The Reading / Listening - Dating App - Level 6

The dating app Tinder has launched a new feature designed to help reduce online harassment. The app uses an algorithm to detect potentially abusive content contained in a message created by the user. Artificial intelligence is used to create a database that flags up examples of abusive or inappropriate language. After the author of the message presses 'send', a small box pops up that asks, "Are you sure?" or "AYS?" Developers at Tinder are optimistic the new feature will drastically cut the number of abusive messages sent on the platform. They say that while testing the app, the volume of such messages fell by 10 per cent. The new feature has been rolled out on English and Japanese versions of the app.



The Tinder dating app allows users to anonymously swipe photos and like or dislike the profiles of possible love matches based on photos, biographies and common interests. Once the app deems two users as being "matched", they can exchange messages and arrange a date. While the app has resulted in many finding love, like similar apps, it has been abused. AYS works on the concept of "act in haste, repent at leisure". The company says AYS is its response to keeping Tinder a safe environment. It said: "The early results...show us that intervention done the right way can be really meaningful in changing behaviour and building a community where everyone feels like they can be themselves."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Dating App - Level 4  or  Dating App - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. DATING APP: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about dating apps. 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?
       dating / app / harassment / abusive / database / language / message / sure / version
       swipe / profile / biography / date / haste / repent / leisure / results / community
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PUNISHMENT: Students A strongly believe there should be very harsh punishments for online abuse; Students B strongly believe there shouldn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. MATCHES: How important are these things in a partner? What would you say about yourself regarding these things? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Importance

Me

Intelligence

 

 

Looks

 

 

Politics

 

 

Humour

 

 

Hobbies

 

 

Salary

 

 

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

  • Dating
  • Weather
  • Sport
  • News
  • Maps
  • Social media
  • English
  • Fashion

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. launched a. Discover or identify the presence or existence of.
      2. harassment b. Introduce a new product, feature or publication to the public for the first time.
      3. algorithm c. A set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.
      4. detect d. Hopeful and confident about the future.
      5. abusive e. A particular form of something differing in certain respects from an earlier forms.
      6. optimistic f. Aggressive pressure or bullying.
      7. version g. Extremely offensive and insulting.

    Paragraph 2

      8. anonymously h. Regard or consider in a specified way.
      9. swipe i. The action or process of sorting out other people's affairs.
      10. biography j. Feel or express sincere regret about one's wrongdoing.
      11. deem k. Brief details about someone's life.
      12. haste l. Excessive speed or urgency of movement or action; hurry.
      13. repent m. In a way that prevents a person from being identified by name.
      14. intervention n. Move one's finger(s) across a touchscreen in order to activate a function.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Tinder's new app will stop online harassment.     T / F
  2. Tinder's new app uses artificial intelligence to flag up abusive content.     T / F
  3. A message asking the user "Are you sure?" appears in a pop-up box.     T / F
  4. The "Are You Sure?" feature is currently only on the English Tinder.     T / F
  5. Tinder users look at biographies and profiles of other users.     T / F
  6. Once Tinder matches two people, they get each other's phone number.   T / F
  7. Tinder said the app was for people to repent in haste and act in leisure.   T / F
  8. Tinder wants people to be themselves online.     T / F

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

  1. launched
  2. harassment
  3. flags up
  4. pops up
  5. volume
  6. profiles
  7. interests
  8. exchange
  9. haste
  10. behaviour
  1. descriptions
  2. appears
  3. conduct
  4. intimidation
  5. swap
  6. started
  7. hurriedness
  8. amount
  9. highlights
  10. hobbies

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

  1. The dating app Tinder has
  2. help reduce online
  3. detect potentially
  4. of abusive or inappropriate
  5. The new feature has been rolled
  6. profiles of possible
  7. they can exchange messages
  8. act in haste,
  9. its response to keeping Tinder
  10. building a
  1. love matches
  2. repent at leisure
  3. language
  4. abusive content
  5. community
  6. launched a new feature
  7. a safe environment
  8. out
  9. harassment
  10. and arrange a date

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
database
pops
volume
launched
rolled
abusive
algorithm
drastically

