The Reading / Listening - Robotic Suit - Level 2

A 28-year-old man who is paralyzed below his shoulders walked using a robot suit. The man could not move his arms, hips and legs. Doctors put a special robotic exoskeleton on him. This machine covered his arms, legs and body. It was also attached to the ceiling so the man would not fall over. He controlled the machine using sensors that were put near his brain. The man used his thoughts to tell the sensors to move the machine. The machine moved his arms and legs. He was able to walk a few steps using the machine even though he was paralyzed.



Doctors are in the early stages of developing this technology. They think exoskeletons will help disabled people in the future. Technology will pick up signals from the brain to control wearable technology. A surgeon who co-led the exoskeleton trial commented on the robotic suit. He said it was the first brain-controlled system to be designed that can move all four limbs. 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 1   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 robot
  3. The man could not
  4. It was also attached
  5. so the man would not fall
  6. sensors that were put
  7. The man
  8. He was able to walk
  1. used his thoughts
  2. move his arms
  3. over
  4. a few steps
  5. his shoulders
  6. to the ceiling
  7. suit
  8. near his brain

Paragraph 2

  1. the early stages of developing
  2. Technology will pick up signals
  3. it was the first brain-
  4. move all four
  5. The man was very happy
  6. I can't go home tomorrow
  7. I've got to a point where
  8. I stop
  1. I can walk
  2. limbs
  3. this technology
  4. when I want
  5. controlled system
  6. with the test
  7. from the brain
  8. in my exoskeleton

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A 28-year-old man who is paralyzed (1) ___________________ walked using a robot suit. The man (2) ___________________ his arms, hips and legs. Doctors put a special robotic exoskeleton on him. This machine covered (3) ___________________ and body. It was also attached to the ceiling so the man would not fall over. He controlled the machine (4) ___________________ were put near his brain. The man used his (5) ___________________ the sensors to move the machine. The machine moved his arms and legs. He was able to walk (6) ___________________ using the machine even though he was paralyzed.

Doctors are in (7) ___________________ of developing this technology. They think exoskeletons will help disabled people in the future. Technology will (8) ___________________ from the brain to control wearable technology. A surgeon who co-led the exoskeleton (9) ___________________ the robotic suit. He said it was the first brain-controlled system to be designed that (10) ___________________ four limbs. The man was very happy with the test. 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 (12) ___________________ I want."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

A28-year-oldmanwhoisparalyzedbelowhisshoulderswalkedusinga
robotsuit.Themancouldnotmovehisarms,hipsandlegs.Doctorsputas
pecialroboticexoskeletononhim.Thismachinecoveredhisarms,legsa
ndbody.Itwasalsoattachedtotheceilingsothemanwouldnotfallover.H
econtrolledthemachineusingsensorsthatwereputnearhisbrain.The
manusedhisthoughtstotellthesensorstomovethemachine.Themachi
nemovedhisarmsandlegs.Hewasabletowalkafewstepsusingthemac
hineeventhoughhewasparalyzed.Doctorsareintheearlystagesofdev
elopingthistechnology.Theythinkexoskeletonswillhelpdisabledpeopl
einthefuture.Technologywillpickupsignalsfromthebraintocontrolwe
arabletechnology.Asurgeonwhoco-ledtheexoskeletontrialcommen
tedontheroboticsuit.Hesaiditwasthefirstbrain-controlledsystemtob
edesignedthatcanmoveallfourlimbs.Themanwasveryhappywiththet
est.Hesaid:"Ican'tgohometomorrowinmyexoskeleton,butI'vegotto
apointwhereIcanwalk.IwalkwhenIwantandIstopwhenIwant."

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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