The Reading / Listening - Alexa - Level 3

Technology has taken another step in helping us with our healthcare. We can now ask the digital device Alexa for advice if we are worried about our health. Alexa is a virtual assistant created by the website Amazon.com. It is capable of listening to people and answering their questions. As well as voice interaction capabilities, Alexa can make to-do lists, play music upon voice request, and give us the latest news. Now Alexa can answer our health queries. Amazon has linked up with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK to add a health advice capability to the software. Alexa will be able to search the NHS website for information and find an answer that is agreed on by many health experts.



Alexa's new health advice capability has been met with a mixed response. The UK Health Secretary said: "Technology like this is a great example of how people can access reliable, world-leading advice from the comfort of their home, reducing the pressure on our hardworking doctors and pharmacists." He added: "We want to empower every patient to take better control of their healthcare." Other people say we need to be careful about trusting the advice of a piece of software. They say we must go to a human doctor if we have serious health problems. Other people are concerned about privacy. The group Big Brother Watch is worried about hacking. It said: "It's a data protection disaster waiting to happen."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Alexa - Level 0 Alexa - Level 1   or  Alexa - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. HEALTHCARE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about healthcare. 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?
       technology / step / healthcare / virtual / assistant / capabilities / software / experts /
       advice / response / reliable / pharmacists / patient / software / doctor / protection
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ALEXA HEALTHCARE: Students A strongly believe Alexa is a great way of getting healthcare advice; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HEALTH ADVICE: How good are these things at providing health advice? Would you follow this advice? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Good?

Would You Follow This Advice?

Alexa

 

 

The Internet

 

 

Your grandmother

 

 

Magazines

 

 

Medical journals

 

 

Free-phone numbers

 

 

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5. DEVICE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "device". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. DIGITAL DEVICES: Rank these with your partner. Put the things digital devices are best for at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • home security
  • managing money
  • playing music
  • homework
  • health advice
  • telling the time
  • videos of cats
  • exercise

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. step a. Not physically real, but made by software to look real.
      2. device b. Actions taken in order to reach a goal.
      3. virtual c. A helper.
      4. assistant d. Having the ability, fitness, or quality necessary to do or achieve something.
      5. capable e. A thing made or changed for a particular purpose, especially a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment.
      6. linked up f. Someone who knows everything about a topic.
      7. expert g. Joined with something or someone else to do something together.

    Paragraph 2

      8. mixed response h. Get to use something.
      9. access i. Showing or believing in a person's honesty or sincerity.
      10. reliable j. Good and bad feelings from people about something.
      11. pressure k. Always good in quality or performance; able to be trusted.
      12. trusting l. The state or condition of being free from being looked at by other people.
      13. privacy m. The feeling of stress caused by being too busy or by having to do something important quickly.
      14. disaster n. A sudden event that causes great damage or loss of life.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article said healthcare has taken a step towards helping technology.  T / F
  2. We won't be able to ask Alexa for health advice.     T / F
  3. Amazon teamed Alexa up with the UK's national health service.     T / F
  4. The article said Alexa will search the world's health service databases.     T / F
  5. Everyone praised the new Alexa health advice function.     T / F
  6. Alexa could reduce pressure on doctors who are hardworking.     T / F
  7. People said we should see a doctor for serious health problems.     T / F
  8. A data protection group said Alexa could be a disaster for privacy.     T / F

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

  1. step
  2. worried
  3. latest
  4. linked up
  5. experts
  6. response
  7. reliable
  8. pressure
  9. serious
  10. disaster
  1. trustworthy
  2. specialists
  3. major
  4. advance
  5. reaction
  6. stress
  7. concerned
  8. most recent
  9. catastrophe
  10. combined

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

  1. Technology has taken another
  2. if we are worried
  3. listening to people and answering
  4. give us
  5. an answer that is agreed on by
  6. met with a mixed
  7. people can access reliable, world-
  8. We want to empower
  9. be careful about trusting
  10. It's a data protection disaster
  1. many health experts
  2. response
  3. waiting to happen
  4. every patient
  5. about our health
  6. the latest news
  7. step in helping us
  8. the advice
  9. their questions
  10. leading advice

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
health
step
experts
capable
latest
search
lists
advice

Technology has taken another (1) ____________ in helping us with our healthcare. We can now ask the digital device Alexa for (2) ____________ if we are worried about our health. Alexa is a virtual assistant created by the website Amazon.com. It is (3) ____________ of listening to people and answering their questions. As well as voice interaction capabilities, Alexa can make to-do (4) ____________, play music upon voice request, and give us the (5) ____________ news. Now Alexa can answer our health queries. Amazon has linked up with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK to add a (6) ____________ advice capability to the software. Alexa will be able to (7) ____________ the NHS website for information and find an answer that is agreed on by many health (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
doctors
example
disaster
comfort
piece
mixed
privacy
control

