The Reading / Listening - Robotic Suit - Level 3

A man who is paralyzed from below his shoulders has been able to walk using a robotic suit. The 28-year-old man could not move his arms, hips and legs after an accident. Doctors fitted him with a special robotic exoskeleton - this is a machine that covered his arms, legs and body. The machine was attached to the ceiling so the man could keep his balance and not fall over. He controlled the machine using high-tech sensors that were implanted near his brain. The man used his thoughts to tell the sensors to move the machine. His brain sent messages to the machine and it moved his arms and legs. He was able to walk a few steps using the machine even though he was paralyzed.



Doctors say they are in the early stages of developing this technology. They believe robotic exoskeletons will help disabled people to live better lives in the future. Technology will be able to pick up signals from the brain to control wearable robotic technology. The next stage is to remove the ceiling harness. A neurosurgeon who co-led the exoskeleton trial commented on the exoskeleton suit. He said it was the first wireless, 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 easier levels:

    Robotic Suit - Level 0 Robotic Suit - Level 1   or  Robotic Suit - Level 2

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


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Warm-ups

1. ROBOT: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about robot. 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?
       shoulders / robots / arms / machine / ceiling / balance / sensors / thoughts / early /
       technology / future / signals / brain / trial / wireless / limbs / tomorrow / point
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. DANGEROUS: Students A strongly believe robots are dangerous; Students B strongly believe robots are dangerous.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. TECHNOLOGY: Is it good or bad for us? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Things

Bad Things

Exoskeletons

 

 

The internet

 

 

Cars

 

 

Genetic engineering

 

 

Nuclear energy

 

 

Television

 

 

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5. ARMS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "arms". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ROBOTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best uses for robots at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • As teachers
  • As police officers
  • Driverless cars
  • As doctors
  • As pets
  • As home helps
  • As soldiers
  • As comedians

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. shoulders a. Acts or movements of putting one leg in front of the other in walking or running.
      2. hips b. A strong frame that covers the body of some invertebrate animals, that gives support and protection.
      3. exoskeleton c. The top part of a room.
      4. attached d. The places where the top of our arms meet our body.
      5. ceiling e. A device which detects or measures something and records it.
      6. sensor f. The large bones where the top of our legs meet our body.
      7. steps g. Joined, fastened, or connected to something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. stage h. A set of straps for fixing something to a person's body, such as a parachute, or for restraining a young child.
      9. developing i. A test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something.
      10. signal j. A particular moment in time or stage in a process.
      11. harness k. Growing or causing to grow and become more mature and advanced.
      12. trial l. An arm or leg of a person or four-legged animal.
      13. limb m. An electrical impulse or radio wave transmitted or received.
      14. point n. A point, period, or step in a process or development.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A man is no longer paralyzed after wearing a robotic suit.     T / F
  2. The man was paralyzed from the waist down.     T / F
  3. The robotic suit was fixed to the ceiling to help the man's balance.     T / F
  4. The man was able to walk a few hundred meters using the suit.     T / F
  5. Doctors are in the advanced stages of developing this technology.     T / F
  6. Doctors said the next step was to remove the ceiling harness.     T / F
  7. This is the first brain-controlled suit to move arms and legs.     T / F
  8. The man said he was happy that he could take the suit home.     T / F

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

  1. paralyzed
  2. fitted
  3. attached
  4. balance
  5. a few
  6. early
  7. help
  8. stage
  9. limbs
  10. want
  1. arms and legs
  2. stability
  3. initial
  4. assist
  5. equipped
  6. phase
  7. disabled
  8. wish
  9. a small number of
  10. fixed

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

  1. A man who is paralyzed from
  2. the man could keep his balance
  3. He controlled the machine using high-
  4. His brain sent messages
  5. He was able to walk
  6. in the early stages of developing
  7. wearable
  8. the first wireless, brain-
  9. move all four
  10. I've got to a point
  1. limbs
  2. a few steps
  3. this technology
  4. and not fall over
  5. controlled system
  6. to the machine
  7. where I can walk
  8. below his shoulders
  9. robotic technology
  10. tech sensors

