The Reading / Listening - Robot Police Officer - Level 3

The world's first robot police officer has started working. Its name is 'RoboCop' and it went into service for the Dubai Police earlier this week. Robocop's first official duty was to greet guests at the opening of a security conference in Dubai. Apart from greeting visitors, its job was to answer questions and give directions. RoboCop has a built-in tablet for people to interact with. People can use the tablet to pay traffic fines and use other smart police services. The tablet is linked to a police station, so people can talk to human police officers. In addition, RoboCop can speak six languages, including English and Arabic. The 170-centimetre-tall robot can also shake hands, salute people and recognize people's emotions and facial expressions.



Dubai Police says RoboCop is the first of many robot police officers for the city. A spokesman said that by 2030, 25 per cent of the Dubai Police force will be robots. He said: "We are looking to make everything smart in Dubai Police. By 2030, we will have the first smart police station which won't require human employees." He added: "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." He said RoboCop will, "assist and help people in the malls or on the streets". An official at the security conference commented that the future is here now, saying: "The age of the robots is no longer coming. It has arrived."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Robot Police Officer - Level 0 Robot Police Officer - Level 1   or  Robot Police Officer - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. ROBOT POLICE OFFICERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about robot police officers. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       robot / police officer / official duty / security conference / greeting visitors / traffic fines
       smart / human / employees / force / fight crime / improve happiness / help / future

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. ROBOTS & HUMANS: Students A strongly believe robots police will be better than human police; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. ROBOT JOBS: What would they be like in these jobs? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good things

Bad things

Police officer

 

 

Teacher

 

 

Doctor

 

 

Country's leader

 

 

Soldier

 

 

Chef

 

 

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5. SECURITY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "security". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. ROBOTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things about robots at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • they are helpful
  • humans can rest
  • our lives are better
  • they are cool
  • they work 24 hours a day
  • they don't say no
  • they don't make mistakes
  • cheaper than humans

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The world's first robot police officer, RoboCop, started work in Dubai.     T / F
  2. RoboCop's first duty was to be greeted by guests at a conference.     T / F
  3. RoboCop had to ask questions and ask for directions.     T / F
  4. RoboCop can speak more than six languages.     T / F
  5. By 2030, half of Dubai's police force will be robots.     T / F
  6. Dubai will have the world's first smart police station by 2030.     T / F
  7. Robot police officers will help improve people's happiness.     T / F
  8. A security conference official said the age of the robots has arrived.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. started
  2. task
  3. greeting
  4. linked
  5. emotions
  6. smart
  7. require
  8. designed
  9. commented
  10. age
  1. welcoming
  2. feelings
  3. Internet-connected
  4. job
  5. created
  6. began / begun
  7. era
  8. remarked
  9. connected
  10. need

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. The world's first robot police officer has
  2. it went into
  3. greet
  4. pay traffic
  5. recognize people's emotions and facial
  6. the first of
  7. we will have the first smart
  8. designed to help us fight
  9. assist and help
  10. The age of the robots is no
  1. guests
  2. crime
  3. expressions
  4. many robot police officers
  5. people
  6. started working
  7. longer coming
  8. police station
  9. service for the Dubai Police
  10. fines

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
smart
service
facial
directions
including
duty
human
tablet

The world's first robot police officer has started working. Its name is 'RoboCop' and it went into (1) ____ for the Dubai Police earlier this week. Robocop's first official (2) ____ was to greet guests at the opening of a security conference in Dubai. Apart from greeting visitors, its job was to answer questions and give (3) ____. RoboCop has a built-in (4) ____ for people to interact with. People can use the tablet to pay traffic fines and use other (5) ____ police services. The tablet is linked to a police station, so people can talk to (6) ____ police officers. In addition, RoboCop can speak six languages, (7) ____ English and Arabic. The 170-centimetre-tall robot can also shake hands, salute people and recognize people's emotions and (8) ____ expressions.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
looking
official
addition
age
spokesman
happiness
require
crime

Dubai Police says RoboCop is the first of many robot police officers for the city. A (9) ____ said that by 2030, 25 per cent of the Dubai Police force will be robots. He said: "We are (10) ____ to make everything smart in Dubai Police. By 2030, we will have the first smart police station which won't (11) ____ human employees." He added: "The RoboCop is the latest smart (12) ____ to the police force and has been designed to help us fight (13) ____, keep the city safe and improve (14) ____ levels." He said RoboCop will, "assist and help people in the malls or on the streets". An (15) ____ at the security conference commented that the future is here now, saying: "The (16) ____ of the robots is no longer coming. It has arrived."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The world's first robot police officer has ______
     a.  started working
     b.  start it working
     c.  started work in
     d.  start it work in