Alexa's new health advice capability has been met with a (9) ____________ response. The UK Health Secretary said: "Technology like this is a great (10) ____________ of how people can access reliable, world-leading advice from the (11) ____________ of their home, reducing the pressure on our hardworking (12) ____________ and pharmacists." He added: "We want to empower every patient to take better (13) ____________ of their healthcare." Other people say we need to be careful about trusting the advice of a (14) ____________ of software. They say we must go to a human doctor if we have serious health problems. Other people are concerned about (15) ____________. The group Big Brother Watch is worried about hacking. It said: "It's a data protection (16) ____________ waiting to happen."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Technology has taken another step in helping ______ healthcare
     a.  us within our
     b.  us wither our
     c.  us without our
     d.  us with our
2)  We can now ask the digital device ______
     a.  Alexa for advise
     b.  Alexa for advice
     c.  Alexa for advisory
     d.  Alexa for advised
3)  Alexa can make to-do lists, play music upon voice request, and give ______ news
     a.  use the latest
     b.  useful the latest
     c.  us the latest
     d.  uses the latest
4) linked up with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK to ______ advice capability
     a.  add a health
     b.  adder health
     c.  ad a health
     d.  add the health
5)  find an answer that is agreed on by many ______
     a.  wealthy experts
     b.  health experts
     c.  health expert
     d.  wealth experts

6)  Alexa's new health advice capability has been met with ______
     a.  a mixture response
     b.  a mixed responses
     c.  a mix response
     d.  a mixed response
7)  access reliable, world-leading advice from the ______ home
     a.  comforts of their
     b.  comfort of their
     c.  comfort off their
     d.  comforts off their
8)  We want to empower every patient to take better control ______
     a.  of their healthcare
     b.  off there healthcare
     c.  of their healthy care
     d.  of they're healthcare
9)  we need to be careful about trusting the advice of a ______
     a.  piece of hardware
     b.  piece of software
     c.  pieces of software
     d.  pieces of hardware
10)  It said: "It's a data protection ______ to happen."
     a.  disaster weight in
     b.  disaster wait in
     c.  disaster whey tin
     d.  disaster waiting

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Technology has taken another step (1) ___________________ with our healthcare. We can now ask the digital device Alexa for advice if we are worried about our health. Alexa is (2) ___________________ created by the website Amazon.com. It (3) ___________________ listening to people and answering their questions. As well as voice interaction capabilities, Alexa can make to-do lists, play music (4) ___________________, and give us the latest news. Now Alexa can answer our health queries. Amazon has linked up with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK to add a health advice capability (5) ___________________. Alexa will be able to search the NHS website for information and find an answer that (6) ___________________ by many health experts.

Alexa's new health advice capability has been met with (7) ___________________. The UK Health Secretary said: "Technology like this is a great example of how people (8) ___________________, world-leading advice from the comfort of their home, reducing the pressure on our hardworking doctors and pharmacists." He added: "We (9) ___________________ every patient to take better control of their healthcare." Other people say we need to be careful (10) ___________________ advice of a piece of software. They say we must go to a human doctor if we have serious health problems. Other people are (11) ___________________. The group Big Brother Watch is worried about hacking. It said: "It's a data protection (12) ___________________ happen."

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say technology had taken?
  2. What did the article say Alexa was?
  3. What kind of lists can Alexa help people with?
  4. Who did Amazon team up with on a database?
  5. Who has the health advice on Alexa been agreed by?
  6. What kind of response did Alexa's health advice get?
  7. Who said technology like this was a great example of advice?
  8. What did some people say we needed to be careful of?
  9. What should we do if we have serious problems?
  10. What did a group say was waiting to happen?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the article say technology had taken?
a) a lot of electricity
b) another step in helping us with our healthcare
c) too much
d) a huge leap forward in keeping us well
2) What did the article say Alexa was?
a) healthy
b) the way forward
c) amazing
d) a virtual assistant
3) What kind of lists can Alexa help people with?
a) shopping lists
b) "top 10" lists
c) to-do lists
d) "best of" lists
4) Who did Amazon team up with on a database?
a) the UK National Health Service
b) Google and Facebook
c) doctors and nurses
d) patients
5) Who has the health advice on Alexa been agreed by?
a) Amazon
b) health experts
c) health journals
d) patients

6) What kind of response did Alexa's health advice get?
a) a mixed response
b) a positive response
c) a negative response
d) a healthy response
7) Who said technology like this was a great example of advice?
a) doctors
b) Amazon
c) the UK Health Secretary
d) patients
8) What did some people say we needed to be careful of?
a) trusting the advice of software
b) Alexa
c) digital devices
d) viruses
9) What should we do if we have serious problems?
a) buy medicine from Amazon
b) go to bed and sleep
c) ask Alexa
d) see a doctor
10) What did a group say was waiting to happen?
a) major diseases
b) a virtual assistance
c) a data protection disaster
d) better health

Role play

Role  A – Health Advice
You think health advice is the best use for digital devices. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their uses. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): home security, homework or exercise.