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
covered
though
sensors
steps
below
accident
thoughts
ceiling

A man who is paralyzed from (1) ____________ his shoulders has been able to walk using a robotic suit. The 28-year-old man could not move his arms, hips and legs after an (2) _____. Doctors fitted him with a special robotic exoskeleton - this is a machine that (3) _____his arms, legs and body. The machine was attached to the (4) _____so the man could keep his balance and not fall over. He controlled the machine using high-tech (5) _____that were implanted near his brain. The man used his (6) _____to tell the sensors to move the machine. His brain sent messages to the machine and it moved his arms and legs. He was able to walk a few (7) _____using the machine even (8) _____he was paralyzed.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
limbs
point
stages
stop
control
future
test
trial

Doctors say they are in the early (9) _____of developing this technology. They believe robotic exoskeletons will help disabled people to live better lives in the (10) _____. Technology will be able to pick up signals from the brain to (11) _____wearable robotic technology. The next stage is to remove the ceiling harness. A neurosurgeon who co-led the exoskeleton (12) _____commented on the exoskeleton suit. He said it was the first wireless, brain-controlled system to be designed that can move all four (13) _____. The man was very happy with the (14) _____. He said: "I can't go home tomorrow in my exoskeleton, but I've got to a (15) _____where I can walk. I walk when I want and I (16) _____when I want."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A man who is paralyzed from below his shoulders has been ______
     a.  ability to walk
     b.  a ball to walk
     c.  a bill to walk
     d.  able to walk
2)  could not move his arms, hips and legs after ______
     a.  an accident
     b.  as accident
     c.  at accident
     d.  ad accident
3)  The machine was attached to the ceiling so the man could ______
     a.  keep his balanced
     b.  keep his balances
     c.  keep his balance
     d.  keep his balancing
4)  He controlled the machine using high-tech sensors that were ______ his brain
     a.  implanted near
     b.  in plant it near
     c.  implant it near
     d.  in planted near
5)  He was able to walk a few steps using ______
     a.  the machined
     b.  the mashing
     c.  them a sheen
     d.  the machine

6)  They believe robotic exoskeletons will help ______
     a.  disabled peoples
     b.  disabled people
     c.  this abled people
     d.  these abled people
7)  Technology will be able to pick up signals from the brain to control wearable ______
     a.  robe optic technology
     b.  robo-tick technology
     c.  robotize technology
     d.  robotic technology
8)  The next stage is to remove the ______
     a.  see thing harness
     b.  ceiling harness
     c.  seal in harness
     d.  seeing harness
9)  brain-controlled system to be designed that can move ______
     a.  all fours limbs
     b.  all four limb
     c.  all fours limb
     d.  all four limbs
10)  I can't go home tomorrow in my exoskeleton, but I've got ______
     a.  to a point
     b.  tour point
     c.  two a point
     d.  two points

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A man who is (1) ___________________ his shoulders has been able to walk using a robotic suit. The 28-year-old man could not move his (2) ___________________ legs after an accident. Doctors fitted him with a special robotic exoskeleton - this is a machine (3) ___________________ arms, legs and body. The machine was attached to the ceiling so the man could (4) ___________________ and not fall over. He controlled the machine using high-tech sensors that were implanted near his brain. The man used his thoughts to (5) ___________________ to move the machine. His brain sent messages to the machine and it moved his arms and legs. He was able to walk a few steps using the machine (6) ___________________ was paralyzed.

Doctors say they are in (7) ___________________ of developing this technology. They believe robotic exoskeletons will help disabled people to live better lives (8) ___________________. Technology will be able to pick up signals from the brain to control wearable robotic technology. The next stage is (9) ___________________ ceiling harness. A neurosurgeon who co-led the exoskeleton (10) ___________________ the exoskeleton suit. He said it was the first wireless, brain-controlled system to be designed that (11) ___________________ 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 (12) ___________________ and I stop when I want."

