AWEJ Volume.4 Number.1, 2013                                                                       pp. 139 – 149

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Lecture Note Taking Driving License: An Effective Programme for Arab University Students

Alaa Al-Musalli
ELTquest: CLIL Teacher-Training



This paper aims to draw teachers’ attention to the need to revisit the theories behind the practices of teaching Note Taking (NT) in lectures to Arab university students. It attempts to present an effective approach to teaching note taking that mimics the concept behind the European/International Computer Driving License which provides complete training and a literacy qualification to ensure the successful use of information and communication technology in the workplace. The Lecture Note Taking Driving License is an intensive programme based on a collection of pedagogical advice from the literature concerning proper measures in teaching note taking in lectures. It provides students with the tools they need to take notes within two weeks after joining their universities. The programme has been developed for and tested on Omani students at Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate on Oman; it may well fit other Arab learners when instruction in a target language is provided to new university students.

Keywords: Taking Notes in Lectures, Teaching Note Taking, Effective Teaching, Lecture Note Taking for Arab University Students, New Approach to Teaching Study Skills.


Alaa Al-Musalli holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Wales, Bangor, UK. She
taught in the English Department at Qatar University and in the Language Center at Sultan
Qaboos University in Oman and is currently a freelance CLIL teacher-trainer in Holland. Her
areas of specialization are psycholinguistics and testing, and her research expertise is in listening
and note-taking skills.