The Reading / Listening - Hidden Cameras - Level 3

A family from New Zealand had a shock when they stayed at a hotel in Ireland. There was a hidden camera in their hotel room. The camera was live-streaming their actions over the Internet to the world. The father in the family was an IT security consultant. He was an expert on wifi networks. When he was in his room, he scanned the wifi network at the hotel. He noticed there was one device called "IP camera". This device did not belong to him or his wife, so he became suspicious. He was able to find the live-stream from the camera on the hotel's network. He said: "I could see the live-stream video of myself looking at my phone. I had this horrible, sinking feeling that we were being watched."



The man finally found the camera hidden in a smoke detector in the ceiling of his hotel room. He immediately contacted the company Airbnb to complain. He said Airbnb did not give him any advice about what to do. He said Airbnb did not seem to think the hidden camera was a problem. Airbnb later said they had made a mistake and apologized to the man and his family. It said: "The safety and privacy of our community is our priority. We strictly prohibit hidden cameras in hotels." Hidden cameras in hotel rooms are becoming a problem around the world. Last year, two South Korean men were arrested for secretly filming 1,600 guests in "love hotels". These are where couples go for a "romantic" time.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Hidden Cameras - Level 0 Hidden Cameras - Level 1   or  Hidden Cameras - Level 2

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


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Warm-ups

1. WIFI: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about wifi. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       family / shock / streaming / security / network / device / suspicious / phone / video /
       smoke detector / company / advice / problem / community / privacy / filming / romantic
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. TECHNOLOGY: Students A strongly believe technology is dangerous; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HOTELS: How can hotels be improved? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Without Technology

With Technology

Check-in

 

 

Room Service

 

 

Bathrooms

 

 

Rooms

 

 

Lobby

 

 

Elevators

 

 

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5. SECURITY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "security". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CAMERAS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best cameras at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • underwater camera
  • traffic camera
  • night-vision camera
  • webcam
  • smartphone cameras
  • movie cameras
  • CCTV cameras
  • Polaroid cameras

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. shock a. A person who provides expert advice professionally.
      2. hidden b. A sudden upsetting or surprising event or experience.
      3. consultant c. A person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
      4. expert d. A thing made or adapted for a particular purpose, especially a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment.
      5. device e. Kept out of sight so no one could see it.
      6. suspicious f. Very, very unpleasant.
      7. horrible g. Making someone have the idea that something or someone is bad, dishonest or dangerous.

    Paragraph 2

      8. finally h. A small machine that finds and tells us that something is wrong.
      9. detector i. Being free from other people looking at you.
      10. advice j. After a long time.
      11. apologized k. Helpful information or guidance given to someone who wants some help.
      12. privacy l. Stop people from doing something.
      13. prohibit m. Said sorry.
      14. arrested n. Taken away by the police.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A family from New Zealand got an electric shock at a hotel.     T / F
  2. The father in the family worked as a hotel chef.     T / F
  3. The father became suspicious of an unknown device in a wifi network.     T / F
  4. The father said he was sinking into lots of mud.     T / F
  5. The camera was hidden inside a smoke detector.     T / F
  6. The hotel company said the hidden camera wasn't a problem.     T / F
  7. The hotel company apologized to the man and his family.     T / F
  8. Last year, 1,600 people secretly filmed two Korean men.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. shock
  2. hidden
  3. expert
  4. noticed
  5. horrible
  6. finally
  7. immediately
  8. apologized
  9. prohibit
  10. couples
  1. specialist
  2. ban
  3. terrible
  4. straight away
  5. concealed
  6. said sorry
  7. surprise
  8. eventually
  9. lovers
  10. saw

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. The camera was live-
  2. there was one device called
  3. This device did not belong to him
  4. he became
  5. I had this horrible, sinking
  6. found the camera hidden
  7. He immediately contacted
  8. The safety and privacy
  9. We strictly prohibit
  10. men were arrested for secretly
  1. feeling
  2. filming 1,600 guests
  3. in a smoke detector
  4. of our community
  5. or his wife
  6. the company Airbnb
  7. streaming their actions
  8. hidden cameras
  9. suspicious
  10. "IP camera"

