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Robots to Guard Korea Prison (27th November, 2011)

A prison in South Korea will soon have robots as guards. The robo-guards will be on night duty at a prison in the city of Pohang from March. Officials say this is part of a test to see if the robots can do the same job as humans. The guards have sensors on them to spot any strange behaviour among the prisoners. Prison leaders hope the robots will help human guards focus more on helping inmates instead of watching them. The robot warders have so far cost one billion won ($850,000) to develop. Prisons around the world are waiting to see if the robo-guards are a success.

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The prison guard robots will be 150 centimeters high, and weigh 70 kilograms. They have four wheels and several cameras to monitor movement around them. They also have special equipment to communicate with human guards in the control centre. Scientists are now working on making them look friendlier. They are yellow and white and have smiling faces. South Korea hopes to be a world leader in robotics. It has already designed robots to teach English in schools and companies are working on robots for the home.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

robo-guards will be

a.

of a test

2

this is part

b.

see

3.

do the same

c.

on helping inmates

4.

the robots will help

d.

job as humans

5.

focus more

e.

on night duty

6.

waiting to

f.

human guards

 

Paragraph 2

1.

150 centimeters

a.

movement

2

cameras to monitor

b.

friendlier

3.

special equipment to communicate

c.

high

4.

in the control

d.

the home

5.

making them look

e.

centre

6.

robots for

f.

with human guards


LISTENING GAP FILL

A prison in South Korea ________________ robots as guards. The robo-guards will be ________________ at a prison in the city of Pohang from March. Officials say this is part of a test to see if the robots can do the same ________________. The guards have sensors on them ________________ strange behaviour among the prisoners. Prison leaders hope the robots will help human guards focus more on helping inmates instead of watching them. The robot warders ________________ cost one billion won ($850,000) to develop. Prisons around the world are ________________ if the robo-guards are a success.

The prison guard robots will be 150 centimeters high, and weigh 70 kilograms. They have four wheels ________________ to monitor movement around them. They also have ________________ to communicate with human guards in the control centre. Scientists are now __________________ them look friendlier. They are yellow and white and ________________. South Korea hopes to be a world leader in robotics. It has already designed ________________ English in schools and companies ________________ robots for the home.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A prison in South Korea will (1) ____ have robots as guards. The robo-guards will be on night (2) ____ at a prison in the city of Pohang from March. Officials say this is part of a test to see if the robots can (3) ____ the same job as humans. The guards have sensors on them to spot any strange behaviour (4) ____ the prisoners. Prison leaders hope the robots will help human guards focus more on helping inmates instead (5) ____ watching them. The robot warders have so far cost one billion won ($850,000) to develop. Prisons around the world are waiting to see (6) ____ the robo-guards are a success.

The prison guard robots will be 150 centimeters high, and (7) ____ 70 kilograms. They have four wheels and several cameras to monitor movement (8) ____ them. They also have special equipment to communicate (9) ____ human guards in the control centre. Scientists are now working on making them look (10) ____. They are yellow and white and have smiling faces. South Korea hopes to be a world leader (11) ____ robotics. It has already designed robots to teach English in schools and companies are (12) ____ on robots for the home.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

after

(b)

lately

(c)

soon

2.

(a)

duty

(b)

time

(c)

owl

3.

(a)

be

(b)

do

(c)

see

4.

(a)

among

(b)

along

(c)

lonely

5.

(a)

if

(b)

of

(c)

for

6.

(a)

then

(b)

if

(c)

so

7.

(a)

weight

(b)

heavy

(c)

weigh

8.

(a)

exact

(b)

around

(c)

inside

9.

(a)

with

(b)

of

(c)

but

10.

(a)

friends

(b)

friendship

(c)

friendlier

11.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

as

12

(a)

worked

(b)

works

(c)

working


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

have robots as drusga

2.

fOfsacili say…

3.

tgsnare behaviour

4.

focus more on gplhine inmates

5.

prisons odrnau the world

6.

see if the robo-guards are a ssescuc

 

Paragraph 2

7.

iehgw 70 kilograms

8.

nimroot movement around them

9.

in the nltcroo centre

10.

making them look eifrlernid

11.

be a world adrlee

12.

rowingk on robots for the home


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

equipment to communicate with human guards in the control centre. Scientists are now working on making

(    )

wheels and several cameras to monitor movement around them. They also have special

(    )

faces. South Korea hopes to be a world leader in robotics. It has already designed

(    )

duty at a prison in the city of Pohang from March. Officials say this is part of a test to see

(    )

robots to teach English in schools and companies are working on robots for the home.

(    )

them look friendlier. They are yellow and white and have smiling

(    )

behaviour among the prisoners. Prison leaders hope the robots will help human guards focus more on

(    )

The prison guard robots will be 150 centimeters high, and weigh 70 kilograms. They have four

(    )

cost one billion won ($850,000) to develop. Prisons around the world are waiting to see if the robo-guards are a success.

(    )

if the robots can do the same job as humans. The guards have sensors on them to spot any strange

1  )

A prison in South Korea will soon have robots as guards. The robo-guards will be on night

(    )

helping inmates instead of watching them. The robot warders have so far


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

The     guards     on     -     be     duty     robo     will     night.    

2.

of     say     a     this     test     is     part     Officials.    

3.

sensors     them     The     have     on     guards.    

4.

warders    have    so    far    cost    one    billion    won     The     robot.    

5.

are     the     guards     success     if     -     a     See     robo.    

6.

and     wheels     four     have     They     cameras     several.    

7.

to     with     guards     Equipment     communicate     human.    

8.

on     look     making     Working     friendlier     them.    

9.

a     in     Korea     be     leader     to     world     robotics     hopes.    

10.

robots     It     to     has     teach     already     English     designed.    


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.

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6.

________________________________________________________


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. ROBOTS: 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. Include an imaginary interview with a robot. 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 a robots expert. Ask him/her three questions about robots. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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