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.

Learning outcomes:

Aware of the relative lack of women in science and consider why this might be so.
Able to identify the main ideas in a semi academic text.
Understand how reference words are used to link the ideas of a text together.

Age and level:

Aged 13-17 and adults at CEFR B2


50 minutes + 15 minutes for optional reading activity


The lesson plan and student worksheets can be downloaded as PDFs below. There is a presentation that can be used online or for a paper free lesson.

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