Comprehension questions

  1. Below which part of the man's body is he paralyzed?
  2. How old is the man?
  3. What was the exoskeleton harness attached to?
  4. What was implanted near the man's brain?
  5. How far did the article say the man walked in the exoskeleton?
  6. How far in the exoskeleton development process are the doctors?
  7. What did the article say brain signals will be able to control?
  8. How did the man feel about the exoskeleton test?
  9. What can the man not take home?
  10. When did the man say he stopped walking?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Below which part of the man's body is he paralyzed?
a) the shoulders
b) the chest
c) the neck
d) the waist
2) How old is the man?
a) 26
b) 25
c) 28
d) 27
3) What was the exoskeleton harness attached to?
a) a frame
b) the ceiling
c) the floor
d) the walls
4) What was implanted near the man's brain?
a) a microchip
b) a speaker
c) a balancing machine
d) sensors
5)  How far did the article say the man walked in the exoskeleton?
a) a few steps
b) 100 meters
c) not too far
d) 2kms

6) How far in the exoskeleton development process are the doctors?
a) about six months in
b) in the middle stages
c) in the latter stages
d) in the early stages
7) What did the article say brain signals will be able to control?
a) everything
b) wearable robotic technology
c) robots
d) all computers
8) How did the man feel about the exoskeleton test?
a) fantastic
b) worried
c) shocked
d) happy
9) What can the man not take home?
a) a harness
b) his medical records
c) the exoskeleton
d) sensors
10) When did the man say he stopped walking?
a) when he was tired
b) when he wanted to
c) when doctors told him to
d) before lunch

Role play

Role  A – As Teachers
You think robot teachers would help us most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their robots. Also, tell the others which are the least useful of these (and why): robot chefs, robot comedians or robot soldiers.

Role  B – As Chefs
You think robot chefs would help us most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their robots. Also, tell the others which are the least useful of these (and why): robot teachers, robot comedians or robot soldiers.

Role  C – As Comedians
You think robot comedians would help us most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their robots. Also, tell the others which are the least useful of these (and why): robot chefs, robot teachers or robot soldiers.

Role  D – As Soldiers
You think robot soldiers would help us most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their robots. Also, tell the others which are the least useful of these (and why): robot chefs, robot comedians or robot teachers.

After reading / listening

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

'robot'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'suit'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • shoulders
    • hips
    • fitted
    • balance
    • brain
    • few
    • early
    • live
    • next
    • trial
    • happy
    • point




    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 - Paralyzed man walks using robotic suit

    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 'robot'?
    3. What do you think of robots?
    4. Why might people think robots are dangerous?
    5. How will robots help doctors?
    6. Do you think we will become cyborgs one day?
    7. How useful are robots for people who are paralyzed?
    8. What other things could we use brain sensors for?
    9. Will robots control humans one day?
    10. What advice do you have for the man in the story?

    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 'suit'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of this technology?
    5. How does technology help in your life?
    6. Would you wear an exoskeleton to make you stronger?
    7. Would you wear an exoskeleton to make you run fast
    8. Why might exoskeletons help soldiers or rescue workers?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this technology?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the doctors?

    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)

    A man who is paralyzed from (1) ____ his shoulders has been able to walk using a robotic suit. The 28-year-old man could not move his arms, hips and legs after an accident. Doctors (2) ____ him with a special robotic exoskeleton - this is a machine that (3) ____ his arms, legs and body. The machine was attached to the ceiling so the man could keep his balance and not fall (4) ____. He controlled the machine using high-tech sensors that were implanted near his brain. The man used his (5) ____ to tell the sensors to move the machine. His brain sent messages to the machine and it moved his arms and legs. He was able to walk a few (6) ____ using the machine even though he was paralyzed.