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
suspicious
shock
feeling
scanned
hidden
network
device
consultant

A family from New Zealand had a (1) ____________ when they stayed at a hotel in Ireland. There was a (2) ____________ camera in their hotel room. The camera was live-streaming their actions over the Internet to the world. The father in the family was an IT security (3) ____________. He was an expert on wifi networks. When he was in his room, he (4) ____________ the wifi network at the hotel. He noticed there was one (5) ____________ called "IP camera". This device did not belong to him or his wife, so he became (6) ____________. He was able to find the live-stream from the camera on the hotel's (7) ____________. He said: "I could see the live-stream video of myself looking at my phone. I had this horrible, sinking (8) ____________ that we were being watched."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
advice
smoke
arrested
privacy
immediately
couples
becoming
mistake

The man finally found the camera hidden in a (9) ____________ detector in the ceiling of his hotel room. He (10) ____________ contacted the company Airbnb to complain. He said Airbnb did not give him any (11) ____________ about what to do. He said Airbnb did not seem to think the hidden camera was a problem. Airbnb later said they had made a (12) ____________ and apologized to the man and his family. It said: "The safety and (13) ____________ of our community is our priority. We strictly prohibit hidden cameras in hotels." Hidden cameras in hotel rooms are (14) ____________ a problem around the world. Last year, two South Korean men were (15) ____________ for secretly filming 1,600 guests in "love hotels". These are where (16) ____________ go for a "romantic" time.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A family from New Zealand had a shock when they ______ hotel
     a.  stayed that a
     b.  stay at a
     c.  stay data
     d.  stayed at a
2)  The father in the family was an ______ consultant
     a.  eye teeth security
     b.  IT secure it
     c.  IT security
     d.  eye teeth secretly
3)  He noticed there was _______ called "IP camera"
     a.  won device
     b.  on device
     c.  one device
     d.  wonder vice
4)  This device did not belong to him or his wife, so he ______
     a.  become suspicious
     b.  became suspicious
     c.  became suspiciously
     d.  became suspicion
5)  I had this horrible, sinking feeling that we ______ watched
     a.  were being
     b.  were been
     c.  were be in
     d.  were being in

6)  The man finally found the camera hidden in a ______
     a.  smoked detector
     b.  smoky detector
     c.  smoke detector
     d.  smoker detector
7)  He immediately contacted the company Airbnb ______
     a.  too complain
     b.  to complains
     c.  to complaining
     d.  to complain
8)  The safety and privacy of our community ______
     a.  is sour prioritize
     b.  is our priority
     c.  is our priorities
     d.  is sour priority
9)  Hidden cameras in hotel rooms are ______ problem
     a.  becoming a
     b.  become in a
     c.  becoming the
     d.  bee coming a
10)  two South Korean men were arrested for ______
     a.  secretly film in
     b.  secret leaf filming
     c.  secretly filming
     d.  see Crete Lee filming

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A family from New Zealand had a shock when they stayed at a hotel in Ireland. There was (1) ___________________ in their hotel room. The camera was live-streaming (2) ___________________ the Internet to the world. The father in the family was an (3) ___________________. He was an expert on wifi networks. When he was in his room, he scanned the wifi network at the hotel. He noticed there (4) ___________________ called "IP camera". This device did not belong to him or his wife, so (5) ___________________. He was able to find the live-stream from the camera on the hotel's network. He said: "I could see the live-stream video of myself looking at my phone. I had this horrible, (6) ___________________ we were being watched."

The man finally found the camera hidden in (7) ___________________ in the ceiling of his hotel room. He immediately contacted the company Airbnb to complain. He said Airbnb did not give (8) ___________________ about what to do. He said Airbnb did not seem to think the hidden camera (9) ___________________. Airbnb later said they had made a mistake and apologized to the man and his family. It said: "The (10) ___________________ of our community is our priority. We strictly prohibit hidden cameras in hotels." Hidden cameras in hotel rooms (11) ___________________ problem around the world. Last year, two South Korean men were arrested (12) ___________________ 1,600 guests in "love hotels". These are where couples go for a "romantic" time.

