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Date: Jul 19, 2005

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THE ARTICLE

The head of Moscow’s subway system Dmitry Gayev plans to fit security cameras in every carriage of the city’s train network. This is to reduce the threat of a London Underground style terrorist attack, the MosNews website reported. The new system will be installed on the Circle Line, the busiest of the Metro’s eleven lines, by the end of this year. Mr. Gayev said: "The anti-terrorist protection program for Moscow’s subway will be ongoing until 2007”. He added he had $US59 million in state funding to spend on the new project.

Moscow too has experienced terrorist attacks on its transit system. Chechnyan rebels are the prime suspects as they fight their war of independence against Moscow. Last year a suicide bomber detonated a bomb outside a Moscow station, killing 10 people and injuring more than 50. In February of this year 41 people innocently died on a rush-hour train. Mr. Gayev admitted the new technology could not guarantee an end to this kind of terror. However, he said it would “discourage criminal activities in the metro”.

WARM-UPS

1. CCTV: Is CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) a good idea to prevent terrorism? Do you think it is necessary for security? Does it take away out freedom? In pairs / groups, discuss your thoughts on CCTV being put in the following areas:

  • Subway cars
  • Public toilets
  • Your home
  • Churches / Mosques / Temples etc.
  • Other
  • Street corners
  • School classrooms
  • Telephone boxes / booths
  • Hotels
  • Other

2. QUICK DEBATE: Students A think CCTV in school classrooms would increase education standards and reduce bullying. Students B think CCTV in schools is unnecessary. Try to persuade each other to change sides.

3. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words are most interesting and which are most boring.

Subway systems / CCTV / surveillance / the threat of terrorist attacks / rush hour / new technology / criminal activities / Chechnya

Have a chat about the topics you liked. For more conversation, change topics and partners frequently.

4. 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.

5. CCTV OPINIONS: In pairs / groups, discuss the following opinions on surveillance:

  1. No amount of CCTV will stop terrorist attacks.
  2. CCTV means the terrorists have won – society becomes afraid of itself.
  3. CCTV in streets reduces other crimes.
  4. I’m happy with CCTV being everywhere. I have nothing to hide.
  5. The Moscow Metro idea should be adopted by all transport systems.
  6. Every train station should have X-ray machines and sniffer dogs.
  7. CCTV takes away our personal freedom.
  8. I support ID cards, phone tapping and body searches by the police.
  9. I think anyone should be allowed to search anyone else’s backpack.
  10. CCTV would not have stopped the London bombers. It’s a waste of money.

Change partners and share what you talked about.


 
 

BEFORE READING / LISTENING

1. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F):

a.

All Moscow Metro carriages will have security video cameras.

T / F

b.

The security system is to spy on foreign diplomats.

T / F

c.

All of the cameras will be fitted by the end of this year.

T / F

d.

The surveillance system will cost $US5.9 million.

T / F

e.

The Moscow Metro has so far escaped from terrorism.

T / F

f.

Chechnyan rebels occasionally attack Moscow.

T / F

g.

Moscow Metro’s head guaranteed CCTV would prevent terrorism.

T / F

h.

CCTV may discourage criminal activities in the metro.

T / F

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

a.

head

money

b.

fit

confessed

c.

reduce

number one

d.

ongoing

boss

e.

funding

continuing

f.

transit

set off

g.

prime

lessen

h.

detonated

ensure

i.

admitted

transportation

j.

guarantee

install

3. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes more than one combination is possible):

a.

The head

detonated a bomb

b.

reduce the

system

c.

by the end

in state funding

d.

ongoing

threat of

e.

$US59 million

this kind of terror

f.

transit

of this year

g.

Chechnyan rebels are

more than 50

h.

a suicide bomber

of Moscow’s subway system

i.

injuring

the prime suspects

j.

guarantee an end to

until 2007

WHILE READING / LISTENING

GAP FILL: Put the words in the column on the right into the correct spaces.

Moscow subway cars to have CCTV

The ________ of Moscow’s subway system Dmitry Gayev plans to ________ security cameras in every carriage of the city’s train ________. This is to reduce the threat of a London Underground ________ terrorist attack, the MosNews website reported. The new system will be installed on the Circle Line, the ________ of the Metro’s eleven lines, by the end of this year. Mr. Gayev said: "The anti-terrorist protection ________ for Moscow’s subway will be ________ until 2007”. He added he had $US59 million in state ________ to spend on the new project.

 
 
program
fit
style
funding
head
ongoing
busiest
network

Moscow too has experienced terrorist attacks on its ________ system. Chechnyan rebels are the ________ suspects as they fight their war of ________ against Moscow. Last year a suicide bomber detonated a ________ outside a Moscow station, killing 10 people and ________ more than 50. In February of this year 41 people ________ died on a rush-hour train. Mr. Gayev admitted the new technology could not ________ an end to this kind of terror. However, he said it would “discourage criminal ________ in the metro”.

 
 
independence
transit
guarantee
injuring
prime
activities
innocently
bomb

 
 

AFTER READING / LISTENING

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionaries / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words ‘metro’ and ‘system’.

  • 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 gap fill. 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. STUDENT SURVEILLANCE SURVEY: In pairs / groups, write down questions about CCTV and state surveillance.

