a whole class and elicit the meaning of the symbols and abbreviations. -demonstrate "underlining" and "highlighting" (if possible) on the board.

Stage 4 (Pre-Listening 2) (3-8 minutes) • Help the Ss prepare to listen task with the aid of exercises.

-ex. 13a,b, p.48 work book, They will work in pairs or in small groups (it depend of the number of Ss), they should find an abbreviation in the box for each of the words and phrases and then complete the sentences with an abbrev. -the FB we will do on the white board, one member of the group will write correct answers, we can compare their asnwers and we can choose the winning team. -Extra-Ss will look at the board and they will be familliar with some tips how to take notes like phone messages.

Stage 5 (While Listening) (3-8 minutes) • To get general understanding of the text by practice the different techniques of taking notes.

-Ss will listen to audio recording T6.5 abourt Maria Montessori, and they should make notes of their own. -It is not necessary for the SS to understand everything and you will play it one more time. -tell Ss to check their notes if they're clear and then tell them to swap with a partner. Ask them questions: Can you decide where the notes are good? Where they could be improved? Can you follow each other's notes? Did either of you miss anything?

Stage (Post-Listening) (3-8 minutes) • To utilize the knowledge gained from listening.

-Ss will discuss in small groups about questions from ex. 5 p. 69 -ask them to use their notes to answer the questions. -elicit a few ideas from the class. Questions: Why do you think Maria Montessori is considered such an important figure in education? Have her ideas infuenced the way children are educated in your country, do you think?

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