The dating app Tinder has (1) _____________________ a new feature designed to help reduce online harassment. The app uses an (2) _____________________ to detect potentially abusive content contained in a message created by the user. Artificial intelligence is used to create a (3) _____________________ that flags up examples of (4) _____________________ or inappropriate language. After the author of the message presses 'send', a small box (5) _____________________ up that asks, "Are you sure?" or "AYS?" Developers at Tinder are optimistic the new feature will (6) _____________________ cut the number of abusive messages sent on the platform. They say that while testing the app, the (7) _____________________ of such messages fell by 10 per cent. The new feature has been (8) _____________________ out on English and Japanese versions of the app.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
resulted
matches
community
deems
intervention
concept
swipe
repent

The Tinder dating app allows users to anonymously (9) _____________________ photos and like or dislike the profiles of possible love (10) _____________________ based on photos, biographies and common interests. Once the app (11) _____________________ two users as being "matched", they can exchange messages and arrange a date. While the app has (12) _____________________ in many finding love, like similar apps, it has been abused. AYS works on the (13) _____________________ of "act in haste, (14) _____________________ at leisure". The company says AYS is its response to keeping Tinder a safe environment. It said: "The early results...show us that (15) _____________________ done the right way can be really meaningful in changing behaviour and building a (16) _____________________ where everyone feels like they can be themselves."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Tinder has launched a new feature designed to help reduce ______
     a.  online harass meant
     b.  online harassed meant
     c.  online harass mint
     d.  online harassment
2)  Artificial intelligence is used to create a database that ______
     a.  flag sup examples
     b.  flags sup examples
     c.  flags up examples
     d.  flags upper examples
3)  Developers at Tinder are optimistic the new feature will ______ number
     a.  drastically cuts the
     b.  drastically cutting the
     c.  drastically cut the
     d.  drastically cutter
4)  They say that while testing the app, the volume ______
     a.  of much message
     b.  of much messages
     c.  of such messages
     d.  of such message
5)  The new feature has been rolled out on English and ______
     a.  Japanese visions
     b.  Japanese venison
     c.  Japanese versions
     d.  Japanese aversions

6)  The Tinder dating app allows users to anonymously ______
     a.  swipe photos
     b.  swift photos
     c.  swap photos
     d.  wipe photos
7)  possible love matches based on photos, biographies and ______
     a.  common interests
     b.  commoner interests
     c.  commonly interests
     d.  commons interests
8)  they can exchange messages and ______
     a.  derange a date
     b.  a range a date
     c.  arrange a date
     d.  harangue a date
9)  AYS works on the concept of act in haste, ______
     a.  resent at leisure
     b.  recent at leisure
     c.  repent at leisure
     d.  reap pent at leisure
10)  done the right way can be really meaningful in changing behaviour and ______
     a.  build in a community
     b.  build din a community
     c.  building a community
     d.  build dinner community

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The dating app Tinder has launched (1) ____________________ designed to help reduce online harassment. The app uses an (2) ____________________ potentially abusive content contained in a message created by the user. Artificial intelligence is used to create a database (3) ___________________ examples of abusive or inappropriate language. After the author of the message presses 'send', a small box pops up that asks, "Are you sure?" or "AYS?" Developers at Tinder (4) ____________________ new feature will drastically cut the number of abusive messages sent on the platform. They say that while testing the app, the (5) ____________________ messages fell by 10 per cent. The new feature has been (6) ____________________ English and Japanese versions of the app.

The Tinder dating app allows users (7) ____________________ photos and like or dislike the (8) ____________________ love matches based on photos, biographies and common interests. Once the app (9) ____________________ as being "matched", they can exchange messages and arrange a date. While the app has resulted in many finding love, (10) ____________________, it has been abused. AYS works on the concept of "act in haste, (11) ____________________". The company says AYS is its response to keeping Tinder a safe environment. It said: "The early results...show us (12) ____________________ the right way can be really meaningful in changing behaviour and building a community where everyone feels like they can be themselves."