    Doctors say they are in the (7) ____ stages of developing this technology. They believe robotic exoskeletons will help disabled people to live better lives in the future. Technology will be able to (8) ____ up signals from the brain to control wearable robotic technology. The next stage is to remove the ceiling harness. A neurosurgeon who co-led the exoskeleton (9) ____ commented on the exoskeleton suit. He said it was the first wireless, brain-controlled system to (10) ____ 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 (11) ____ where I can walk. I walk when I want and I stop (12) ____ I want."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     down     (b)     lower     (c)     less     (d)     below    
    2. (a)     fitting     (b)     fitter     (c)     fits     (d)     fitted    
    3. (a)     cared     (b)     covered     (c)     approached     (d)     sorted    
    4. (a)     up     (b)     under     (c)     over     (d)     at    
    5. (a)     cells     (b)     opinions     (c)     thoughts     (d)     meditation    
    6. (a)     steps     (b)     stairs     (c)     ladders     (d)     hops    
    7. (a)     before     (b)     early     (c)     premature     (d)     fast    
    8. (a)     pick     (b)     hand     (c)     hold     (d)     stand    
    9. (a)     trill     (b)     trial     (c)     thrill     (d)     trail    
    10. (a)     have     (b)     do     (c)     be     (d)     take    
    11. (a)     sharp     (b)     dot     (c)     point     (d)     level    
    12. (a)     which     (b)     what     (c)     while     (d)     when

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  a few steps using the machine even though he was paralyzed.
    (...)  up signals from the brain to control wearable robotic technology. The next stage is to remove the ceiling
    (...)  happy with the test. He said: "I can't go home tomorrow in my exoskeleton, but I've got to a
    (...)  sensors that were implanted near his brain. The man used his thoughts to tell the sensors to move the machine. His brain
    1  ) A man who is paralyzed from below his shoulders has been able to walk using a
    (...)  to the ceiling so the man could keep his balance and not fall over. He controlled the machine using high-tech
    (...)  Doctors say they are in the early stages of developing this technology. They believe robotic
    (...)  brain-controlled system to be designed that can move all four limbs. The man was very
    (...)  robotic suit. The 28-year-old man could not move his arms, hips and legs after an accident. Doctors fitted
    (...)  exoskeletons will help disabled people to live better lives in the future. Technology will be able to pick
    (...)  harness. A neurosurgeon who co-led the exoskeleton trial commented on the exoskeleton suit. He said it was the first wireless,
    (...)  point where I can walk. I walk when I want and I stop when I want."
    (...)  sent messages to the machine and it moved his arms and legs. He was able to walk
    (...)  him with a special robotic exoskeleton - this is a machine that covered his arms, legs and body. The machine was attached

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. to attached The was ceiling. the machine
    3. using machine controlled high-tech sensors. He the
    4. machine. the to messages His brain sent
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    6. early Doctors they are say stages. in the
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    9. man The was very happy test. with the
    10. tomorrow in my go exoskeleton. I home can't

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A man who is paralyzed from below / lower his shoulders has been able to walk using a robotic suit. The 28-year-old man could not move his arms, hips and legs after the / an accident. Doctors fitted him with a specially / special robotic exoskeleton - this is a machine that covered / covering his arms, legs and body. The machine was attached / attracted to the ceiling so the man could keep his balance and not fell / fall over. He controlled the machine using high-tech sensors that were implanted / replanted near his brain. The man used his thoughts to tell the sensors to move the machine. His brain sent / mailed messages to the machine and it moved his arms and legs. He was ability / able to walk a few steps using the machine even though he was paralyzed / paralysis.

