English Listening Lesson on
 Robots

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THE LESSON ON ROBOTS

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A long time ago, robots belonged to science fiction. Children loved looking at movies with robots. Today, robots are real, and they are helping us. In the future, we will all have robots. They will vacuum the floor, wash the dishes, perhaps even drive our cars. I even think one day we’ll have robot friends. In Japan today, robot engineers are making robots to help old people and to keep them company. It’s still early days. I’d say we are another 20 to 30 years away from robots being everywhere in our lives. What will happen to us when the world is full of robots? There’ll be no jobs. McDonalds will be full of smiling robots. Maybe one day we won’t be able to tell robots and humans apart. Maybe they’ll take over the world.





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THE ACTIVITIES

LISTENING GAP FILL

A long time ago, robots ____________________ fiction. Children loved looking at movies with robots. Today, robots are real, and ____________________. In the future, we will all have robots. They will vacuum the floor, wash the dishes, ____________________ our cars. I even think one day we’ll have robot friends. In Japan today, ____________________ making robots to help old people and to ____________________. It’s still early days. I’d say we are another 20 to 30 years away from robots ____________________ in our lives. What will happen to us when the world is full of robots? There’ll be no jobs. McDonalds will be ____________________. Maybe one day we won’t be able to tell robots and humans apart. Maybe ____________________ world.




CORRECT THE SPELLING

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UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT ROBOTS SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about robots in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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WRITING

Write about robots for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about robots. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about robots. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. ROBOTS POSTER Make a poster about robots. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY ROBOTS LESSON: Make your own English lesson on robots. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

6. ONLINE SHARING: Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on robots. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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