Comprehension questions

  1. What does the Tinder app use to help reduce online harassment?
  2. What is artificial intelligence used to create?
  3. What pops up in the app?
  4. How confident are Tinder developers that the feature will work?
  5. In what two languages has the new feature been rolled out?
  6. What does the app allow users to swipe?
  7. What can users exchange once a match has been established?
  8. What has the app led to many people finding?
  9. What kind of environment does Tinder want to create?
  10. What does Tinder want people to feel they can be?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What does the Tinder app use to help reduce online harassment?
a) penalties
b) an algorithm
c) bans
d) harassment hunters
2)  What is artificial intelligence used to create?
a) fear
b) brains
c) a database
d) a decent society
3)  What pops up in the app?
a) an ad
b) a warning
c) a scary face
d) a box
4)  How confident are Tinder developers that the feature will work?
a) not very
b) they are optimistic
c) they are a little pessimistic
d) supremely confident
5)  In what two languages has the new feature been rolled out?
a) English and Japanese
b) German and Portuguese
c) Icelandic and Norwegian
d) Arabic and Hindi

6)  What does the app allow users to swipe?
a) photos
b) a screen
c) left
d) abusive content
7)  What can users exchange once a match has been established?
a) gifts
b) smartphones
c) cards
d) messages
8)  What has the app led to many people finding?
a) money
b) problems
c) love
d) old flames
9)  What kind of environment does Tinder want to create?
a) a racy environment
b) a digital environment
c) a loving environment
d) a safe environment
10)  What does Tinder want people to feel they can be?
a) lovers
b) themselves
c) honest
d) married

Role play

Role  A – Dating
You think a dating app is the best app. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their apps. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these apps (and why): weather, maps or English.

Role  B – Weather
You think a weather app is the best app. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their apps. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these apps (and why): dating, maps or English.

Role  C – Maps
You think a maps app is the best app. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their apps. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these apps (and why): weather, dating or English.

Role  D – English
You think an English app is the best app. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their apps. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these apps (and why): weather, maps or dating.

After reading / listening

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

'dating'

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  • and 'app'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • launched
    • detect
    • flags
    • pops
    • cut
    • versions
    • swipe
    • common
    • exchange
    • concept
    • right
    • feels




    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 - Dating App

    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 'dating'?
    3. What do you think of dating apps?
    4. What are the good and bad things about dating apps?
    5. Why is there so much online harassment?
    6. Have you ever regretted sending a message online?
    7. Is the 'Are You Sure?' button a good idea?
    8. What other buttons do apps need?
    9. What should happen to people who are abusive online?
    10. What advice do you have for people who are abused online?

    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 'app'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Would you use a dating app?
    5. What is the best way to find a partner?
    6. When was the last time you acted in haste?
    7. How has dating changed over the years?
    8. What is your idea of a perfect date?
    9. What is your idea of a perfect partner?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Tinder?

    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)

    The dating app Tinder has launched a new (1) ____ designed to help reduce online harassment. The app uses an algorithm to (2) ____ potentially abusive content contained in a message created by the user. Artificial intelligence is used to create a database that (3) ____ up examples of abusive or inappropriate language. After the author of the message presses 'send', a small box (4) ____ up that asks, "Are you sure?" or "AYS?" Developers at Tinder are optimistic the new feature will drastically cut the number of abusive messages sent on the (5) ____. They say that while testing the app, the volume of such messages fell by 10 per cent. The new feature has been (6) ____ out on English and Japanese versions of the app.