Role  B – Home Security
You think home security is the best use for digital devices. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their uses. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): health advice, homework or exercise.

Role  C – Homework
You think homework is the best use for digital devices. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their uses. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): home security, health advice or exercise.

Role  D – Exercise
You think exercise is the best use for digital devices. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their uses. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): home security, homework or health advice.

After reading / listening

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

'health'

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  • and 'care'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • mixed
    • great
    • pressure
    • control
    • serious
    • happen
    • technology
    • device
    • lists
    • queries
    • linked
    • agreed




    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 - Amazon Alexa to answer questions on health

    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 'health'?
    3. What do you know about Alexa?
    4. How useful is technology in healthcare?
    5. Where do you go for healthcare advice?
    6. Would you ask Alexa for health advice?
    7. What problems are there in asking Alexa for health advice?
    8. What is on your to-do list for today?
    9. When was the last time you asked for health advice?
    10. Do you ever use the Internet for health advice?

    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 'advice'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Do people need health advice from their home?
    5. Do doctors need less pressure?
    6. Will software be better than doctors one day?
    7. What is healthcare like in your country?
    8. What do you think healthcare will be like in the future?
    9. Would you worry about your privacy if you used Alexa?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Alexa?

    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)

    Technology has taken another (1) ____ in helping us with our healthcare. We can now ask the digital device Alexa for (2) ____ if we are worried about our health. Alexa is a virtual assistant created by the website Amazon.com. It is capable (3) ____ listening to people and answering their questions. As well as voice interaction capabilities, Alexa can make to-do (4) ____, play music upon voice request, and give us the latest news. Now Alexa can answer our health queries. Amazon has linked (5) ____ with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK to add a health advice capability to the software. Alexa will be able to search the NHS website for information and find an answer that is (6) ____ on by many health experts.

    Alexa's new health advice capability has been (7) ____ with a mixed response. The UK Health Secretary said: "Technology like this is a great example of how people can access (8) ____, world-leading advice from the comfort of their home, reducing the pressure (9) ____ our hardworking doctors and pharmacists." He added: "We want to empower every patient to take better control of their healthcare." Other people say we need to (10) ____ careful about trusting the advice of a piece of software. They say we must go to a human doctor if we have serious health problems. Other people are (11) ____ about privacy. The group Big Brother Watch is worried about hacking. It said: "It's a data protection disaster (12) ____ to happen."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     step     (b)     stop     (c)     taps     (d)     spot    
    2. (a)     advise     (b)     advisory     (c)     advice     (d)     advising    
    3. (a)     in     (b)     by     (c)     of     (d)     at    
    4. (a)     rites     (b)     wrists     (c)     writs     (d)     lists    
    5. (a)     on     (b)     down     (c)     up     (d)     of    
    6. (a)     agreeable     (b)     agreed     (c)     agrees     (d)     agree    
    7. (a)     gather     (b)     met     (c)     assemble     (d)     encounter    
    8. (a)     pliable     (b)     reliable     (c)     ability     (d)     health    
    9. (a)     at     (b)     by     (c)     on     (d)     as    
    10. (a)     do     (b)     take     (c)     have     (d)     be    
    11. (a)     cornering     (b)     concern     (c)     cornered     (d)     concerned    
    12. (a)     backing     (b)     heading     (c)     footing     (d)     waiting

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (.1.) Technology has taken another step in helping us with our healthcare. We can now ask the digital device Alexa for
    (...)  Amazon.com. It is capable of listening to people and answering their questions. As well
    (...)  as voice interaction capabilities, Alexa can make to-do lists, play music upon voice request, and give us the latest
    (...)  home, reducing the pressure on our hardworking doctors and pharmacists." He added: "We want to empower every
    (...)  in the UK to add a health advice capability to the software. Alexa will be able to search the NHS website
    (...)  news. Now Alexa can answer our health queries. Amazon has linked up with the National Health Service (NHS)
    (...)  this is a great example of how people can access reliable, world-leading advice from the comfort of their
    (...)  about trusting the advice of a piece of software. They say we must go to a human doctor if we have
    (...)  serious health problems. Other people are concerned about privacy. The group Big Brother Watch
    (...)  for information and find an answer that is agreed on by many health experts.
    (...)  advice if we are worried about our health. Alexa is a virtual assistant created by the website
    (...)  Alexa's new health advice capability has been met with a mixed response. The UK Health Secretary said: "Technology like
    (...)  is worried about hacking. It said: "It's a data protection disaster waiting to happen."
    (...)  patient to take better control of their healthcare." Other people say we need to be careful