2)  Robocop's first official duty was to ______
     a.  greets guests
     b.  greet guest
     c.  greet guests
     d.  greets guest

3)  its job was to answer questions and ______
     a.  give it directions
     b.  give in directions
     c.  giving directions
     d.  give directions

4)  People can use the tablet to pay ______
     a.  traffic finds
     b.  traffic fines
     c.  traffic vines
     d.  traffic fine

5)  shake hands, salute people and recognize people's emotions and ______
     a.  facially expressions
     b.  facial expression
     c.  facial expressions
     d.  face all expressions

6)  A spokesman said that by 2030, 25 per cent of the Dubai Police ______ robots
     a.  force will be
     b.  forces will be
     c.  forced will be
     d.  forces will be

7)  we will have the first smart police station which won't ______ employees
     a.  require human
     b.  requires human
     c.  required human
     d.  requiring human

8)  smart addition to the police force and has been designed to ______
     a.  help us fight crime
     b.  helps us fight crime
     c.  help us fight grime
     d.  helps us fight grime

9)  keep the city safe and improve ______
     a.  happiness revel
     b.  happiness levels
     c.  happy nest level
     d.  happy nest revels

10)  The age of the robots is no longer coming. It ______
     a.  had arrived
     b.  has a raved
     c.  has a rivet
     d.  has arrived

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world's first robot police officer (1) ___________________ working. Its name is 'RoboCop' and it (2) ___________________ for the Dubai Police earlier this week. Robocop's first official duty was to greet guests at the (3) ___________________ security conference in Dubai. Apart from greeting visitors, its job was to answer questions and give directions. RoboCop has a built-in tablet for people (4) ___________________. People can use the tablet to pay traffic fines and use other smart police services. The tablet is linked to a police station, so people (5) ___________________ human police officers. In addition, RoboCop can speak six languages, including English and Arabic. The 170-centimetre-tall robot (6) ___________________ hands, salute people and recognize people's emotions and facial expressions.

Dubai Police says RoboCop is (7) ___________________ many robot police officers for the city. A spokesman said that by 2030, 25 per cent of the Dubai Police (8) ___________________ robots. He said: "We are looking to make everything smart in Dubai Police. By 2030, we will have the first smart police station which won't require (9) ___________________." He added: "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." He said RoboCop will, "assist and help people in the (11) ___________________ streets". An official at the security conference commented that the future is here now, saying: "(12) ___________________ robots is no longer coming. It has arrived."

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the robot police officer in Dubai?
  2. What was the robot's first official duty?
  3. What will the robot also give to people who ask?
  4. What can people pay using a tablet on the robot?
  5. How many languages can the robot speak?
  6. What percentage of the Dubai Police force will be robots by 2030?
  7. What kind of police station in Dubai will be the world's first?
  8. What will the police station not need?
  9. What will the robot police officers help to improve?
  10. What did an official at a security conference say has arrived?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the name of the robot police officer in Dubai?
a) RoboCop
b) Robbie
c) CopRobo
d) Robbo

2) What was the robot's first official duty?
a) to help security
b) to arrest criminals
c) to greet visitors
d) to smile at officials

3) What will the robot also give to people who ask?
a) a smile
b) directions
c) candy
d) advice

4) What can people pay using a tablet on the robot?
a) attention
b) credit card bills
c) water pills
d) traffic fines

5)  How many languages can the robot speak?
a) 6
b) 7
c) 8
d) 9

6) What percentage of the Dubai Police force will be robots by 2030?
a) 30%
b) 23%
c) 27%
d) 25%

7) What kind of police station in Dubai will be the world's first?
a) a gold police station
b) a smart police station
c) a green police station
d) a floating police station

8) What will the police station not need?
a) criminals
b) electricity
c) computers
d) human employees

9) What will the robot police officers help to improve?
a) police training
b) robot science
c) happiness levels
d) robot life

10) What did an official at a security conference say has arrived?
a) the pizza delivery
b) the age of the robots
c) the VIPs
d) the mail

Role play

Role  A – They Work 24 Hours a Day

You think they work 24 hours a day is the best thing about robots. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): they don't make mistakes, humans can rest or they are cool.

