The Reading / Listening - Hidden Cameras - Level 2

A family had a shock when they stayed at a hotel. There was a hidden camera in their room. The camera was live-streaming them over the Internet. The father in the family was an IT security worker. He was an expert on wifi networks. He scanned the wifi network at the hotel. He saw one device called "IP camera". This did not belong to him or his wife, so he became suspicious. He found the live-stream from the camera on the hotel's network. 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 hidden in a smoke detector in the ceiling. He contacted the company Airbnb to complain. The company did not give him any advice. He said Airbnb did not think the hidden camera was a problem. Airbnb later said they made a mistake and apologized to the man. It said: "The safety and privacy of our community is our priority. We strictly prohibit hidden cameras in hotels." Hidden cameras in hotels are becoming a problem worldwide. Last year, two men were arrested for secretly filming 1,600 guests in "love hotels" in South Korea.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Hidden Cameras - Level 0 Hidden Cameras - Level 1   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. A family had a shock when they
  2. There was a hidden camera
  3. an IT security
  4. He was an expert
  5. He scanned the wifi network
  6. This did not belong
  7. I could see the live-
  8. I had this horrible
  1. on wifi
  2. to him
  3. feeling
  4. at the hotel
  5. stream video
  6. worker
  7. stayed at a hotel
  8. in their room

Paragraph 2

  1. in a smoke
  2. He contacted
  3. apologized
  4. The safety and privacy of our
  5. We strictly prohibit
  6. becoming a problem
  7. two men were
  8. secretly filming
  1. arrested
  2. detector
  3. hidden cameras
  4. 1,600 guests
  5. worldwide
  6. to the man
  7. community
  8. the company

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A family had a shock when they (1) ___________________ hotel. There was a hidden camera (2) ___________________. The camera was live-streaming them over the Internet. The father in the family was an (3) ___________________. He was an expert on wifi networks. He scanned the wifi network at the hotel. He saw one device called "IP camera". This did (4) ___________________ him or his wife, so he became suspicious. He found the live-stream from (5) ___________________ the hotel's network. He said: "I could see the live-stream video of myself. I had (6) ___________________ that we were being watched."

The man found the camera hidden (7) ___________________ detector in the ceiling. He contacted the company Airbnb to complain. The company did not give (8) ___________________. He said Airbnb did not think the hidden camera was a problem. Airbnb later said they (9) ___________________ and apologized to the man. It said: "The (10) ___________________ of our community is our priority. We strictly prohibit hidden cameras in hotels." Hidden cameras in hotels are becoming (11) ___________________. Last year, two men were arrested (12) ___________________ 1,600 guests in "love hotels" in South Korea.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Afamilyhadashockwhentheystayedatahotel.Therewasahiddencame
raintheirroom.Thecamerawaslive-streamingthemovertheInternet.
ThefatherinthefamilywasanITsecurityworker.Hewasanexpertonwifi
networks.Hescannedthewifinetworkatthehotel.Hesawonedevicecall
ed"IPcamera".Thisdidnotbelongtohimorhiswife,sohebecamesuspici
ous.Hefoundthelive-streamfromthecameraonthehotel'snetwork.H
esaid:"Icouldseethelive-streamvideoofmyself.Ihadthishorriblefe
elingthatwewerebeingwatched."Themanfoundthecamerahiddenina
smokedetectorintheceiling.HecontactedthecompanyAirbnbtocompl
ain.Thecompanydidnotgivehimanyadvice.HesaidAirbnbdidnotthink
thehiddencamerawasaproblem.Airbnblatersaidtheymadeamistake
andapologizedtotheman.Itsaid:"Thesafetyandprivacyofourcommu
nityisourpriority.Westrictlyprohibithiddencamerasinhotels."Hidden
camerasinhotelsarebecomingaproblemworldwide.Lastyear,twome
nwerearrestedforsecretlyfilming1,600guestsin"lovehotels"inSouth
Korea.

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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