Women in science

This lesson helps raise awareness of some of the reasons why women are relatively poorly represented in science.

Rachael Roberts

The lesson begins by challenging some stereotypes and asking students to consider why there aren’t more women in science. They then read a text which provides some possible reasons, and discuss how these relate to their own opinions.

The lesson then focuses on reference words, and how they link a text together, before a final speaking tasks about different jobs and gender.


  • To raise awareness of the relative lack of women in science, and encourage students to consider why this might be so.
  • To develop the skill of identifying the main ideas in a semi academic text.
  • To help students understand how reference words are used to link the ideas of a text together.


Older teenagers and adults


CEF level B2 and above


45 minutes + 15 minutes for extension activity


The lesson plan and student worksheets can be downloaded as PDFs below.


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