The Reading / Listening - A.I. Matchmaking - Level 1

Japan wants more people to go on dates. It wants to increase the birth rate. There are fewer babies in Japan. Artificial intelligence will match couples and help them find love. This will cost $19 million to set up. There are many matchmaking services in Japan. With these, people have to fill out forms on hobbies and interests. A worker then matches people. The AI project will automate this system. It will give better analysis of data and get better matches.



The government wants the population to increase. Japan's fertility rate is one of the lowest in the world. Japanese women have an average of 1.36 children. The government said it wants to reverse the decline in the birth rate. The population is ageing quickly because people are living longer. The longevity rate for women is the highest in the world. There are fewer younger workers to pay for the pension and welfare of retired people.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    A.I. Matchmaking - Level 0 A.I. Matchmaking - Level 2   or  A.I. Matchmaking - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/12/07/national/japan-ai-funding-matchmaking/
  • https://uk.reuters.com/article/japan-matchmaking-ai/love-match-tokyo-to-help-fund-japanese-ai-cupid-upgrades-report-idUKKBN28H19G
  • https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1209370.shtml


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. Japan wants more people to
  2. Artificial intelligence will
  3. This will cost $19 million
  4. There are many matchmaking
  5. fill out
  6. A worker then matches
  7. automate this
  8. It will give better analysis
  1. to set up
  2. system
  3. match couples
  4. of data
  5. go on dates
  6. forms
  7. people
  8. services in Japan

Paragraph 2

  1. The government wants the population
  2. Japan's fertility
  3. one of the lowest
  4. an average of
  5. it wants to
  6. The population is ageing
  7. people are living
  8. fewer younger workers to
  1. reverse the decline
  2. in the world
  3. pay for the pension
  4. to increase
  5. longer
  6. rate
  7. quickly
  8. 1.36 children

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan wants more people to (1) ___________________. It wants to increase the birth rate. There (2) ___________________ in Japan. Artificial intelligence will (3) ___________________ help them find love. This will cost $19 million                                     (4) ___________________. There are many matchmaking services in Japan. With these, people have to                               (5) ___________________ on hobbies and interests. A worker then matches people. The AI project will automate this system. It will give better analysis of (6) ___________________ better matches.

The government (7) ___________________ to increase. Japan's (8) ___________________ one of the lowest in the world. Japanese women have an average of 1.36 children. The government said it wants to (9) ___________________ in the birth rate. The population (10) ___________________ because people are living longer. The longevity rate for women is the highest in the world. There (11) ___________________ workers to pay for the pension and (12) ___________________ people.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japanwantsmorepeopletogoondates.Itwantstoincreasethebirthrate
.TherearefewerbabiesinJapan.Artificialintelligencewillmatchcouples
andhelpthemfindlove.Thiswillcost$19milliontosetup.Therearemany
matchmakingservicesinJapan.Withthese,peoplehavetofilloutforms
onhobbiesandinterests.Aworkerthenmatchespeople.TheAIprojectw
illautomatethissystem.Itwillgivebetteranalysisofdataandgetbetter
matches.Thegovernmentwantsthepopulationtoincrease.Japan'sfert
ilityrateisoneofthelowestintheworld.Japanesewomenhaveanaverag
eof1.36children.Thegovernmentsaiditwantstoreversethedeclineint
hebirthrate.Thepopulationisageingquicklybecausepeoplearelivinglo
nger.Thelongevityrateforwomenisthehighestintheworld.Therearefe
weryoungerworkerstopayforthepensionandwelfareofretiredpeople.

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)

(a) ________________

(b) ________________

(c) ________________

(d) ________________

(e) ________________

(f) ________________

(g) ________________

(h) ________________

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

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You