Role  B – They Don't Make Mistakes

You think they don't make mistakes is the best thing about robots. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): they work 24 hours a day, humans can rest or they are cool.

Role  C – Humans Can Rest

You think humans can rest is the best thing about robots. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): they don't make mistakes, they work 24 hours a day or they are cool.

Role  D – They Are Cool

You think they are cool is the best thing about robots. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  they don't make mistakes, humans can rest or they work 24 hours a day.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'robot'

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  • and 'police'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • many
    • looking
    • human
    • levels
    • streets
    • age
    • started
    • duty
    • apart
    • pay
    • In addition
    • hands




    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 - 'Robocop' – first robot police officer starts work

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'robot'?
    3. How do you feel about robots?
    4. What do you think of giving guns to robots?
    5. In what ways would robots be better police officers than humans?
    6. What would happen if robots took over the world?
    7. Why are most robots in robot movies scary or bad?
    8. How would you feel about having a robot to do your housework?
    9. Do robots take away people's jobs or create more jobs?
    10. What role do robots play in your country?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'police officer'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How useful does the RoboCop in Dubai sound?
    5. What do you think of a police station staffed by only robots?
    6. How can robots increase happiness levels?
    7. Which jobs do you think robots should never be allowed to do?
    8. Will robots ever think and feel just like humans?
    9. What will robots be doing in our lives in 50 years from now?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a robot expert?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The world's first robot police officer has started working. Its name is 'RoboCop' and it (1) ____ into service for the Dubai Police earlier this week. Robocop's first official duty was to (2) ____ guests at the opening of a security conference in Dubai. Apart from greeting visitors, its job (3) ____ to answer questions and give directions. RoboCop has a built-in tablet for people to interact with. People can use the tablet to pay traffic (4) ____ and use other smart police services. The tablet is linked to a police station, so people can talk to human police officers. In addition, RoboCop can speak six languages, (5) ____ English and Arabic. The 170-centimetre-tall robot can also (6) ____ hands, salute people and recognize people's emotions and facial expressions.

    Dubai Police says RoboCop is the first (7) ____ many robot police officers for the city. A spokesman said that by 2030, 25 per cent of the Dubai Police force will be robots. He said: "We are (8) ____ to make everything smart in Dubai Police. By 2030, we will have the first smart police station which won't (9) ____ human employees." He added: "The RoboCop is the latest smart addition to the police force and has been designed to help us (10) ____ crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels." He said RoboCop will, "(11) ____ and help people in the malls or on the streets". An official at the security conference commented that the future is here now, saying: "The (12) ____ of the robots is no longer coming. It has arrived."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     gone     (b)     worked     (c)     went     (d)     did    
    2. (a)     greet     (b)     great     (c)     grade     (d)     greed    
    3. (a)     was     (b)     had     (c)     told     (d)     it    
    4. (a)     fines     (b)     penalty     (c)     license     (d)     jams    
    5. (a)     inclusion     (b)     includes     (c)     inclusive     (d)     including    
    6. (a)     shaken     (b)     shaking     (c)     shook     (d)     shake    
    7. (a)     of     (b)     by     (c)     for     (d)     as    
    8. (a)     scanning     (b)     observing     (c)     seeing     (d)     looking    
    9. (a)     require     (b)     requite     (c)     requisite     (d)     request    
    10. (a)     victor     (b)     fight     (c)     brawl     (d)     war    
    11. (a)     desist     (b)     assist     (c)     resist     (d)     consist    
    12. (a)     age     (b)     years     (c)     eternity     (d)     length

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )     human police officers. In addition, RoboCop can speak six languages, including English and Arabic. The 170-centimetre-

    (    )     been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels." He said RoboCop will, "assist

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    (    )     directions. RoboCop has a built-in tablet for people to interact with. People can use the tablet to pay traffic

    (    )     and help people in the malls or on the streets". An official at the security conference commented that the future

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    (    )     Dubai Police says RoboCop is the first of many robot police officers for the city. A spokesman said that by

    (    )     2030, 25 per cent of the Dubai Police force will be robots. He said: "We are looking to make everything

    (    )     fines and use other smart police services. The tablet is linked to a police station, so people can talk to

    (    )     tall robot can also shake hands, salute people and recognize people's emotions and facial expressions.

