The Reading / Listening - Gaming - Level 6

A new hotel in Taiwan has opened to cater to the needs of gamers. Those who want to indulge in their favourite games while on business or vacation can now do so at the iHotel, near Taiwan's capital Taipei. Rooms at the hotel are fully equipped with two state-of-the-art gaming computers with 32-inch screens, plush DXRacer gaming chairs, and ambient lighting to create the perfect mood for getting behind the joystick. The gaming computers are side-by-side to ensure gaming with your partner has a more competitive edge. The rooms are also furnished with a 46-inch TV for guests to chill out after a hard session gaming. And if that's not enough, the hotel's lobby features a large gaming arena for larger groups.



Putting gaming consoles in hotel rooms may lead to positive benefits besides relaxing and getting away from it all. One study analysed data from over 12,000 high school students in Australia. Researchers found that students who played online games almost every day scored 15 points above average in maths and reading tests and 17 points above average in science. A Columbia University study indicated that gaming by 6-to-11-year-olds greatly increased their chance of "high intellectual functioning and overall school competence". However, critics of gaming warn of the harmful effects of gaming because of depictions of violence, sexual themes, alcohol, tobacco, drugs and profanity.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Gaming - Level 4  or  Gaming - Level 5

Sources
  • http://mashable.com/2017/09/20/gaming-hotel-taiwan
  • http://gearsofbiz.com/this-hotel-has-gaming-rigs-inside-rooms/75404
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game


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. GAMERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about gamers. 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?

       new hotel / needs / business / vacation / state-of-the-art / ambient / joystick / edge /
       consoles / relaxing / data / average / science / intellectual / competence / profanity

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

3. GAMING: Students A strongly believe gaming is a huge waste of time; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. HOTELS: How can they be improved? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Improvements?

Why?

Lobby

 

 

Front desk

 

 

Rooms

 

 

Restaurants

 

 

Staff

 

 

Technology

 

 

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

6. GAMES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best games at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • sports games
  • playground games
  • party games
  • arcade games
  • video games
  • board games
  • role play games
  • card games

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The new hotel is only for people on business trips.     T / F
  2. The hotel is in Taiwan's capital city, Taipei.     T / F
  3. Each room has computers with two 32-inch screens.     T / F
  4. Each room has a 56-inch screen television.     T / F
  5. The hotel says it has bookings from 12,000 Australian school students.    T / F
  6. Australian students did better in 15 exams because of gaming.     T / F
  7. Children aged 6-11 became less intelligent because of gaming.     T / F
  8. Critics said there was a lack of profanity in gaming.     T / F

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

  1. cater
  2. ensure
  3. ambient
  4. chill out
  5. lobby
  6. benefits
  7. data
  8. indicated
  9. competence
  10. profanity
  1. atmospheric
  2. bad language
  3. entrance
  4. advantages
  5. pointed to
  6. provide for
  7. ability
  8. information
  9. make certain
  10. relax

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

  1. cater to the
  2. Those who want to indulge in
  3. fully equipped with two state-of-the-
  4. ambient
  5. chill
  6. One study analysed
  7. 17 points above
  8. critics of gaming warn of the harmful
  9. because of depictions
  10. alcohol, tobacco, drugs
  1. art gaming computers
  2. effects of gaming
  3. lighting
  4. of violence
  5. and profanity
  6. needs of gamers
  7. out
  8. data
  9. their favourite games
  10. average in science

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
art
chill
indulge
ambient
cater
features
ensure
capital

A new hotel in Taiwan has opened to (1) ____________ to the needs of gamers. Those who want to (2) ____________ in their favourite games while on business or vacation can now do so at the iHotel, near Taiwan's (3) ____________ Taipei. Rooms at the hotel are fully equipped with two state-of-the-(4) ____________ gaming computers with 32-inch screens, plush DXRacer gaming chairs, and (5) ____________ lighting to create the perfect mood for getting behind the joystick. The gaming computers are side-by-side to (6) ____________ gaming with your partner has a more competitive edge. The rooms are also furnished with a 46-inch TV for guests to (7) ____________ out after a hard session gaming. And if that's not enough, the hotel's lobby (8) ____________ a large gaming arena for larger groups.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
average
chance
consoles
profanity
data
effects
relaxing
indicated

Putting gaming (9) ____________ in hotel rooms may lead to positive benefits besides (10) ____________ and getting away from it all. One study analysed (11) ____________ from over 12,000 high school students in Australia. Researchers found that students who played online games almost every day scored 15 points above (12) ____________ in maths and reading tests and 17 points above average in science. A Columbia University study (13) ____________ that gaming by 6-to-11-year-olds greatly increased their (14) ____________ of "high intellectual functioning and overall school competence". However, critics of gaming warn of the harmful (15) ____________ of gaming because of depictions of violence, sexual themes, alcohol, tobacco, drugs and (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A new hotel in Taiwan has opened to cater to the ______
     a.  needs of games are
     b.  needs of game arts
     c.  needs of gamers
     d.  needs of gam mars