    Doctors say they are in the early / fast stages of developing this technology. They believe robotic exoskeletons will help disabled people to alive / live better lives in the / a future. Technology will be able to pick / send up signals from the brain to control wearable / wore robotic technology. The next stage is to remove the ceiling harness. A neurosurgeon who co-led the exoskeleton trail / trial commented on the exoskeleton suit. He said it was the first wireless, brain-controlled system to be / being designed that can move all four / for 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 blunt / point where I can walk. I walk when I want and I stop what / when I want."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    D_c t_r s   s_y   t h_y  _r_ _n   t h_ __ r l y   s t_g_s  _f   d_v_l_p_n g   t h_s   t_c h n_l_g y .   T h_y   b_l__ v_  r_b_t_c  _x_s k_l_t_n s   w_l l   h_l p   d_s_b l_d   p__ p l_  t_  l_v_  b_t t_r   l_v_s  _n   t h_  f_t_r_.   T_c h n_l_g y   w_l l   b_ _b l_  t_  p_c k  _p   s_g n_l s   f r_m   t h_  b r__ n   t_  c_n t r_l   w__ r_b l_  r_b_t_c   t_c h n_l_g y .   T h_  n_x t   s t_g_ _s   t_  r_m_v_  t h_  c__ l_n g   h_r n_s s .   A   n__ r_s_r g__ n   w h_  c_- l_d   t h_ _x_s k_l_t_n   t r__ l   c_m m_n t_d  _n   t h_ _x_s k_l_t_n   s__ t .   H_  s__ d  _t   w_s   t h_  f_r s t   w_r_l_s s ,   b r__ n - c_n t r_l l_d   s y s t_m   t_  b_  d_s_g n_d   t h_t   c_n   m_v_ _l l   f__ r   l_m b s .   T h_  m_n   w_s   v_r y   h_p p y   w_t h   t h_  t_s t .   H_  s__ d :   " I   c_n ' t   g_  h_m_  t_m_r r_w  _n   m y  _x_s k_l_t_n ,   b_t   I ' v_  g_t   t_ _  p__ n t   w h_r_  I   c_n   w_l k .   I   w_l k   w h_n   I   w_n t  _n d   I   s t_p   w h_n   I   w_n t . "

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a man who is paralyzed from below his shoulders has been able to walk using a robotic suit the 28yearold man could not move his arms hips and legs after an accident doctors fitted him with a special robotic exoskeleton  this is a machine that covered his arms legs and body the machine was attached to the ceiling so the man could keep his balance and not fall over he controlled the machine using hightech sensors that were implanted near his brain the man used his thoughts to tell the sensors to move the machine his brain sent messages to the machine and it moved his arms and legs he was able to walk a few steps using the machine even though he was paralyzed

    doctors say they are in the early stages of developing this technology they believe robotic exoskeletons will help disabled people to live better lives in the future technology will be able to pick up signals from the brain to control wearable robotic technology the next stage is to remove the ceiling harness a neurosurgeon who coled the exoskeleton trial commented on the exoskeleton suit he said it was the first wireless braincontrolled system to be designed that can move all four limbs the man was very happy with the test he said i cant go home tomorrow in my exoskeleton but ive got to a point where i can walk i walk when i want and i stop when i want

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Amanwhoisparalyzedfrombelowhisshouldershasbeenabletowalkusi
    ngaroboticsuit.The28-year-oldmancouldnotmovehisarms,hipsand
    legsafteranaccident.Doctorsfittedhimwithaspecialroboticexoskelet
    on-thisisamachinethatcoveredhisarms,legsandbody.Themachinew
    asattachedtotheceilingsothemancouldkeephisbalanceandnotfallove
    r.Hecontrolledthemachineusinghigh-techsensorsthatwereimplant
    ednearhisbrain.Themanusedhisthoughtstotellthesensorstomoveth
    emachine.Hisbrainsentmessagestothemachineanditmovedhisarms
    andlegs.Hewasabletowalkafewstepsusingthemachineeventhoughh
    ewasparalyzed.Doctorssaytheyareintheearlystagesofdevelopingthi
    stechnology.Theybelieveroboticexoskeletonswillhelpdisabledpeopl
    etolivebetterlivesinthefuture.Technologywillbeabletopickupsignalsf
    romthebraintocontrolwearablerobotictechnology.Thenextstageisto
    removetheceilingharness.Aneurosurgeonwhoco-ledtheexoskele
    tontrialcommentedontheexoskeletonsuit.Hesaiditwasthefirstwirele
    ss,brain-controlledsystemtobedesignedthatcanmoveallfourlimb
    s.Themanwasveryhappywiththetest.Hesaid:"Ican'tgohometomorro
    winmyexoskeleton,butI'vegottoapointwhereIcanwalk.IwalkwhenI
    wantandIstopwhenIwant."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    We should spend more time on helping to develop cyborg technology. 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. ROBOTS: Make a poster about robots. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. EXOSKELETONS: Write a magazine article about humans using exoskeletons for their daily life. 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 robots. Ask him/her three questions about robots. Give him/her three of your ideas. 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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