The Reading / Listening - Deepfake - Level 1

A technique called deepfake is worrying people. It could create more fake news and trick people. The word "deepfake" is a combination of "deep learning" and "fake". The software allows your face to replace the face of a talking president or movie star. The result is a fake video. Many people are worried the technology will be used in national elections. Deepfake could be used to trick people in elections.



A new deepfake app called Zao has gone viral in China. It is number one on China's iOS App Store chart. A Twitter user posted many Zao videos of himself in famous TV and movie scenes. He looks like the main actor in the movies The Hulk, Titanic, and in the TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Only people with a Chinese phone number can download the app. It cannot be downloaded from app stores in the USA or Europe.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Deepfake - Level 0 Deepfake - Level 2   or  Deepfake - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.sciencealert.com/disturbing-deepfake-app-lets-you-convincingly-superimpose-your-face-onto-celebrities
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/9850586/deepfake-app-tv-scenes-face/
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/deepfake-app-puts-your-face-19171373


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. A technique called
  2. It could create more
  3. deep
  4. replace the face of a
  5. The result is a fake
  6. Many people
  7. national
  8. trick
  1. talking president
  2. are worried
  3. deepfake
  4. people in elections
  5. fake news
  6. elections
  7. video
  8. learning

Paragraph 2

  1. A new deepfake
  2. Zao has gone
  3. China's iOS App Store
  4. famous TV and movie
  5. the main actor in
  6. in the TV fantasy
  7. people with a Chinese
  8. It cannot be downloaded
  1. phone number
  2. chart
  3. from app stores
  4. app
  5. viral in China
  6. the movies
  7. drama
  8. scenes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A technique called deepfake (1) ___________________. It could create more fake news (2) ___________________. The word "deepfake" is (3) ___________________ "deep learning" and "fake". The software allows your face (4) ___________________ face of a talking president or movie star. The (5) ___________________ fake video. Many people are worried the technology will be used in national elections. Deepfake could be used (6) ___________________ in elections.

A new deepfake app called Zao has (7) ___________________ China. It is (8) ___________________ China's iOS App Store chart. A Twitter (9) ___________________ Zao videos of himself in famous TV and movie scenes. He looks (10) ___________________ actor in the movies The Hulk, Titanic, and in the (11) ___________________ Game of Thrones. Only people with a Chinese phone number can download the app. It cannot be downloaded (12) ___________________ in the USA or Europe.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Atechniquecalleddeepfakeisworryingpeople.Itcouldcreatemorefake
newsandtrickpeople.Theword"deepfake"isacombinationof"deeplear
ning"and"fake".Thesoftwareallowsyourfacetoreplacethefaceofatalk
ingpresidentormoviestar.Theresultisafakevideo.Manypeoplearewor
riedthetechnologywillbeusedinnationalelections.Deepfakecouldbeu
sedtotrickpeopleinelections.AnewdeepfakeappcalledZaohasgonevir
alinChina.ItisnumberoneonChina'siOSAppStorechart.ATwitteruser
postedmanyZaovideosofhimselfinfamousTVandmoviescenes.Heloo
kslikethemainactorinthemoviesTheHulk,Titanic,andintheTVfantasy
dramaGameofThrones.OnlypeoplewithaChinesephonenumbercand
ownloadtheapp.ItcannotbedownloadedfromappstoresintheUSAorE
urope.

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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