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. device   the   We   for   digital   can   advice   .   ask
    3. to   people   their   Listening   answering   questions   .   and
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    7. control   .   Empower   every   take   better   patient   to
    8. be   We   to   need   advice   .   about   trusting   careful
    9. say   a   must   we   doctor   .   They   go   to
    10. protection   happen   .   disaster   to   data   A   waiting

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Technology has taken / taking another step in helping us with our healthcare. We can now asks / ask the digital device Alexa for advice if we are worried / worry about our health. Alexa is a virtual / virtually assistant created by the website Amazon.com. It is capable / capability of listening to people and answering their questions. As well as voice interaction capabilities, Alexa can make to-do lists, play music under / upon under voice request, and give us the last / latest news. Now Alexa can answer our health queries. Amazon has linked up / down with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK to add a health advice capability to the software. Alexa will be able to scorch / search the NHS website for information and find an answer that is agreed on by many health experts / expertise.

    Alexa's new health advice capability has been meet / met with a mixed response. The UK Health Secretary said: "Technology like this is a great example of how people can access rely / reliable, world-leading advice from the comfort / comfortable of their home, reducing the press / pressure on our hardworking doctors and pharmacists / pharmacy." He added: "We want to empower every patient / patience to take better control of their healthcare." Other people say we need to be careful / carefully about trusting the advice of a peace / piece of software. They say we must go to a human doctor if we have serious health problems. Other people are concerned about private / privacy. The group Big Brother Watch is worried about hacking. It said: "It's a data protection disaster wait / waiting to happen."

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    technology has taken another step in helping us with our healthcare we can now ask the digital device alexa for advice if we are worried about our health alexa is a virtual assistant created by the website amazoncom it is capable of listening to people and answering their questions as well as voice interaction capabilities alexa can make todo lists play music upon voice request and give us the latest news now alexa can answer our health queries amazon has linked up with the national health service nhs in the uk to add a health advice capability to the software alexa will be able to search the nhs website for information and find an answer that is agreed on by many health experts

    alexas new health advice capability has been met with a mixed response the uk health secretary said technology like this is a great example of how people can access reliable worldleading advice from the comfort of their home reducing the pressure on our hardworking doctors and pharmacists he added we want to empower every patient to take better control of their healthcare other people say we need to be careful about trusting the advice of a piece of software they say we must go to a human doctor if we have serious health problems other people are concerned about privacy the group big brother watch is worried about hacking it said its a data protection disaster waiting to happen

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    Technologyhastakenanotherstepinhelpinguswithourhealthcare.We
    cannowaskthedigitaldeviceAlexaforadviceifweareworriedaboutourh
    ealth.AlexaisavirtualassistantcreatedbythewebsiteAmazon.com.Iti
    scapableoflisteningtopeopleandansweringtheirquestions.Aswellasv
    oiceinteractioncapabilities,Alexacanmaketo-dolists,playmusicupo
    nvoicerequest,andgiveusthelatestnews.NowAlexacananswerourhe
    althqueries.AmazonhaslinkedupwiththeNationalHealthService(NHS
    )intheUKtoaddahealthadvicecapabilitytothesoftware.Alexawillbeabl
    etosearchtheNHSwebsiteforinformationandfindananswerthatisagre
    edonbymanyhealthexperts.Alexa'snewhealthadvicecapabilityhasbe
    enmetwithamixedresponse.TheUKHealthSecretarysaid:"Technolog
    ylikethisisagreatexampleofhowpeoplecanaccessreliable,world-leadi
    ngadvicefromthecomfortoftheirhome,reducingthepressureonourha
    rdworkingdoctorsandpharmacists."Headded:"Wewanttoempowere
    verypatienttotakebettercontroloftheirhealthcare."Otherpeoplesay
    weneedtobecarefulabouttrustingtheadviceofapieceofsoftware.They
    saywemustgotoahumandoctorifwehaveserioushealthproblems.Oth
    erpeopleareconcernedaboutprivacy.ThegroupBigBrotherWatchisw
    orriedabouthacking.Itsaid:"It'sadataprotectiondisasterwaitingtoha
    ppen."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    It is very dangerous to use software to get healthcare advice. Discuss.

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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. HEALTHCARE: Make a poster about healthcare. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. ALEXA: Write a magazine article about healthcare advice being by a piece of software. 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 healthcare advice. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on what we should do to get advice on our health. 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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