Listening and writing lesson
Upper-Intermediate B2 level
To practise listening for and taking notes of key information in the context of a lecture; 2) o learn techiques for note taking;
1) to practise listening for gist; 2) to practise giving opinion in a group discussion
Procedure (45-60 minutes)
In pairs students will discuss the importance of taking notes and answer the following questions: 1) In what situations do you have to take notes?; 2) Do yo write a lot of notes or just a few key points?; 3) What do you do with the notes afterwards? Then the teacher will elicit answers from the students.
1. Teacher tells the students they are going to practise listening and taking notes through a lecture about Maria Montessori, an important figure in education. Then the teacher shows a picture of Professor Montessori and elicits from them information about her; 2. the teacher elicits techniques for taking notes, then hands out guidelines for taking effective lecture notes; 3. teacher refers students to exercise 3, pg 69 stb - notes taken by a student in a lecture about Maria Montessori's biography, to identify techniques used by the student and broaden their repertoire. The task will be done individually first to allow that all students try the task and then in pairs to build peer support. Feedback: Teacher elicits the answers from students.
The teacher tells the students they are going to listen to a recording and as they listen they should take notes using the techniques they have just looked at. The recording will be played once. If students face difficulties hearing some passages, they should skip some spaces and continue taking notes of what they can pick. When the recording ends, students will be given few minutes to read through their notes before they listen again to complete the blanks they might have left. Then they will swap their notes in order to check if they can follow their peer's notes and if either or both have left some information out.
The teacher hands out the worksheet containing three questions for the students to find the answers as they listen to the recording and tell them to read the questions before the recording is played in order to help them build an idea of what to expect from the recording. Then the teacher plays the recording once and gets the students to compare their answers afterwards before the teacher elicits them.
Students will discuss the following questions in pairs first: 1. Why do you think Maria Montessori is considered such an important figure in education? 2. Have her ideas influenced the way children are educated in your country, do you think? This must be productive as the class is made of adults students with different cultures and background. Then they will discuss in groups of four in order to share their views. Afterwards the teacher will elicit the views from the groups.