The Reading / Listening - Dating App - Level 4

The Tinder dating app has a new feature to cut online harassment. It uses A.I. to detect and flag up possible abusive language in messages written by the user. After the writer of the message presses 'send', a small box pops up that asks, "Are you sure?" or "AYS?" Tinder hopes AYS will cut the number of abusive messages. When testing the app, the number of such messages fell by 10 per cent. The feature is on English and Japanese versions of the app.



Tinder's app lets users swipe photos and like or dislike profiles of possible love matches. The app matches users, who can then exchange messages and arrange a date. The app has resulted in many finding love, but it has been abused. Tinder hopes AYS will create a safer online environment. It said giving people more options can really change behaviour and build a community, "where everyone feels like they can be themselves".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dating App - Level 5 or  Dating App - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.techradar.com/news/tinder-will-alert-users-before-they-send-offensive-messages
  • https://mashable.com/article/tinder-are-you-sure/
  • https://metro.co.uk/2021/05/24/tinder-asks-users-to-think-twice-before-sending-abuse-14623992


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 new feature to cut online
  2. abusive
  3. messages written
  4. the writer
  5. a small box pops
  6. cut the number of abusive
  7. such messages fell
  8. English and Japanese
  1. of the message
  2. by 10 per cent
  3. language
  4. versions of the app
  5. harassment
  6. by the user
  7. messages
  8. up

Paragraph 2

  1. Tinder's app lets users swipe
  2. possible love
  3. exchange messages and
  4. AYS will create a safer online
  5. giving people more
  6. really change
  7. build a
  8. everyone feels like they
  1. arrange a date
  2. community
  3. options
  4. matches
  5. can be themselves
  6. environment
  7. behaviour
  8. photos

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Tinder dating app has a (1) ___________________ cut online harassment. It uses A.I. to (2) ___________________ up possible abusive language in messages written by the user. After the writer of the message presses 'send', a small (3) ___________________ that asks, "Are you sure?" or "AYS?" Tinder hopes AYS will cut the (4) ___________________ messages. When testing the app, the (5) ___________________ messages fell by 10 per cent. The feature is on English and Japanese (6) ___________________ app.

Tinder's app lets (7) ___________________ and like or dislike profiles of possible love matches. The (8) ___________________, who can then exchange messages and (9) ___________________. The app has resulted in (10) ___________________, but it has been abused. Tinder hopes AYS will create (11) ___________________ environment. It said giving people more options can really change behaviour and (12) ___________________, "where everyone feels like they can be themselves".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheTinderdatingapphasanewfeaturetocutonlineharassment.Ituses
A.I.todetectandflaguppossibleabusivelanguageinmessageswrittenb
ytheuser.Afterthewriterofthemessagepresses'send',asmallboxpops
upthatasks,"Areyousure?"or"AYS?"TinderhopesAYSwillcutthenumb
erofabusivemessages.Whentestingtheapp,thenumberofsuchmessa
gesfellby10percent.ThefeatureisonEnglishandJapaneseversionsoft
heapp.Tinder'sappletsusersswipephotosandlikeordislikeprofilesofp
ossiblelovematches.Theappmatchesusers,whocanthenexchangem
essagesandarrangeadate.Theapphasresultedinmanyfindinglove,bu
tithasbeenabused.TinderhopesAYSwillcreateasaferonlineenvironm
ent.Itsaidgivingpeoplemoreoptionscanreallychangebehaviourandb
uildacommunity,"whereeveryonefeelsliketheycanbethemselves".

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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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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