    The Tinder dating app allows users to anonymously swipe photos and like or dislike the profiles of possible love (7) ____ based on photos, biographies and common interests. Once the app deems two users as being "matched", they can exchange messages and arrange a date. While the app has resulted (8) ____ many finding love, like similar apps, it has been abused. AYS works on the concept (9) ____ "act in haste, repent at leisure". The company says AYS is its (10) ____ to keeping Tinder a safe environment. It said: "The early results...show us that intervention done the right way can be really (11) ____ in changing behaviour and building a community where everyone feels like they can be (12) ____."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     fissure     (b)     feature     (c)     future     (d)     fetter    
    2. (a)     deject     (b)     detect     (c)     deflect     (d)     defect    
    3. (a)     bunting     (b)     streamers     (c)     banners     (d)     flags    
    4. (a)     plops     (b)     pops     (c)     props     (d)     poops    
    5. (a)     stage     (b)     platform     (c)     policy     (d)     podium    
    6. (a)     ruled     (b)     riled     (c)     rolled     (d)     rallied    
    7. (a)     patches     (b)     ratchets     (c)     matches     (d)     hatches    
    8. (a)     on     (b)     of     (c)     in     (d)     at    
    9. (a)     as     (b)     on     (c)     to     (d)     of    
    10. (a)     response     (b)     respite     (c)     dispense     (d)     disperse    
    11. (a)     meaningful     (b)     function     (c)     conversion     (d)     ambition    
    12. (a)     ourselves     (b)     selves     (c)     themselves     (d)     yourselves

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The Tinder dating app allowances / allows users to anonymously swipe / swap photos and like or dislike the prolific / profiles of possible love matches based on photos, biographies and common interests. Once the app deems two users as been / being "matched", they can exchange messages and arrange a date. While the app has resulted in many funding / finding love, like similar apps, it has been abused. AYS works on the concept of "act in haste, repent to / at leisure". The company says AYS is its response to keeping Tinder a safe environment. It said: "The early results...show them / us that intervention done the right way can be really meaning / meaningful in changing behaviour and building a community / immunity where everyone feels like they can be themselves / ourselves."

    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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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the dating app tinder has launched a new feature designed to help reduce online harassment the app uses an algorithm to detect potentially abusive content contained in a message created by the user artificial intelligence is used to create a database that flags up examples of abusive or inappropriate language after the author of the message presses send a small box pops up that asks are you sure or ays developers at tinder are optimistic the new feature will drastically cut the number of abusive messages sent on the platform they say that while testing the app the volume of such messages fell by 10 per cent the new feature has been rolled out on english and japanese versions of the app

    the tinder dating app allows users to anonymously swipe photos and like or dislike the profiles of possible love matches based on photos biographies and common interests once the app deems two users as being matched they can exchange messages and arrange a date while the app has resulted in many finding love like similar apps it has been abused ays works on the concept of act in haste repent at leisure the company says ays is its response to keeping tinder a safe environment it said the early resultsshow us that intervention done the right way can be really meaningful in changing behaviour and building a community where everyone feels like they can be themselves

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    eonlineharassment.Theappusesanalgorithmtodetectpotentiallyabu
    sivecontentcontainedinamessagecreatedbytheuser.Artificialintellig
    enceisusedtocreateadatabasethatflagsupexamplesofabusiveorinap
    propriatelanguage.Aftertheauthorofthemessagepresses'send',asm
    allboxpopsupthatasks,"Areyousure?"or"AYS?"DevelopersatTindera
    reoptimisticthenewfeaturewilldrasticallycutthenumberofabusiveme
    ssagessentontheplatform.Theysaythatwhiletestingtheapp,thevolu
    meofsuchmessagesfellby10percent.Thenewfeaturehasbeenrolledo
    utonEnglishandJapaneseversionsoftheapp.TheTinderdatingappallo
    wsuserstoanonymouslyswipephotosandlikeordisliketheprofilesofpo
    ssiblelovematchesbasedonphotos,biographiesandcommoninterests
    .Oncetheappdeemstwousersasbeing"matched",theycanexchangem
    essagesandarrangeadate.Whiletheapphasresultedinmanyfindinglo
    ve,likesimilarapps,ithasbeenabused.AYSworksontheconceptof"acti
    nhaste,repentatleisure".ThecompanysaysAYSisitsresponsetokeepi
    ngTinderasafeenvironment.Itsaid:"Theearlyresults...showusthatint
    erventiondonetherightwaycanbereallymeaningfulinchangingbehavi
    ourandbuildingacommunitywhereeveryonefeelsliketheycanbethem
    selves."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Dating apps should be much more regulated. 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. DATING APP: Make a poster about dating app. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. ONLINE ABUSE: Write a magazine article about giving huge fines and lengthy spells in prison for online abuse. 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 dating apps. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on hoe to make them better. 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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