The Reading / Listening - Mind-Control Car - Level 1

Cars are getting more advanced. We now have better electric car technology, and driverless cars. The latest advance is a car that lets you use your mind to control things. Mercedes showed its futuristic Vision AVTR car at a mobility show this week. The letters at the end of its name make people think of the movie Avatar. Mercedes said the car would not be available to buy in the near future. Vision AVTR is currently just a concept car.

Mercedes is using brain-computer interface in the car. Computers "read" the driver's brain. The driver will then be able to do things using just their thoughts. A spokeswoman said the futuristic car was exciting. She said: "Mercedes is setting another milestone in the [joining] of man and machine." The Mercedes website says: "As soon as you get in, 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 0 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 getting more
  2. We now have better electric
  3. a car that lets you use your mind
  4. at a mobility
  5. The letters at the end
  6. not be available
  7. in the near
  8. just a concept
  1. future
  2. to buy
  3. car
  4. of its name
  5. advanced
  6. show
  7. car technology
  8. to control things

Paragraph 2

  1. Mercedes is using brain-
  2. Computers "read"
  3. be able to do
  4. using just their
  5. the futuristic
  6. setting another
  7. an extension of your own
  8. discover the
  1. the driver's brain
  2. body
  3. thoughts
  4. environment
  5. milestone
  6. car
  7. computer interface
  8. things

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Cars (1) ___________________ advanced. We now have better electric car technology, (2) ___________________. The latest advance is a car that lets you (3) ___________________ to control things. Mercedes showed its futuristic Vision AVTR car at a mobility show this week. The letters (4) ___________________ of its name make people think of the movie Avatar. Mercedes said the car would not (5) ___________________ buy in the near future. Vision AVTR is currently just (6) ___________________.

Mercedes is using brain-computer (7) ___________________ car. Computers "read" (8) ___________________. The driver will then be able to do things using (9) ___________________. A spokeswoman said the futuristic car was exciting. She said: "Mercedes (10) ___________________ milestone in the [joining] of man and machine." The Mercedes website says: "As soon as you get in, the car becomes (11) ___________________ your own body and a (12) ___________________ the environment."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Carsaregettingmoreadvanced.Wenowhavebetterelectriccartechnol
ogy,anddriverlesscars.Thelatestadvanceisacarthatletsyouuseyour
mindtocontrolthings.MercedesshoweditsfuturisticVisionAVTRcarata
mobilityshowthisweek.Thelettersattheendofitsnamemakepeoplethi
nkofthemovieAvatar.Mercedessaidthecarwouldnotbeavailabletobu
yinthenearfuture.VisionAVTRiscurrentlyjustaconceptcar.Mercedesi
susingbrain-computerinterfaceinthecar.Computers"read"thedrive
r'sbrain.Thedriverwillthenbeabletodothingsusingjusttheirthoughts.
Aspokeswomansaidthefuturisticcarwasexciting.Shesaid:"Mercedes
issettinganothermilestoneinthe[joining]ofmanandmachine."TheMe
rcedeswebsitesays:"Assoonasyougetin,thecarbecomesanextension
ofyourownbodyandatooltodiscovertheenvironment."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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