Comprehension questions

  1. In what country was the hotel the family stayed in?
  2. What industry does the family's father work in?
  3. What did the father scan?
  4. What was the name of a device the father found?
  5. What did the man have a horrible feeling about?
  6. Where did someone hide the camera?
  7. What is the name of the company that said sorry to the family?
  8. What did the company say was a priority for its community?
  9. What is becoming a problem around the world?
  10. How many guests were secretly filmed at Korean love hotels?




Multiple choice quiz

1) In what country was the hotel the family stayed in?
a) New Zealand
b) Iceland
c) United Kingdom
d) Ireland
2) What industry does the family's father work in?
a) telecommunications
b) IT
c) tourism
d) the hotel industry
3) What did the father scan?
a) the view
b) a barcode
c) his holiday photos
d) the hotel's wifi network
4) What was the name of a device the father found?
a) IP phone
b) IT camera
c) IP camera
d) IT phone
5) What did the man have a horrible feeling about?
a) a company
b) technology
c) radio waves
d) being watched

6) Where did someone hide the camera?
a) in a TV
b) in a fan
c) in a smoke detector
d) in a painting
7) What is the name of the company that said sorry to the family?
a) Airbnb
b) Hilton
c) Happy Stays
d) Hotels Global
8) What did the company say was a priority for its community?
a) clean rooms
b) high-speed Internet
c) security and privacy
d) happiness and comfort
9) What is becoming a problem around the world?
a) mistakes
b) hidden cameras
c) wifi
d) companies with bad service
10) How many guests were secretly filmed at Korean love hotels?
a) 1,600
b) 160
c) 160,000
d) 16,000

Role play

Role  A – Smartphone Cameras
You think smartphone cameras are the best cameras. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their cameras. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these of these (and why): webcams, movie cameras or underwater cameras.

Role  B – Webcams
You think webcams are the best cameras. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their cameras. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these of these (and why): smartphone cameras, movie cameras or underwater cameras.

Role  C – Movie Cameras
You think movie cameras are the best cameras. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their cameras. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these of these (and why): webcams, smartphone cameras or underwater cameras.

Role  D – Underwater Cameras
You think underwater cameras are the best cameras. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their cameras. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these of these (and why): webcams, movie cameras or smartphone cameras.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'hotel'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'room'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • ceiling
    • immediately
    • advice
    • mistake
    • arrested
    • couples
    • shock
    • actions
    • expert
    • belong
    • able
    • feeling




    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 - Hidden camera in hotel room films family

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'hotel'?
    3. When was the last time you had a shock?
    4. What do you think of hotels?
    5. What's the best hotel you've ever stayed at?
    6. Do you ever worry about hidden cameras watching you?
    7. What would you do if you found a live-stream of yourself?
    8. Is there too much technology in our life?
    9. Why do you think the hotel had a hidden camera?
    10. How do you feel about being watched in towns and cities?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'camera'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Have you ever wanted to use a hidden camera?
    5. What do you know about the company Airbnb?
    6. What should the company do to compensate the family?
    7. How can we deal with the problem of hidden cameras?
    8. What do you use cameras for?
    9. What advice do you have for people staying in hotels?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the father?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A family from New Zealand had a (1) ____ when they stayed at a hotel in Ireland. There was a hidden camera in their hotel room. The camera was live-streaming their actions (2) ____ the Internet to the world. The father in the family was an IT security consultant. He was an expert (3) ____ wifi networks. When he was in his room, he (4) ____ the wifi network at the hotel. He noticed there was (5) ____ device called "IP camera". This device did not belong to him or his wife, so he became suspicious. He was able to find the live-stream from the camera on the hotel's network. He said: "I could see the live-stream video of myself looking at my phone. I had this horrible, sinking feeling (6) ____ we were being watched."