  • Ask other classmates your questions and note down their answers.
  • Go back to your original partner / group and compare your findings.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

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

  • head
  • reduce
  • style
  • busiest
  • program
  • spend
  • experienced
  • prime
  • detonated
  • innocently
  • guarantee
  • discourage

DISCUSSION

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

  1. What did you think when you first read this headline?
  2. Did the headline make you want to read the article?
  3. Do you think CCTV on subway trains is a good idea?
  4. Do you think CCTV on subway trains will stop terrorists?
  5. Would you like to see CCTV in all areas of public life?
  6. Do you think CCTV reduces your privacy and freedom?
  7. What other security would you like to see on transport systems?
  8. Don’t you think terrorists would simply switch targets if CCTV were present somewhere?
  9. Do you think CCTV could have stopped the London bombings?
  10. Do you think CCTV is good for discouraging general crime?

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

  1. Did you like reading this article?
  2. What did you think about what you read?
  3. Do you think transportation systems will ever be free from the threat of terrorist attack?
  4. What do you think of the idea of passengers requesting to search one another’s bags?
  5. Do you think X-ray machines should be put in subway stations?
  6. Would you agree to random body searches by the police?
  7. Do you think CCTV increases fear or confidence?
  8. Would you agree to the government tapping of phones and e-mails?
  9. Do you think anti-terrorism laws could become too strict?
  10. Did you like this discussion?

AFTER DISCUSSION: Join another partner / group and tell them what you talked about.

  1. What question would you like to ask about this topic?
  2. What was the most interesting thing you heard?
  3. Was there a question you didn’t like?
  4. Was there something you totally disagreed with?
  5. What did you like talking about?
  6. Do you want to know how anyone else answered the questions?
  7. Which was the most difficult question?

SPEAKING

CCTV EVERYWHERE: You are responsible for increasing the number of places there is CCTV in your country. You must persuade the public why CCTV is necessary in the public places below. Discuss the benefits of CCTV in these areas, the likely complaints from the public and your answers to the complaints.

 

MONITORED AREAS

 

 

BENEFITS

 

COMPLAINTS

 

ANSWERS

 

Train carriages

 

 

 

 

 

Public toilets

 

 

 

 

 

Street corners

 

 

 

 

 

Churches, Mosques, Temples, Synagogues etc.

 

 

 

 

Change partners. Take turns in being members of the public and members of the CCTV team. Role play a discussion between the two.

Return to your original partners. Discuss what you talked about in your role plays and what was decided.

LISTENING

Listen and fill in the spaces.

Moscow subway cars to have CCTV

The head of Moscow’s subway system Dmitry Gayev _____ __ ___ security cameras in every carriage of the city’s train _______. This is to reduce the threat of a London Underground _____ terrorist attack, the MosNews website reported. The new system will be installed on the Circle Line, ___ _____ of the Metro’s eleven lines, by the end of this year. Mr. Gayev said: "The anti-terrorist protection program for Moscow’s subway will __ ________ until 2007”. He added he had $US59 million in state _______ to spend on the new project.

Moscow too has experienced terrorist attacks __ ___ _______ system. Chechnyan ______ are the prime suspects as they fight their war of independence against Moscow. Last year a _______ bomber detonated a bomb outside a Moscow station, killing 10 people and __________ ____ ____ 50. In February of this year 41 people innocently died on a rush-hour train. Mr. Gayev ________ the new technology could not guarantee an end to this kind of terror. However, he said it would “discourage criminal __________ in the metro”.

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 more information on CCTV on Moscow’s Metro. Share your findings with your class in the next lesson.

3. CCTV: Make a poster on the pros and cons of CCTV in a city. How far should surveillance go? Show your poster to your classmates in your next lesson. Did you all have similar arguments?

4. LETTER: Write a letter to the head of Moscow’s Metro. Tell him your thoughts on the effectiveness of CCTV in preventing terrorist attacks. Give him advice on alternative ways of spending the $US59 million to help fight terrorism. Read your letter to your classmates in your next lesson. Did you all write about similar things?

ANSWERS

TRUE / FALSE:

a. T

b. F

c. F

d. F

e. F

f. T

g. F

h. T

SYNONYM MATCH:

a.

head

boss

b.

fit

install

c.

reduce

lessen

d.

ongoing

continuing

e.

funding

money

f.

transit

transportation

g.

prime

number one

h.

detonated

set off

i.

admitted

confessed

j.

guarantee

ensure

PHRASE MATCH:

a.

The head

of Moscow’s subway system

b.

reduce the

threat of

c.

by the end

of this year

d.

ongoing

until 2007

e.

$US59 million

in state funding

f.

transit

system

g.

Chechnyan rebels are

the prime suspects

h.

a suicide bomber

detonated a bomb

i.

injuring

more than 50

j.

guarantee an end to

this kind of terror

GAP FILL:

Moscow subway cars to have CCTV

The head of Moscow’s subway system Dmitry Gayev plans to fit security cameras in every carriage of the city’s train network. This is to reduce the threat of a London Underground style terrorist attack, the MosNews website reported. The new system will be installed on the Circle Line, the busiest of the Metro’s eleven lines, by the end of this year. Mr. Gayev said: "The anti-terrorist protection program for Moscow’s subway will be ongoing until 2007”. He added he had $US59 million in state funding to spend on the new project.

Moscow too has experienced terrorist attacks on its transit system. Chechnyan rebels are the prime suspects as they fight their war of independence against Moscow. Last year a suicide bomber detonated a bomb outside a Moscow station, killing 10 people and injuring more than 50. In February of this year 41 people innocently died on a rush-hour train. Mr. Gayev admitted the new technology could not guarantee an end to this kind of terror. However, he said it would “discourage criminal activities in the metro”.

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