The Reading / Listening - Facial Recognition - Level 0

A Beijing park started using facial recognition scanners to save toilet paper and stop thieves. They scan people's face and give them 60 cm of toilet paper. You must wait for nine minutes if you want extra paper. Some park visitors took too much toilet paper. The park put up posters asking visitors to use less toilet paper.



There is a surprise. The scanners are now a tourist attraction. Visitors are coming to see them. Videos of people using them have gone viral on the Internet. Staff help people who need more toilet paper. A social media user said: "This is a really good idea." The amount of toilet paper used is down by 20%.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Facial Recognition - Level 1 Facial Recognition - Level 2   or  Facial Recognition - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39324431
  • http://shanghaiist.com/2017/03/20/toilet_paper_theft_cameras.php
  • http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/face-scanner-to-wipe-out-toilet-paper-theft


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. stop
  2. They scan
  3. give them 60 cm
  4. You must wait
  5. if you want
  6. visitors took too
  7. The park put
  8. asking visitors to
  1. of toilet paper
  2. up posters
  3. extra paper
  4. use less toilet paper
  5. people's face
  6. for nine minutes
  7. thieves
  8. much toilet paper

Paragraph 2

  1. There is a
  2. The scanners are now a tourist
  3. Visitors are coming
  4. gone viral
  5. Staff help
  6. social
  7. This is a really good
  8. The amount of toilet paper used
  1. idea
  2. to see them
  3. on the Internet
  4. people
  5. surprise
  6. is down by 20%
  7. attraction
  8. media

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A Beijing (1) ___________________ using facial recognition scanners (2) ___________________ paper and stop thieves. They scan people's (3) ___________________ them 60 cm of toilet paper. You (4) ___________________ nine minutes if you want extra paper. Some park visitors (5) ___________________ toilet paper. The park (6) ___________________ asking visitors to use less toilet paper.

(7) ___________________ surprise. The scanners are now a (8) ___________________. Visitors are coming (9) ___________________. Videos of people using them have (10) ___________________ the Internet. Staff help people who need more toilet paper. A (11) ___________________ user said: "This is a really good idea." The amount of toilet paper (12) ___________________ 20%.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Abeijingparkstartedusingfacialrecognitionscannerstosavetoiletpap
erandstopthieves.Theyscanpeople'sfaceandgivethem60cmoftoiletp
aper.Youmustwaitfornineminutesifyouwantextrapaper.Someparkvi
sitorstooktoomuchtoiletpaper.Theparkputuppostersaskingvisitor
stouselesstoiletpaper.Thereisasurprise.Thescannersarenowatouris
tattraction.Visitorsarecomingtoseethem.Videosofpeopleusingthem
havegoneviralontheInternet.Staffhelppeoplewhoneedmoretoiletpa
per.Asocialmediausersaid:"Thisisareallygoodidea."Theamountoftoi
letpaperusedisdownby20%.

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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