    The man (7) ____ found the camera hidden in a smoke detector in the ceiling of his hotel room. He immediately contacted the company Airbnb to complain. He said Airbnb did not give him any (8) ____ about what to do. He said Airbnb did not seem to think the hidden camera was a problem. Airbnb later said they had made a mistake and apologized (9) ____ the man and his family. It said: "The safety and privacy of our community is our priority. We (10) ____ prohibit hidden cameras in hotels." Hidden cameras in hotel rooms are becoming a problem around the world. Last year, two South Korean men were (11) ____ for secretly filming 1,600 guests in "love hotels". (12) ____ are where couples go for a "romantic" time.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     shock     (b)     stock     (c)     sock     (d)     smock    
    2. (a)     under     (b)     into     (c)     over     (d)     up    
    3. (a)     by     (b)     as     (c)     on     (d)     to    
    4. (a)     skinned     (b)     skimmed     (c)     scammed     (d)     scanned    
    5. (a)     one     (b)     once     (c)     only     (d)     on    
    6. (a)     what     (b)     that     (c)     this     (d)     there    
    7. (a)     thinly     (b)     finale     (c)     final     (d)     finally    
    8. (a)     advise     (b)     advice     (c)     avarice     (d)     vice    
    9. (a)     at     (b)     of     (c)     to     (d)     by    
    10. (a)     strychnine     (b)     strictness     (c)     strict     (d)     strictly    
    11. (a)     arresting     (b)     arrests     (c)     arrest     (d)     arrested    
    12. (a)     There     (b)     These     (c)     Them     (d)     That

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    1  ) A family from New Zealand had a shock when they stayed at a hotel in Ireland. There was a hidden camera in
    (...)  family. It said: "The safety and privacy of our community is our priority. We strictly prohibit hidden cameras
    (...)  room, he scanned the wifi network at the hotel. He noticed there was one device called "IP camera". This device
    (...)  problem. Airbnb later said they had made a mistake and apologized to the man and his
    (...)  contacted the company Airbnb to complain. He said Airbnb did not give him any
    (...)  family was an IT security consultant. He was an expert on wifi networks. When he was in his
    (...)  of myself looking at my phone. I had this horrible, sinking feeling that we were being watched."
    (...)  their hotel room. The camera was live-streaming their actions over the Internet to the world. The father in the
    (...)  did not belong to him or his wife, so he became suspicious. He was able to find the live-stream
    (...)  in hotels." Hidden cameras in hotel rooms are becoming a problem around the world. Last year, two South Korean men were
    (...)  arrested for secretly filming 1,600 guests in "love hotels". These are where couples go for a "romantic" time.
    (...)  The man finally found the camera hidden in a smoke detector in the ceiling of his hotel room. He immediately
    (...)  from the camera on the hotel's network. He said: "I could see the live-stream video
    (...)  advice about what to do. He said Airbnb did not seem to think the hidden camera was a

