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Note Taking
Upper Intermediate level


In the lesson, Ss learnt how to take notes in the context of a listening text on Maria Montessori. They will get a chance to see different note taking techniques and also get a chance to practice note taking, with an emphasis on listening. There will be an exercise on abbreviations as a controlled practice before the listening. Post listening will include group discussions on the listening text.


Abc Answer key
Abc Answer key
Abc Workbook Exercise
Abc Exercise 4
Abc Exercise 3
Abc Exercise 2
Abc Exercise 1

Main Aims

  • To provide practice listening for gist by taking notes on a listening text about Maria Montessori

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide writing practice by taking notes using different techniques


Warm up (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T will ask Ss questions and take notes on the WB with their answers using bullet points. Try to elicit that you are taking notes. Ask Ss if taking notes are important and if they are good at it. Briefly explain that in the lesson they will think about different techniques for note taking and practice them. Ss will be put into small groups to answer some questions regarding note taking, explaining the task before handing out the sheets. Feedback will be T eliciting information from Ss.

Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • Prepare Ss for main aim

T will introduce Maria Montessori using a visual and a small caption about her. The students will be told to read the caption and then asked eliciting questions for more information. The task will be explained before giving out the worksheet. FB will be eliciting by T.

Presentation (7-8 minutes) • To show students examples of note taking techniques

T will put Ss into pairs and explain that they will look at some examples of note taking techniques and try to see where they were used in notes a student made. The T will then hand out the worksheets and do the first example (bullet points) as a WC and monitor the Ss to see if they have marked the correct place on their exercise sheets. The Ss should be told to not worry too much if they don't know any of the items on the list and the T shouldn't pre-teach it. Encourage the Ss to guess if necessary. The answers will be given out via an answer sheet and checked through as a WC. T will elicit the meanings of abbreviations and symbols if needed and demonstrate some of the techniques such as underlining. FB will be the answer sheets and going through them as a class. Ss will then have a few minutes to discuss the question, after which T will elicit from them different techniques and possibly ask the Ss to demonstrate their technique. FB will be eliciting and writing Ss answers on the WB.

Controlled Practice (8-9 minutes) • To practice using abbreviations

T will pair the Ss and explain the task which is to find the abbreviations for each word and then to use the abbreviations to complete the sentences. T will then give out the sheets and monitor the Ss as they complete the task, checking if they are on the right track and helping where needed. FB will be T giving out answer sheets and checking as a WC.

Listening (10-12 minutes) • To practice listening for gist

Emphasise to Ss that the main aim of this stage is to practice the different techniques in exercise 3. Hand out the sheets after explaining and tell Ss it is not necessary to understand all of them and that they can guess if they don't know. Assure them you will play the recording twice. When Ss are done, tell them to read and alter their notes if necessary. Tell them to read their partners notes to check if they included more or less information. Ss will then have to decide where the notes are good, where they could be improved and which techniques were useful. FB will be the Ss talking about the notes.

Post-Listening (3-5 minutes) • Opportunity to react to text, develop oral fluency on topic and personalise topic

Ss will be put into groups. They should use their notes to answer the first question and then discuss the 2nd question. FB will be eliciting ideas from the class

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