2)  Those who want to indulge in their favourite games ______
     a.  while on business
     b.  while in business
     c.  while at business
     d.  while oh business

3)  Rooms at the hotel are fully equipped with two state-of-the- ______
     a.  art gaming computers
     b.  yurt gaming computers
     c.  yacht gaming computers
     d.  tart gaming computers

4)  ambient lighting to create the perfect mood for getting ______
     a.  behind the Joyce tick
     b.  behind the joys tick
     c.  behind the joyous stick
     d.  behind the joystick

5)  The rooms are also furnished with a 46-inch TV for guests ______
     a.  to freeze out
     b.  to cold in
     c.  to cool up
     d.  to chill out

6)  Putting gaming consoles in hotel rooms may lead to ______
     a.  positively benefits
     b.  positive benefit
     c.  positive benefits
     d.  positively benefit

7)  students who played online games almost every day scored 15 points above ______
     a.  average in maths
     b.  average on maths
     c.  averaging maths
     d.  averaging in maths

8)  greatly increased their chance of "high intellectual functioning and ______ competence
     a.  over all school
     b.  overalls school
     c.  over awe school
     d.  overall school

9)  However, critics of gaming warn of the harmful ______
     a.  effects of gaming
     b.  affects of gaming
     c.  reflects of gaming
     d.  infects of gaming

10)  depictions of violence, sexual themes, alcohol, tobacco, ______
     a.  drugs sand profanity
     b.  drug sand profanity
     c.  drugs sand profanity
     d.  drug and profanely

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new hotel in Taiwan has opened (1) ___________________ the needs of gamers. Those who want (2) ___________________ their favourite games while on business or vacation can now do so at the iHotel, near Taiwan's capital Taipei. Rooms at the hotel are (3) ___________________ with two state-of-the-art gaming computers with 32-inch screens, plush DXRacer gaming chairs, and (4) ___________________ to create the perfect mood for getting behind the joystick. The gaming computers (5) ___________________ to ensure gaming with your partner has a more competitive edge. The rooms are also furnished with a 46-inch TV for guests (6) ___________________ after a hard session gaming. And if that's not enough, the hotel's lobby features a large gaming arena for larger groups.

Putting gaming consoles in hotel rooms may (7) ___________________ benefits besides relaxing and getting away from it all. One study analysed (8) ___________________ 12,000 high school students in Australia. Researchers found that students who played online games almost every day scored 15 points (9) ___________________ in maths and reading tests and 17 points (10) ___________________ science. A Columbia University study indicated that gaming by 6-to-11-year-olds greatly increased their chance of "high (11) ___________________ and overall school competence". However, critics of gaming warn of the harmful effects of gaming because of depictions of violence, sexual themes, alcohol, tobacco, (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the hotel?
  2. What is the name of the nearest city to the hotel?
  3. What kind of lighting is in each room of the hotel?
  4. Where are the two computer screens in relation to each other?
  5. How big is the TV in each room?
  6. What kind of benefits might gaming consoles in hotel rooms have?
  7. How many students did researchers look at the data of?
  8. What was the average point rise of science tests because of gaming?
  9. Who increased their chance of increasing overall school competence?
  10. Who warned of harmful effects of gaming?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the name of the hotel?
a) Game Inn
b) iHotel
c) iGame Hotel
d) Inn Gamer

2) What is the name of the nearest city to the hotel?
a) Taichung
b) Tainan
c) Kaohsiung
d) Taipei

3) What kind of lighting is in each room of the hotel?
a) ambient lighting
b) bright lighting
c) neon lighting
d) LED lighting

4) Where are the two computer screens in relation to each other?
a) opposite each other
b) 5 metres apart
c) next to each other
d) behind each other

5) How big is the TV in each room?
a) 44 inches
b) 46 inches
c) 32 inches
d) 50 inches

6) What kind of benefits might gaming consoles in hotel rooms have?
a) unforeseen benefits
b) beneficial benefits
c) positive benefits
d) health benefits

7) How many students did researchers look at the data of?
a) around 12,000
b) exactly 12,000
c) fewer than 12,000
d) more than 12,000

8) What was the average point rise of science tests because of gaming?
a) 17
b) 15
c) 13
d) 11

9) Who increased their chance of increasing overall school competence?
a) 6-11-year-olds
b) high-schoolers
c) Austrian students
d) intellectual students

10) Who warned of harmful effects of gaming?
a) hotel owners
b) critics
c) Bill Gates
d) school teachers

Role play

Role  A – Video Games

You think video games are the best games. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their games. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): board games, card games or party games.

Role  B – Board Games

You think board games are the best games. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their games. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): video games, card games or party games.

Role  C – Card Games

You think card games are the best games. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their games. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): board games, video games or party games.

Role  D – Party Games

You think party games are the best games. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their games. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  board games, card games or video games.

