The Reading / Listening - Alan Turing - Level 5

Alan Turing, the man recognised as the father of modern computer science, will be honored by appearing on a United Kingdom banknote. Mr Turing was chosen ahead of many notable British historical figures to be the face of the new £50 note. Turing was instrumental in helping Britain and its allies win World War II. He helped to crack the Enigma code the Nazis used to send messages to military commanders. He invented a giant computer to do so. The computer ushered in the birth of modern computing and the start of artificial intelligence.



Alan Turing was a maths genius and excelled in the sciences. He was born in London in 1912 and graduated from Cambridge University. He outlined his vision of creating an algorithm-based computing machine. He said: "This is only a foretaste of what is to come, and only the shadow of what is going to be." His idea is behind all today's computers. Despite his pivotal role in ending WWII, he was persecuted after the war for being homosexual. Being gay was illegal in the UK until 1967. Turing died in 1954, aged 41, in what police said was suicide.

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    Alan Turing - Level 4 or  Alan Turing - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/15/alan-turing-father-of-modern-computing-50-pound-note
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/07/15/alan-turing-face-new-50-note-first-lgbt-community/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-48994393


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. appearing on a United Kingdom
  2. notable British historical
  3. Turing was instrumental
  4. He helped to crack
  5. send messages to military
  6. He invented a giant computer
  7. ushered in the birth
  8. the start of artificial
  1. commanders
  2. of modern computing
  3. figures
  4. intelligence
  5. to do so
  6. in helping Britain
  7. banknote
  8. the Enigma code

Paragraph 2

  1. Alan Turing was
  2. an algorithm-based
  3. This is only a foretaste of
  4. His idea is behind all
  5. his pivotal role in
  6. he was persecuted after the war
  7. Being gay was illegal in
  8. in what police said
  1. the UK until 1967
  2. ending WWII
  3. was suicide
  4. what is to come
  5. a maths genius
  6. today's computers
  7. computing machine
  8. for being homosexual

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Alan Turing, the man recognised as the father of modern computer science, will (1) ___________________ appearing on a United Kingdom banknote. Mr Turing was chosen ahead (2) ___________________ British historical figures to be (3) ___________________ the new £50 note. Turing was instrumental in helping Britain (4) ___________________ win World War II. He helped to crack the Enigma code the Nazis used to (5) ___________________ military commanders. He invented a giant computer to do so. The computer ushered in (6) ___________________ modern computing and the start of artificial intelligence.

Alan Turing was (7) ___________________ and excelled in the sciences. He was born in London in 1912 (8) ___________________ Cambridge University. He outlined his vision of creating an algorithm-based computing machine. He said: "This is (9) ___________________ of what is to come, and only the shadow of what is going to be." His idea is behind all today's computers. Despite (10) ___________________ in ending WWII, he was persecuted after the war for being homosexual. Being (11) ___________________ in the UK until 1967. Turing died in 1954, aged 41, in what police (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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e,willbehonoredbyappearingonaUnitedKingdombanknote.MrTuring
waschosenaheadofmanynotableBritishhistoricalfigurestobetheface
ofthenew£50note.TuringwasinstrumentalinhelpingBritainanditsalli
eswinWorldWarII.HehelpedtocracktheEnigmacodetheNazisusedtos
endmessagestomilitarycommanders.Heinventedagiantcomputerto
doso.Thecomputerusheredinthebirthofmoderncomputingandthesta
rtofartificialintelligence.AlanTuringwasamathsgeniusandexcelledint
hesciences.HewasborninLondonin1912andgraduatedfromCambrid
geUniversity.Heoutlinedhisvisionofcreatinganalgorithm-basedcom
putingmachine.Hesaid:"Thisisonlyaforetasteofwhatistocome,ando
nlytheshadowofwhatisgoingtobe."Hisideaisbehindalltoday'scomput
ers.DespitehispivotalroleinendingWWII,hewaspersecutedafterthew
arforbeinghomosexual.BeinggaywasillegalintheUKuntil1967.Turing
diedin1954,aged41,inwhatpolicesaidwassuicide.

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

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Free writing

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