The Reading / Listening - Robotic Suit - Level 1

A 28-year-old man, paralyzed below the shoulders, walked using a robot suit. He could not move his arms, hips and legs. Doctors put a robot exoskeleton on him. It covered his arms, legs and body. It was attached to the ceiling so the man would not fall over. He controlled it by using sensors that were put near his brain. The man's thoughts were able to move the machine. The machine moved his arms and legs so he could walk.



Doctors say this technology will help disabled people in the future. Brain signals will control wearable technology. A doctor leading the exoskeleton trial said it was the first brain-controlled system to be designed that could move arms and legs. The man was very happy with the test. He said: "I can't go home tomorrow in my exoskeleton, but I've got to a point where I can walk. I walk when I want and I stop when I want."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Robotic Suit - Level 0 Robotic Suit - Level 2   or  Robotic Suit - Level 3

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/paralysed-man-walks-again-using-mind-controlled-robotic-suit-11826849
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/04/health/paralyzed-man-robotic-suit-intl-scli/index.html
  • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/paralysed-man-walks-using-mind-controlled-robotic-suit-041900916.html


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. paralyzed below
  2. walked using a
  3. He could not
  4. Doctors put a robot
  5. It was attached
  6. He controlled it by using
  7. put near his
  8. The man's thoughts were able
  1. brain
  2. exoskeleton on him
  3. to the ceiling
  4. robot suit
  5. to move the machine
  6. the shoulders
  7. sensors
  8. move his arms

Paragraph 2

  1. brain
  2. control wearable
  3. A doctor leading the exoskeleton
  4. the first brain-controlled
  5. The man was very happy
  6. I can't go home
  7. I've got to a point where
  8. I stop when
  1. I can walk
  2. trial
  3. I want
  4. technology
  5. system
  6. with the test
  7. signals
  8. tomorrow

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A 28-year-old man, paralyzed (1) ___________________, walked using a robot suit. He could not move his (2) ___________________ legs. Doctors put a robot exoskeleton on him. It (3) ___________________, legs and body. It was attached to the ceiling so the man would (4) ___________________. He controlled it by using sensors that were put near his brain. The man's thoughts were (5) ___________________ the machine. The machine moved his arms and legs (6) ___________________ walk.

Doctors say this technology will help disabled people in the future. (7) ___________________ control wearable technology. A doctor leading the exoskeleton (8) ___________________ was the first brain-controlled system (9) ___________________ that could move arms and legs. The man was very happy (10) ___________________. He said: "I can't go home tomorrow in my exoskeleton, but I've got (11) ___________________ where I can walk. I walk when I want and I (12) ___________________ want."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

A28-year-oldman,paralyzedbelowtheshoulders,walkedusingarob
otsuit.Hecouldnotmovehisarms,hipsandlegs.Doctorsputarobotexos
keletononhim.Itcoveredhisarms,legsandbody.Itwasattachedtothec
eilingsothemanwouldnotfallover.Hecontrolleditbyusingsensorsthat
wereputnearhisbrain.Theman'sthoughtswereabletomovethemachi
ne.Themachinemovedhisarmsandlegssohecouldwalk.Doctorssaythi
stechnologywillhelpdisabledpeopleinthefuture.Brainsignalswillcont
rolwearabletechnology.Adoctorleadingtheexoskeletontrialsaiditwas
thefirstbrain-controlledsystemtobedesignedthatcouldmovearmsa
ndlegs.Themanwasveryhappywiththetest.Hesaid:"Ican'tgohometo
morrowinmyexoskeleton,butI'vegottoapointwhereIcanwalk.Iwalkw
henIwantandIstopwhenIwant."

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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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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