The Reading / Listening - Alexa - Level 1

Technology is helping us more with healthcare. We can now ask the digital device Alexa about our health. Alexa is a virtual assistant from Amazon. It listens to and answers questions. It can talk to people, make to-do lists, play music, and tell us the latest news. Now it can give health advice. Amazon teamed up with the UK's National Health Service (NHS). Alexa will search the NHS website for information and give answers that are agreed on by doctors.



The UK said it was great that people can get good advice from their home, and that it would reduce the pressure on doctors. It wants to let patients take more control of their health. Not everyone likes the new health function. Some people say we must be careful about using Alexa for health advice and should see a doctor for serious health problems. Other people are worried about hacking. A privacy group said Alexa is, "a data protection disaster waiting to happen".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Alexa - Level 0 Alexa - Level 2   or  Alexa - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9473561/amazon-alexa-health-queries-nhs/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/health-48925345
  • https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/10/nhs-teams-up-with-amazon-to-bring-alexa-to-patients


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. Technology is helping
  2. We can now ask the
  3. Alexa is a virtual
  4. It listens to and
  5. It can talk
  6. make to-
  7. search the NHS website
  8. give answers that are agreed
  1. answers questions
  2. do lists
  3. for information
  4. to people
  5. on by doctors
  6. digital device
  7. us more
  8. assistant

Paragraph 2

  1. get good advice
  2. It wants to let patients take
  3. Not everyone likes the new
  4. be careful
  5. see a doctor for serious
  6. people are worried about
  7. a data
  8. waiting to
  1. health problems
  2. from their home
  3. protection disaster
  4. health function
  5. happen
  6. more control
  7. about using Alexa
  8. hacking

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Technology (1) ___________________ more with healthcare. We can now ask the digital device Alexa (2) ___________________. Alexa is a virtual assistant from Amazon. It (3) ___________________ answers questions. It can talk to people, make to-do lists, play music, and tell us (4) ___________________. Now it can give health advice. Amazon (5) ___________________ the UK's National Health Service (NHS). Alexa will search the NHS website for information and give answers that (6) ___________________ by doctors.

The UK said it (7) ___________________ people can get good advice from their home, and that (8) ___________________ the pressure on doctors. It wants to let patients take more control (9) ___________________. Not everyone likes the new health function. Some people say we (10) ___________________ about using Alexa for health advice and should see a doctor for serious health problems. Other people (11) ___________________ hacking. A privacy group said Alexa is, "a (12) ___________________ waiting to happen".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ldeviceAlexaaboutourhealth.AlexaisavirtualassistantfromAmazon.I
tlistenstoandanswersquestions.Itcantalktopeople,maketo-dolists,p
laymusic,andtellusthelatestnews.Nowitcangivehealthadvice.Amazo
nteamedupwiththeUK'sNationalHealthService(NHS).Alexawillsearc
htheNHSwebsiteforinformationandgiveanswersthatareagreedonby
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tientstakemorecontroloftheirhealth.Noteveryonelikesthenewhealth
function.SomepeoplesaywemustbecarefulaboutusingAlexaforhealt
hadviceandshouldseeadoctorforserioushealthproblems.Otherpeopl
eareworriedabouthacking.AprivacygroupsaidAlexais,"adataprotecti
ondisasterwaitingtohappen".

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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Answers

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