The Reading / Listening - Lie Detector Tests - Level 0

Some European airports will soon use lie detector tests. They are part of an EU project called i-BorderControl. Travellers from outside the EU will take the test. Passengers will look into a webcam and answer questions. A virtual border guard will ask the questions. It will use the language the traveller speaks.



The EU said the virtual border guard will scan passengers' faces to find out if a passenger is lying. Low-risk travellers will get questions on basic information; higher-risk passengers will get more detailed questions. An expert said the lie detector might not work. He said people change their behaviour in front of a lie detector.

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Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2018/11/02/airports-trying-out-lie-detector-tests-passengers/1856580002/
  • https://www.pcmag.com/news/364741/eu-testing-ai-lie-detectors-at-border-crossings
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/02/eu-border-lie-detection-system-criticised-as-pseudoscience


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Some European
  2. use lie detector
  3. They are part of
  4. Travellers from
  5. take the
  6. Passengers will look into
  7. ask the
  8. the language the traveller
  1. test
  2. an EU project
  3. speaks
  4. questions
  5. airports
  6. outside the EU
  7. tests
  8. a webcam

Paragraph 2

  1. the virtual border
  2. scan passengers'
  3. find out if a passenger
  4. higher-
  5. more detailed
  6. An expert said the lie detector
  7. people change their
  8. in front
  1. might not work
  2. is lying
  3. of a lie detector
  4. faces
  5. behaviour
  6. risk passengers
  7. questions
  8. guard

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Some European airports (1) ___________________ lie detector tests. They are (2) ___________________ EU project called i-BorderControl. Travellers (3) ___________________ EU will take the test. Passengers (4) ___________________ a webcam and answer questions. (5) ___________________ guard will ask the questions. It will use the language (6) ___________________.

The EU said the virtual border (7) ___________________ passengers' faces to (8) ___________________ a passenger is lying. Low-risk travellers (9) ___________________ on basic information; (10) ___________________ will get more detailed questions. An expert (11) ___________________ detector might not work. He said people change their behaviour (12) ___________________ a lie detector.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SomeEuropeanairportswillsoonuseliedetectortests.Theyarepartofa
nEUprojectcalledi-BorderControl.TravellersfromoutsidetheEUwillta
kethetest.Passengerswilllookintoawebcamandanswerquestions.Avi
rtualborderguardwillaskthequestions.Itwillusethelanguagethetrave
llerspeaks.TheEUsaidthevirtualborderguardwillscanpassengers'fac
estofindoutifapassengerislying.Low-risktravellerswillgetquestionso
nbasicinformation;higher-riskpassengerswillgetmoredetailedquesti
ons.Anexpertsaidtheliedetectormightnotwork.Hesaidpeoplechange
theirbehaviourinfrontofaliedetector.

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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Free writing

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