After reading / listening

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

'gaming'

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  • and 'hotel'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • may
    • data
    • almost
    • 17
    • greatly
    • harmful
    • cater
    • near
    • two
    • side
    • 46
    • enough




    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 - Hotel opens in Taiwan just for gamers

    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 'gaming'?
    3. What do you think of gaming?
    4. Would you like to stay in a gaming hotel?
    5. What kind of hotels do you like?
    6. What do you need in a hotel room?
    7. What do you do to chill out?
    8. Do you prefer gaming or watching movies?
    9. Why is gaming so popular?
    10. What other themed hotels should there be?

    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 'hotel'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What's your favourite game?
    5. What are the benefits of gaming?
    6. How might gaming lead to better scores at school?
    7. How often should children play online games?
    8. What are the dangers of online games?
    9. Is there too much violence and bad language in games?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the hotel guests?

    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)

    A new hotel in Taiwan has opened to (1) ____ to the needs of gamers. Those who want to indulge (2) ____ their favourite games while on business or vacation can now do so at the iHotel, near Taiwan's capital Taipei. Rooms at the hotel are fully (3) ____ with two state-of-the-art gaming computers with 32-inch screens, plush DXRacer gaming chairs, and ambient lighting to create the perfect (4) ____ for getting behind the joystick. The gaming computers are side-by-side to (5) ____ gaming with your partner has a more competitive edge. The rooms are also furnished with a 46-inch TV for guests to chill (6) ____ after a hard session gaming. And if that's not enough, the hotel's lobby features a large gaming arena for larger groups.

    Putting gaming consoles in hotel rooms may lead to positive benefits (7) ____ relaxing and getting away from it (8) ____. One study analysed data from over 12,000 high school students in Australia. Researchers found that students who played online games almost every day scored 15 points (9) ____ average in maths and reading tests and 17 points above average in science. A Columbia University study indicated that gaming by 6-to-11-year-olds (10) ____ increased their chance of "high intellectual functioning and overall school competence". However, critics of gaming warn of the harmful (11) ____ of gaming because of depictions of violence, sexual themes, alcohol, tobacco, drugs and (12) ____.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     cater     (b)     carter     (c)     crater     (d)     culture    
    2. (a)     on     (b)     up     (c)     in     (d)     of    
    3. (a)     equip     (b)     equipped     (c)     equipped     (d)     equips    
    4. (a)     mode     (b)     good     (c)     dude     (d)     mood    
    5. (a)     insure     (b)     sure     (c)     ensure     (d)     assure    
    6. (a)     to     (b)     out     (c)     at     (d)     in    
    7. (a)     insides     (b)     besides     (c)     resides     (d)     sides    
    8. (a)     entire     (b)     all     (c)     whole     (d)     every    
    9. (a)     higher     (b)     more     (c)     above     (d)     upper    
    10. (a)     greatest     (b)     greater     (c)     greatness     (d)     greatly    
    11. (a)     affects     (b)     reflects     (c)     infects     (d)     effects    
    12. (a)     propane     (b)     profane     (c)     profanely     (d)     profanity

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )     chairs, and ambient lighting to create the perfect mood for getting behind the joystick. The gaming computers are side-

    (    )     that students who played online games almost every day scored 15 points above average in maths and reading

    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Putting gaming consoles in hotel rooms may lead to positively / positive benefits besides relaxing and gotten / getting away from it all. One study analysed data / beta from over 12,000 high school students in Australia. Researchers found that students who played online games almost / most every day scored 15 points above average on / in maths and reading tests and 17 points higher / above average in science. A Columbia University study indicated / indication that gaming by 6-to-11-year-olds greatly increased their chance of "high intellectual functioning and overall school competence / competent". However, critics of gaming warn of the harmful effects / affects of gaming because of depictions of violence, sexual themes, alcohol, tobacco, drugs and profane / profanity.

    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

    a new hotel in taiwan has opened to cater to the needs of gamers those who want to indulge in their favourite games while on business or vacation can now do so at the ihotel near taiwan's capital taipei rooms at the hotel are fully equipped with two state-of-the-art gaming computers with 32-inch screens plush dxracer gaming chairs and ambient lighting to create the perfect mood for getting behind the joystick the gaming computers are side-by-side to ensure gaming with your partner has a more competitive edge the rooms are also furnished with a 46-inch tv for guests to chill out after a hard session gaming and if that's not enough the hotel's lobby features a large gaming arena for larger groups

    putting gaming consoles in hotel rooms may lead to positive benefits besides relaxing and getting away from it all one study analysed data from over 12000 high school students in australia researchers found that students who played online games almost every day scored 15 points above average in maths and reading tests and 17 points above average in science a columbia university study indicated that gaming by 6-to-11-year-olds greatly increased their chance of "high intellectual functioning and overall school competence" however critics of gaming warn of the harmful effects of gaming because of depictions of violence sexual themes alcohol tobacco drugs and profanity

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    Free writing

    Write about gamers for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Gaming is a great activity to do in your free time. 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 news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. GAMING: Make a poster about gaming. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. HOTELS: Write a magazine article about gaming hotels. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against them.

    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 hotels. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make hotels better. 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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