The Reading / Listening - Tablet Computers - Level 4

Prisoners in New York State will get free tablet computers. A private communications contractor will give 54,700 tablets to prisoners. The prisoners will get limited online access. They will plug their tablets into special kiosks. Prisoners will be allowed to email approved family and friends. They can also order approved music, books and videos, and write reports of abuse. All of these activities will be carefully checked by prison staff.



Prisoner support services welcomed the project. They said it was a "huge step forward". New York State officials said the tablets would help prisoners stay closer to their families and help smooth relations with guards. Police officers are asking why convicts are getting free tablets. They said it shows that crime pays. One officer said prisoners shouldn't get free tablets when little is done for homeless and mentally ill people who can't afford tablets.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tablet Computers - Level 5 or  Tablet Computers - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/inmates-free-tablets-file-grievances-abuse-article-1.3791849
  • https://nypost.com/2018/01/31/new-york-is-giving-locked-up-killers-rapists-free-tablets/
  • http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/31/inmates-in-new-york-state-prisons-to-receive-free-tablet-computers.html


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. get free tablet
  2. A private communications
  3. prisoners will get limited online
  4. plug their tablets into special
  5. Prisoners will be allowed to
  6. They can also order approved
  7. All of
  8. carefully checked
  1. these activities
  2. kiosks
  3. contractor
  4. by prison staff
  5. computers
  6. email approved family
  7. access
  8. music

Paragraph 2

  1. They said it was a huge
  2. help prisoners stay closer
  3. help smooth relations
  4. Police officers are asking
  5. They said it shows that crime
  6. prisoners shouldn't get
  7. little is done for homeless and
  8. people who can't
  1. mentally ill people
  2. with guards
  3. afford tablets
  4. to their families
  5. why
  6. pays
  7. step forward
  8. free tablets

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Prisoners New York State will get free tablet computers. A private communications (1) ___________________ 54,700 tablets to prisoners. The prisoners will get (2) ___________________. They will plug their tablets into special kiosks. Prisoners will be (3) ___________________ approved family and friends. They can also (4) ___________________, books and videos, and write (5) ___________________. All of these activities will be carefully checked (6) ___________________.

Prisoner (7) ___________________ the project. They said it was a "(8) ___________________". New York State officials said the tablets would help (9) ___________________ to their families and help smooth relations with guards. Police officers are (10) ___________________ are getting free tablets. They said it shows (11) ___________________. One officer said prisoners shouldn't get free tablets when little is done for (12) ___________________ ill people who can't afford tablets.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PrisonersNewYorkStatewillgetfreetabletcomputers.Aprivatecommu
nicationscontractorwillgive54,700tabletstoprisoners.Theprisoners
willgetlimitedonlineaccess.Theywillplugtheirtabletsintospecialkiosk
s.Prisonerswillbeallowedtoemailapprovedfamilyandfriends.Theyca
nalsoorderapprovedmusic,booksandvideos,andwritereportsofabus
e.Alloftheseactivitieswillbecarefullycheckedbyprisonstaff.Prisoners
upportserviceswelcomedtheproject.Theysaiditwasa"hugestepforwa
rd".NewYorkStateofficialssaidthetabletswouldhelpprisonersstayclo
sertotheirfamiliesandhelpsmoothrelationswithguards.Policeofficers
areaskingwhyconvictsaregettingfreetablets.Theysaiditshowsthatcri
mepays.Oneofficersaidprisonersshouldn'tgetfreetabletswhenlittleis
doneforhomelessandmentallyillpeoplewhocan'taffordtablets.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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