The Reading / Listening - Lie Detector Tests - Level 1

European airports will soon use lie detector tests. Lie detector machines will use artificial intelligence. They are part of an EU project called i-BorderControl. The machines will be tested in Hungary, Greece and Latvia. Travellers from outside the EU will take the test. They will look into a webcam and answer questions. A computer-generated officer will ask the questions. It will look like the race of the traveller and use the traveller's language.



The EU said the virtual border guard will scan passengers' faces to find out if the passenger is lying. A human will take over if the lie-detector thinks a passenger is lying. Low-risk travellers will get questions on basic information; higher-risk passengers will get more detailed questions. A psychology expert said the system might not work. He said people change their behaviour when a lie detector asks them questions.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Lie Detector Tests - Level 0 Lie Detector Tests - Level 2   or  Lie Detector Tests - Level 3

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. European airports will soon use
  2. artificial
  3. They are part of
  4. The machines will
  5. Travellers from outside the
  6. take the
  7. They will look into a
  8. use the traveller's
  1. an EU project
  2. webcam
  3. language
  4. test
  5. intelligence
  6. lie detector tests
  7. EU
  8. be tested

Paragraph 2

  1. scan passengers'
  2. the lie-detector thinks a
  3. get questions on basic
  4. get more detailed
  5. A psychology
  6. the system might
  7. He said people change
  8. a lie detector asks
  1. not work
  2. faces
  3. them questions
  4. expert
  5. passenger is lying
  6. their behaviour
  7. questions
  8. information

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

European airports will (1) ___________________ detector tests. Lie detector machines (2) ___________________ intelligence. They are part of an (3) ___________________ i-BorderControl. The machines will be tested in Hungary, Greece and Latvia. Travellers (4) ___________________ EU will take the test. They will look into a webcam (5) ___________________. A computer-generated officer will ask the questions. It will look (6) ___________________ of the traveller and use the traveller's language.

The EU said (7) ___________________ guard will scan passengers' faces to find (8) ___________________ passenger is lying. A human will (9) ___________________ the lie-detector thinks a passenger is lying. Low-risk travellers will get (10) ___________________ information; higher-risk passengers will get more detailed questions. A psychology (11) ___________________ system might not work. He said people change their behaviour when a lie detector (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Europeanairportswillsoonuseliedetectortests.Liedetectormachines
willuseartificialintelligence.TheyarepartofanEUprojectcalledi-Bord
erControl.ThemachineswillbetestedinHungary,GreeceandLatvia.Tr
avellersfromoutsidetheEUwilltakethetest.Theywilllookintoawebcam
andanswerquestions.Acomputer-generatedofficerwillaskthequesti
ons.Itwilllookliketheraceofthetravellerandusethetraveller'slanguag
e.TheEUsaidthevirtualborderguardwillscanpassengers'facestofindo
utifthepassengerislying.Ahumanwilltakeoverifthelie-detectorthin
ksapassengerislying.Low-risktravellerswillgetquestionsonbasicin
formation;higher-riskpassengerswillgetmoredetailedquestions.Aps
ychologyexpertsaidthesystemmightnotwork.Hesaidpeoplechanget
heirbehaviourwhenaliedetectorasksthemquestions.

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.

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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)

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Free writing

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