    Put the words in the right order

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    10. the  The  It  longer  robots  age  has  coming  is  of  arrived    .   no   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The world's first robot police officer has / had started working. Its name is 'RoboCop' and it went into / onto service for the Dubai Police earlier this week. Robocop's first officially / official duty was to greet guests at the opening / open of a security conference in Dubai. Apart from greeting visitors, its job was to answer questions and give / gave directions. RoboCop has a built-in tablet for people to interact on / with. People can use the tablet to / for pay traffic fines and use other smart police services. The tablet is linked to / of a police station, so people can talk to human police officers. In addition, RoboCop can speak six languages / language, including English and Arabic. The 170-centimetre-tall robot can also shake hands, salute people and recognize people's emotions / emotional and facial expressions.

    Dubai Police says RoboCop is the first for / of many robot police officers for the city. A spokesman said that by / at 2030, 25 per cent of the Dubai Police force will be robots. He said: "We are looking / looked to make everything smart in Dubai Police. By 2030, we will have the first smart police station which won't require / requiring human employees." He added: "The RoboCop is the latest smart added / addition to the police force and has been designed to help us / them fight crime, keep the city safely / safe and improve happiness levels." He said RoboCop will, "assist / assistance and help people in the malls / mails or on the streets". An official at the security conference commented that the future is here now, saying: "The aged / age of the robots is no longer coming. It has arrived."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the world's first robot police officer has started working its name is 'robocop' and it went into service for the dubai police earlier this week robocop's first official duty was to greet guests at the opening of a security conference in dubai apart from greeting visitors its job was to answer questions and give directions robocop has a built-in tablet for people to interact with people can use the tablet to pay traffic fines and use other smart police services the tablet is linked to a police station so people can talk to human police officers in addition robocop can speak six languages including english and arabic the 170-centimetre-tall robot can also shake hands salute people and recognize people's emotions and facial expressions

    dubai police says robocop is the first of many robot police officers for the city a spokesman said that by 2030 25 per cent of the dubai police force will be robots he said "we are looking to make everything smart in dubai police by 2030 we will have the first smart police station which won't require human employees" he added "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" he said robocop will "assist and help people in the malls or on the streets" an official at the security conference commented that the future is here now saying "the age of the robots is no longer coming it has arrived"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Theworld'sfirstrobotpoliceofficerhasstartedworking.Itsnameis'Robo
    Cop'anditwentintoservicefortheDubaiPoliceearlierthisweek.Roboco
    p'sfirstofficialdutywastogreetguestsattheopeningofasecurityconfer
    enceinDubai.Apartfromgreetingvisitors,itsjobwastoanswerquestion
    sandgivedirections.RoboCophasabuilt-intabletforpeopletointerac
    twith.Peoplecanusethetablettopaytrafficfinesanduseothersmartpoli
    ceservices.Thetabletislinkedtoapolicestation,sopeoplecantalktohu
    manpoliceofficers.Inaddition,RoboCopcanspeaksixlanguages,inclu
    dingEnglishandArabic.The170-centimetre-tallrobotcanalsoshak
    ehands,salutepeopleandrecognizepeople'semotionsandfacialexpre
    ssions.DubaiPolicesaysRoboCopisthefirstofmanyrobotpoliceofficers
    forthecity.Aspokesmansaidthatby2030,25percentoftheDubaiPolice
    forcewillberobots.Hesaid:"Wearelookingtomakeeverythingsmartin
    DubaiPolice.By2030,wewillhavethefirstsmartpolicestationwhichwo
    n'trequirehumanemployees."Headded:"TheRoboCopisthelatestsm
    artadditiontothepoliceforceandhasbeendesignedtohelpusfightcrime
    ,keepthecitysafeandimprovehappinesslevels."HesaidRoboCopwill,"
    assistandhelppeopleinthemallsoronthestreets".Anofficialatthesecur
    ityconferencecommentedthatthefutureisherenow,saying:"Theageo
    ftherobotsisnolongercoming.Ithasarrived."

    Free writing

    Write about robot police officer for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Robot police officers are better than human police officers. Discuss.

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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: Search the Internet and find out more about this story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. ROBOT POLICE OFFICERS: Make a poster about robot police officers. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. HUMAN POLICE: Write a magazine article about robot police officers being better than human police officers. Include imaginary interviews with the inventor of the RoboCop and with people who believe this and with people who do not.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. 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.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on robot police officers. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how they can help us. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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