The Reading / Listening - Alexa - Level 2

Technology is giving us more help with our healthcare. We can now ask the digital device Alexa for advice about our health. Alexa is a virtual assistant created by Amazon.com. It can listen to people and answer their questions. It can talk to people, make to-do lists, play music when asked to, and tell us the latest news. Now Alexa can answer our health questions. Amazon has teamed up with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK to add health advice to Alexa. Alexa will search the NHS website for information and find an answer that is agreed on by health experts.



Alexa's new health advice function has had a mixed response. The UK Health Secretary said it is, "a great example of how people can access reliable, world-leading advice" from their home. He said it will reduce the pressure on hardworking doctors and pharmacists. He wants to let patients take more control of their healthcare. Other people say we must be careful about trusting software for health advice. They say we must see a doctor for serious health problems. Other people are worried about privacy and 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 1   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 giving us
  2. We can now ask the digital
  3. Alexa is a virtual
  4. listen to people and answer
  5. make to-
  6. tell us the latest
  7. search the NHS website
  8. agreed on by health
  1. their questions
  2. news
  3. for information
  4. do lists
  5. experts
  6. device Alexa
  7. more help
  8. assistant

Paragraph 2

  1. had a mixed
  2. reduce the pressure on
  3. take more control
  4. be careful about trusting
  5. see a doctor for serious
  6. people are worried about
  7. a data protection
  8. waiting to
  1. happen
  2. software
  3. disaster
  4. hardworking doctors
  5. privacy and hacking
  6. response
  7. of their healthcare
  8. health problems

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Technology is giving (1) ___________________ with our healthcare. We can now ask the digital device Alexa (2) ___________________ our health. Alexa is a virtual assistant created by Amazon.com. It can listen to (3) ___________________ their questions. It can talk to people, make to-do lists, play music when asked to, and tell us (4) ___________________. Now Alexa can answer our health questions. Amazon has teamed up with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK (5) ___________________ advice to Alexa. Alexa will search the NHS website for information and find an answer that is agreed on (6) ___________________ perts.

Alexa's new health advice function has had (1) ___________________. The UK Health Secretary said it is, "a great example of how people (2) ___________________, world-leading advice" from their home. He said it will (3) ___________________ on hardworking doctors and pharmacists. He wants to let patients take (4) ___________________ their healthcare. Other people say we (5) ___________________ about trusting software for health advice. They say we must see a doctor for serious health problems. Other people () ___________________ privacy and hacking. A privacy group said Alexa is, "a data protection (6) ___________________ happen".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Technologyisgivingusmorehelpwithourhealthcare.Wecannowaskth
edigitaldeviceAlexaforadviceaboutourhealth.Alexaisavirtualassista
ntcreatedbyAmazon.com.Itcanlistentopeopleandanswertheirquesti
ons.Itcantalktopeople,maketo-dolists,playmusicwhenaskedto,andt
ellusthelatestnews.NowAlexacananswerourhealthquestions.Amazo
nhasteamedupwiththeNationalHealthService(NHS)intheUKtoaddhe
althadvicetoAlexa.AlexawillsearchtheNHSwebsiteforinformationan
dfindananswerthatisagreedonbyhealthexperts.Alexa'snewhealthad
vicefunctionhashadamixedresponse.TheUKHealthSecretarysaiditis,
"agreatexampleofhowpeoplecanaccessreliable,world-leadingadvic
e"fromtheirhome.Hesaiditwillreducethepressureonhardworkingdoc
torsandpharmacists.Hewantstoletpatientstakemorecontroloftheirh
ealthcare.Otherpeoplesaywemustbecarefulabouttrustingsoftwaref
orhealthadvice.Theysaywemustseeadoctorforserioushealthproble
ms.Otherpeopleareworriedaboutprivacyandhacking.Aprivacygroup
saidAlexais,"adataprotectiondisasterwaitingtohappen".

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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