    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The man finally / final found the camera hidden in a smoke detractor / detector in the ceiling of his hotel room. He immediately conducted / contacted the company Airbnb to complain. He said Airbnb did not give him any advice / advise about what to do. He said Airbnb did not seem to think the hidden camera was a problem. Airbnb later said they had done / made a mistake and apologized to the man and his family. It said: "The safety and private / privacy of our community is our priority. We strict / strictly prohibit hidden cameras in hotels." Hidden cameras in hotel rooms are becoming a problem aground / around the world. Last year, two South Korean men were arrested for secretly filming 1,600 gusts / guests in "love hotels". These are where couples go for a "romantic" times / time.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    T h_  m_n   f_n_l l y   f__ n d   t h_  c_m_r_  h_d d_n  _n  _  s m_k_  d_t_c t_r  _n   t h_  c__ l_n g  _f   h_s   h_t_l   r__ m .   H_ _m m_d__ t_l y   c_n t_c t_d   t h_  c_m p_n y   A_r b n b   t_  c_m p l__ n .   H_  s__ d   A_r b n b   d_d   n_t   g_v_  h_m  _n y  _d v_c_ _b__ t   w h_t   t_  d_.   H_  s__ d   A_r b n b   d_d   n_t   s__ m   t_  t h_n k   t h_  h_d d_n   c_m_r_  w_s  _  p r_b l_m .   A_r b n b   l_t_r   s__ d   t h_y   h_d   m_d_ _  m_s t_k_ _n d  _p_l_g_z_d   t_  t h_  m_n  _n d   h_s   f_m_l y .   I t   s__ d :   " T h_  s_f_t y  _n d   p r_v_c y  _f  __ r   c_m m_n_t y  _s  __ r   p r__ r_t y .   W_  s t r_c t l y   p r_h_b_t   h_d d_n   c_m_r_s  _n   h_t_l s . "   H_d d_n   c_m_r_s  _n   h_t_l   r__ m s  _r_  b_c_m_n g  _  p r_b l_m  _r__ n d   t h_  w_r l d .   L_s t   y__ r ,   t w_  S__ t h   K_r__ n   m_n   w_r_ _r r_s t_d   f_r   s_c r_t l y   f_l m_n g   1 , 6 0 0   g__ s t s  _n   " l_v_  h_t_l s " .   T h_s_ _r_  w h_r_  c__ p l_s   g_  f_r  _  " r_m_n t_c "   t_m_.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a family from new zealand had a shock when they stayed at a hotel in ireland there was a hidden camera in their hotel room the camera was livestreaming their actions over the internet to the world the father in the family was an it security consultant he was an expert on wifi networks when he was in his room he scanned the wifi network at the hotel he noticed there was one device called ip camera this device did not belong to him or his wife so he became suspicious he was able to find the livestream from the camera on the hotels network he said i could see the livestream video of myself looking at my phone i had this horrible sinking feeling that we were being watched

    the man finally found the camera hidden in a smoke detector in the ceiling of his hotel room he immediately contacted the company airbnb to complain he said airbnb did not give him any advice about what to do he said airbnb did not seem to think the hidden camera was a problem airbnb later said they had made a mistake and apologized to the man and his family it said the safety and privacy of our community is our priority we strictly prohibit hidden cameras in hotels hidden cameras in hotel rooms are becoming a problem around the world last year two south korean men were arrested for secretly filming 1600 guests in love hotels these are where couples go for a romantic time

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AfamilyfromNewZealandhadashockwhentheystayedatahotelinIrela
    nd.Therewasahiddencameraintheirhotelroom.Thecamerawaslive-
    streamingtheiractionsovertheInternettotheworld.Thefatherinthefa
    milywasanITsecurityconsultant.Hewasanexpertonwifinetworks.Wh
    enhewasinhisroom,hescannedthewifinetworkatthehotel.Henoticedt
    herewasonedevicecalled"IPcamera".Thisdevicedidnotbelongtohimo
    rhiswife,sohebecamesuspicious.Hewasabletofindthelive-streamfr
    omthecameraonthehotel'snetwork.Hesaid:"Icouldseethelive-strea
    mvideoofmyselflookingatmyphone.Ihadthishorrible,sinkingfeelingt
    hatwewerebeingwatched."Themanfinallyfoundthecamerahiddenina
    smokedetectorintheceilingofhishotelroom.Heimmediatelycontacte
    dthecompanyAirbnbtocomplain.HesaidAirbnbdidnotgivehimanyadv
    iceaboutwhattodo.HesaidAirbnbdidnotseemtothinkthehiddencamer
    awasaproblem.Airbnblatersaidtheyhadmadeamistakeandapologize
    dtothemanandhisfamily.Itsaid:"Thesafetyandprivacyofourcommun
    ityisourpriority.Westrictlyprohibithiddencamerasinhotels."Hiddenc
    amerasinhotelroomsarebecomingaproblemaroundtheworld.Lastye
    ar,twoSouthKoreanmenwerearrestedforsecretlyfilming1,600guest
    sin"lovehotels".Thesearewherecouplesgofora"romantic"time.

    Free writing

    Write about hidden camera for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of hidden cameras?

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. CAMERAS: Make a poster about cameras. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CAMERAS LIMITERS: Write a magazine article about requiring all cars to be fitted with a cameras limiter. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on hidden cameras. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to stay safe. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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