The Reading / Listening - Robot Police Officer - Level 2

The world's first robot police officer started work this week. Its name is 'RoboCop'. It is part of the Dubai Police force. Robocop's first official job was to greet guests at a security conference. It also answered questions and gave directions. RoboCop has a built-in tablet for people to interact with, pay traffic fines and use other police services. The tablet is linked to a police station, so people can talk to real police officers. The 170-centimetre-tall RoboCop can speak six languages. It can also shake hands, salute people and recognize people's emotions and facial expressions.



RoboCop is the first of many robot police officers for Dubai. By 2030, 25 per cent of the Dubai Police force will be robots. By 2030, Dubai will have the first smart police station. No humans will work there. A spokesman said: "The RoboCop is the latest smart addition to the police force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels." RoboCop will also, "assist and help people in the malls or on the streets". An official at the security conference commented that: "The age of the robots is no longer coming. It has arrived."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Robot Police Officer - Level 0 Robot Police Officer - Level 1   or  Robot Police Officer - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/dubai/dubai-police-gets-first-robot-policeman
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robocop-mall-cop_us_5925d8b4e4b062f96a336c3c?8gx§ion=us_theworldpost
  • http://www.newsweek.com/robot-cop-deployed-dubai-614943


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. started work
  2. It is part of the Dubai Police
  3. Robocop's first official job was to greet
  4. at a security
  5. gave
  6. a built-in tablet for people to
  7. It can also shake
  8. facial
  1. guests
  2. directions
  3. expressions
  4. hands
  5. conference
  6. this week
  7. interact with
  8. force

Paragraph 2

  1. RoboCop is the first of
  2. 25 per cent of the Dubai Police force
  3. Dubai will have the first
  4. the latest smart addition
  5. designed to help us fight
  6. improve happiness
  7. assist and
  8. The age
  1. to the police force
  2. crime
  3. of the robots
  4. will be robots
  5. help people
  6. many
  7. smart police station
  8. levels

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world's first robot police officer (1) ___________________ week. Its name is 'RoboCop'. (2) ___________________ the Dubai Police force. Robocop's (3) ___________________ was to greet guests at a security conference. It also answered questions and gave directions. RoboCop (4) ___________________ tablet for people to interact with, pay traffic fines and use other police services. The tablet (5) ___________________ police station, so people can talk to real police officers. The 170-centimetre-tall RoboCop can speak six languages. It (6) ___________________ hands, salute people and recognize people's emotions and facial expressions.

RoboCop (7) ___________________ many robot police officers for Dubai. By 2030, (8) ___________________ the Dubai Police force will be robots. By 2030, Dubai will have the first smart police station. No humans (9) ___________________. A spokesman said: "The RoboCop is the latest smart addition to the police force and has been designed (10) ___________________ fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels." RoboCop will also, "assist and help people in the malls (11) ___________________ streets". An official at the security conference commented that: "(12) ___________________ robots is no longer coming. It has arrived."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theworld'sfirstrobotpoliceofficerstartedworkthisweek.Itsnameis'Ro
boCop'.ItispartoftheDubaiPoliceforce.Robocop'sfirstofficialjobwast
ogreetguestsatasecurityconference.Italsoansweredquestionsandg
avedirections.RoboCophasabuilt-intabletforpeopletointeractwit
h,paytrafficfinesanduseotherpoliceservices.Thetabletislinkedtoapol
icestation,sopeoplecantalktorealpoliceofficers.The170-centimetre-
tallRoboCopcanspeaksixlanguages.Itcanalsoshakehands,salutepeo
pleandrecognizepeople'semotionsandfacialexpressions.RoboCopist
hefirstofmanyrobotpoliceofficersforDubai.By2030,25percentoftheD
ubaiPoliceforcewillberobots.By2030,Dubaiwillhavethefirstsmartpoli
cestation.Nohumanswillworkthere.Aspokesmansaid:"TheRoboCopi
sthelatestsmartadditiontothepoliceforceandhasbeendesignedtohel
pusfightcrime,keepthecitysafeandimprovehappinesslevels."RoboC
opwillalso,"assistandhelppeopleinthemallsoronthestreets".Anoffici
alatthesecurityconferencecommentedthat:"Theageoftherobotsisno
longercoming.Ithasarrived."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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