The Reading / Listening - Mind-Control Car - Level 0

Cars are now advanced. There are electric cars and driverless cars. The latest advance is a car that lets you use your mind to control things. It is from Mercedes. It is called the Vision AVTR. The letters "AVTR" make people think of the movie Avatar. We cannot buy the car yet because it is just a concept car.

The Vision AVTR uses brain-computer interface. Computers "read" the driver's brain. The driver can do things using just their thoughts. Mercedes said it is a big step in the joining of man and machine. It said: "The car becomes an extension of your own body and a tool to discover the environment."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Mind-Control Car - Level 1 Mind-Control Car - Level 2   or  Mind-Control Car - Level 3

Sources
  • https://mashable.com/article/mercedes-benz-vision-avtr-mind-read
  • https://www.techradar.com/news/mercedes-is-showing-off-actual-working-in-car-mind-control
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/16065137/new-mercedes-vision-avtr-mind-control-brain/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Cars are now
  2. The latest advance
  3. use your
  4. control
  5. It is from
  6. The letters
  7. make people think
  8. it is just a concept
  1. mind
  2. of the movie
  3. is a car
  4. car
  5. "AVTR"
  6. things
  7. Mercedes
  8. advanced

Paragraph 2

  1. The Vision AVTR uses brain-
  2. Computers read
  3. The driver can do
  4. using just
  5. Mercedes said it
  6. the joining of man
  7. an extension of your own
  8. a tool to discover
  1. their thoughts
  2. body
  3. the driver's brain
  4. the environment
  5. things
  6. is a big step
  7. computer interface
  8. and machine

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Cars (1) ___________________. There are electric cars (2) ___________________. The latest advance is a car that lets you use your (3) ___________________ things. It is from Mercedes. It is called the Vision AVTR. The letters "AVTR" (4) ___________________ of the movie Avatar. We (5) ___________________ car yet because it is just (6) ___________________.

The Vision AVTR (7) ___________________ interface. Computers "read" (8) ___________________. The driver can do things using (9) ___________________. Mercedes said it is a big step in the (10) ___________________ and machine. It said: "The car becomes (11) ___________________ your own body and a (12) ___________________ the environment."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Carsarenowadvanced.Thereareelectriccarsanddriverlesscars.Thela
testadvanceisacarthatletsyouuseyourmindtocontrolthings.Itisfrom
Mercedes.ItiscalledtheVisionAVTR.Theletters"AVTR"makepeoplethi
nkofthemovieAvatar.Wecannotbuythecaryetbecauseitisjustaconce
ptcar.TheVisionAVTRusesbrain-computerinterface.Computers"re
ad"thedriver'sbrain.Thedrivercandothingsusingjusttheirthoughts.M
ercedessaiditisabigstepinthejoiningofmanandmachine.Itsaid:"Thec
arbecomesanextensionofyourownbodyandatooltodiscovertheenvir
onment."

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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