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DNA Spray in Fight Against Crime (23rd October, 2010)

America’s ABC News reports that scientists have found a new way to help police find bank robbers – a DNA spray. A company called Selectamark created the new crime-solving product. It will soon be available in stores for shop owners and banks to buy. It is a small device that sprays an invisible mist on robbers, shoplifters and other criminals. The chemicals in the spray do not wash off for many weeks. It contains a special DNA code that links it directly to the place that was robbed. The police use ultraviolet light to find the spray.

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This is a clever new weapon in the fight against crime. Criminals may now think twice before robbing a bank or shoplifting from a store. The only way they can beat this new technology is to hide for a month and take lots of showers. It’s amazing how technology is used to stop crime. Maybe in the future, there will be no crime. Or maybe most crimes will be on the Internet. Governments are spending billions of dollars to fight cyber-crime. Cyber-criminals can steal from our bank account and take our identity.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

scientists have found a new

a.

an invisible mist

2

new crime-

b.

way to help police

3.

It will soon be available

c.

to find the spray

4.

a small device that sprays

d.

in stores

5.

The chemicals in the spray

e.

solving product

6.

police use ultraviolet light

f.

do not wash off

 

Paragraph 2

1.

a clever new weapon in the fight

a.

a month

2

Criminals may now think twice

b.

against crime

3.

hide for

c.

billions of dollars

4.

most crimes will be

d.

before robbing a bank

5.

Governments are spending

e.

our bank account

6.

Cyber-criminals can steal from

f.

on the Internet


LISTENING GAP FILL

America’s ABC News reports that scientists _________________ to help police find bank robbers – a DNA spray. A company called Selectamark created _________________ product. It will soon be available in stores for shop owners and banks to buy. It is a ____________________ an invisible mist on robbers, shoplifters and other criminals. The chemicals in ____________________ off for many weeks. It ____________________ code that links it directly to the place that was robbed. The police use ultraviolet ____________________.

This is ____________________ in the fight against crime. Criminals may now ____________________ robbing a bank or shoplifting from a store. The only way they can beat this new technology ____________________ month and take lots of showers. It’s amazing how technology is ____________________. Maybe in the future, there will be no crime. Or maybe most crimes will be on the Internet. Governments ____________________ of dollars to fight cyber-crime. Cyber-criminals can steal from our bank account ____________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

America’s ABC News reports that scientists have found a new (1) ____ to help police find bank robbers – a DNA spray. A company called Selectamark created the new crime-solving (2) ____. It will soon be (3) ____ in stores for shop owners and banks to buy. It is a small device that sprays an invisible mist (4) ____ robbers, shoplifters and other criminals. The chemicals in the spray do not wash (5) ____ for many weeks. It contains a special DNA code that links it (6) ____ to the place that was robbed. The police use ultraviolet light to find the spray.

This is a (7) ____ new weapon in the fight against crime. Criminals may now think twice before (8) ____ a bank or shoplifting from a store. The only way they can (9) ____ this new technology is to hide for a month and take lots of showers. It’s amazing how technology is used to stop crime. Maybe in the future, there (10) ____ be no crime. Or maybe most crimes will be         (11) ____ the Internet. Governments are spending billions of dollars to fight cyber-crime. Cyber-criminals can steal from our bank account and take our (12) ____.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

ways

(b)

weigh

(c)

way

2.

(a)

product

(b)

produce

(c)

producer

3.

(a)

use

(b)

available

(c)

sale

4.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

to

5.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

off

6.

(a)

directly

(b)

direct

(c)

direction

7.

(a)

clever

(b)

intelligent

(c)

talented

8.

(a)

rob

(b)

robbed

(c)

robbing

9.

(a)

win

(b)

beat

(c)

lost

10.

(a)

will

(b)

won’t

(c)

will not

11.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

at

12

(a)

ID

(b)

identify

(c)

identity


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

help police find bank bobesrr

2.

the new crime-solving uoctrpd

3.

aaivlebal in stores

4.

sprays an seilnibvi mist

5.

a aclspei DNA code

6.

police use alvtloruiet light

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a clever new paneow

8.

the fight ingtsaa crime

9.

think itwce

10.

take lots of sohsrwe

11.

spending nilblsoi of dollars

12.

take our tiedtyni


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

it directly to the place that was robbed. The police use ultraviolet light to find the spray.

(    )

billions of dollars to fight cyber-crime. Cyber-criminals can steal from our bank account and take our identity.

(    )

future, there will be no crime. Or maybe most crimes will be on the Internet. Governments are spending

1  )

America’s ABC News reports that scientists have found a new way to help police find bank robbers – a DNA spray. A

(    )

month and take lots of showers. It’s amazing how technology is used to stop crime. Maybe in the

(    )

twice before robbing a bank or shoplifting from a store. The only way they can beat this new technology is to hide for a

(    )

company called Selectamark created the new crime-solving product. It will soon be available in stores for shop

(    )

owners and banks to buy. It is a small device that sprays an invisible mist on robbers, shoplifters and

(    )

other criminals. The chemicals in the spray do not wash off for many weeks. It contains a special DNA code that links

(    )

This is a clever new weapon in the fight against crime. Criminals may now think


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

a     to     found     way     police     have     new     help     Scientists.    

2.

created     crime-solving     the     product     new     Selectamark     .

3.

It     stores     in     available     be     soon     will.    

4.

sprays     A     an     small     invisible     device     mist     that.    

5.

use     the     ultraviolet     spray     light     to     Police     find.    

6.

new     the     crime     clever     in     against     A     weapon     fight.    

7.

twice     think     now     may     Criminals.    

8.

month     lots     a     take     showers     for     and     of     Hide.    

9.

will     crimes     Most     Internet     the     on     be.    

10.

criminals     from     account    -    steal     bank     Cyber     can     our.


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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WRITING

Write about crime 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. CRIME: Search the Internet and find more information about crime and cyber-crime. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about crime. Include imaginary interviews with criminals and victims. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the person who invented the DNA spray. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to beat crime. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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