The Reading / Listening - Hidden Cameras - Level 1

A family were shocked when they stayed at a hotel. There was a hidden camera in their room. It was live-streaming them. The father was an IT security worker. He knew about wifi networks. He scanned the hotel's network and saw a device called "IP camera". This was not his or his wife's. He became suspicious. He said: "I could see the live-stream video of myself. I had this horrible feeling that we were being watched."



The man found the camera in a smoke detector in the ceiling. He complained to Airbnb but got no advice. He said Airbnb did not think the hidden camera was a problem. Airbnb later said this was a mistake and apologized. It said the privacy of its guests was very important. It does not allow hidden cameras in its hotels. Hidden cameras are becoming a problem worldwide. Last year, two men were arrested for secretly filming 1,600 guests in hotels in Korea.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Hidden Cameras - Level 0 Hidden Cameras - Level 2   or  Hidden Cameras - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/couple-says-they-found-camera-hidden-smoke-detector-airbnb-ireland-n991671
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3005000/shocking-family-holiday-finds-hidden-camera-smoke-detector-their
  • https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12220091


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. shocked when they stayed
  2. a hidden
  3. He knew about wifi
  4. He scanned the
  5. He became
  6. see the live-stream video
  7. I had this horrible
  8. we were being
  1. feeling
  2. networks
  3. of myself
  4. watched
  5. at a hotel
  6. hotel's network
  7. camera
  8. suspicious

Paragraph 2

  1. a smoke
  2. He complained
  3. this was a
  4. the privacy of its
  5. It does not allow hidden
  6. becoming a problem
  7. arrested for
  8. guests
  1. secretly filming
  2. detector
  3. in hotels
  4. worldwide
  5. guests
  6. mistake
  7. cameras
  8. to Airbnb

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A family were shocked when (1) ___________________ a hotel. There was a hidden camera (2) ___________________. It was live-streaming them. The father (3) ___________________ security worker. He knew about wifi networks. He scanned the hotel's network and (4) ___________________ called "IP camera". This was not his or his wife's. (5) ___________________. He said: "I could see the live-stream video of myself. I had this horrible feeling that (6) ___________________ watched."

The man found the camera (7) ___________________ detector in the ceiling. He complained to Airbnb but (8) ___________________. He said Airbnb did not think the hidden camera was a problem. Airbnb later said this (9) ___________________ and apologized. It said the privacy of its guests was very important. It (10) ___________________ hidden cameras in its hotels. Hidden (11) ___________________ a problem worldwide. Last year, two men (12) ___________________ secretly filming 1,600 guests in hotels in Korea.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Afamilywereshockedwhentheystayedatahotel.Therewasahiddenca
meraintheirroom.Itwaslive-streamingthem.ThefatherwasanITsec
urityworker.Heknewaboutwifinetworks.Hescannedthehotel'snetwo
rkandsawadevicecalled"IPcamera".Thiswasnothisorhiswife's.Hebec
amesuspicious.Hesaid:"Icouldseethelive-streamvideoofmyself.Iha
dthishorriblefeelingthatwewerebeingwatched."Themanfoundtheca
merainasmokedetectorintheceiling.HecomplainedtoAirbnbbutgotn
oadvice.HesaidAirbnbdidnotthinkthehiddencamerawasaproblem.Ai
rbnblatersaidthiswasamistakeandapologized.Itsaidtheprivacyofitsg
uestswasveryimportant.ItdoesnotallowhiddencamerasinitshotelsHi
ddencamerasarebecomingaproblemworldwide.Lastyear,twomenwe
rearrestedforsecretlyfilming1,600guestsinhotelsinKorea.

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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