The Reading / Listening - Level 5

More people are speaking to their computers or mobile devices to search for things. Voice recognition technology, like Google's Voice Search or Apple's Siri, means our technology is understanding us more. The research company Northstar recently conducted Google's Mobile Voice Study. It found that voice searches on mobile devices more than doubled in the past year. It said voice search is a lot more popular among teenagers than adults. Researchers interviewed 1,400 Americans. They said 55% of teens and 41% of adults use voice search more than once a day.



More people are speaking to their computers or mobile devices to search for things. Voice recognition technology, like Google's Voice Search or Apple's Siri, means our technology is understanding us more. The research company Northstar recently conducted Google's Mobile Voice Study. It found that voice searches on mobile devices more than doubled in the past year. It said voice search is a lot more popular among teenagers than adults. Researchers interviewed 1,400 Americans. They said 55% of teens and 41% of adults use voice search more than once a day.

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Sources
  • http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2375895/Teens-Love-Google-Voice-Search
  • http://www.cnet.com/news/google-voice-search-siri-cortana-teen-study/
  • http://www.techtimes.com/articles/17923/20141015/teens-find-voice-search-cool-adults-not-so-much.htm


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

More people are

a.

once a day

2.

Voice recognition

b.

understanding us more

3.

our technology is

c.

among teenagers

4.

voice searches on

d.

speaking to their computers

5.

more than doubled in

e.

technology

6.

lot more popular

f.

1,400 Americans

7.

Researchers interviewed

g.

the past year

8.

use voice search more than

h.

mobile devices



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

A Google search

a.

of technology

2.

explained how important

b.

feature

3.

a key

c.

multi-task

4.

becoming ever

d.

voice search is

5.

a normal part

e.

of those surveyed

6.

Adults said it made them

f.

executive

7.

Everyone used voice search to

g.

feel "tech savvy"

8.

Almost one-third

h.

more important

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

More people (1) ___________________ computers or mobile devices to search for things. Voice recognition technology, like Google's Voice Search or Apple's Siri, (2) ___________________ is understanding us more. The research company Northstar (3) ___________________ Google's Mobile Voice Study. It found (4) ___________________ mobile devices more than doubled in the past year. It said voice search is (5) ___________________ among teenagers than adults. Researchers interviewed 1,400 Americans. They said 55% of teens and 41% of adults use voice search (6) ___________________ day.

A Google (7) ___________________ explained how important voice search is. He said: "Voice search (8) ___________________ the Google app that's becoming ever more important (9) ___________________ more time on their mobile phones." The research found that teenagers thought voice search (10) ___________________ of technology. Adults said it made them feel "tech savvy". Everyone used voice search (11) ___________________ watching TV or cooking. People used voice search for different reasons. Teens used it to study. Almost (12) ___________________ surveyed said they ask their phones for answers to their homework.



VOICE SEARCH SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about voice search 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.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

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Q.5.

 

 

 

 

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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FREE WRITING

Write about voice search for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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