The Reading / Listening - Facial Recognition - Level 2

A park in Beijing started a trial to save toilet paper and stop thieves from stealing it. The Temple of Heaven Park installed six facial recognition scanners. These will scan people's face before giving them 60 cm of toilet paper. A person will have to wait for nine minutes if they want extra paper. A park spokesman said there was a problem of park visitors taking too much toilet paper. He said some people came and filled their bags with it. The park had put up posters and put messages over loudspeakers asking visitors to use less toilet paper.



The facial recognition scanners have brought a surprise. They have become a tourist attraction. Visitors are coming to try out the machines. Videos of people taking toilet paper from the machines have gone viral on social media. Park staff still help people with problems using the machines or those who urgently need more toilet paper. The scanners seem to be popular. A user on a Chinese social media site wrote: "This is a really good idea. I recommend that it be rolled out in toilets nationwide." The trial is a success so far. The daily amount of toilet paper used has gone down by 20%.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Facial Recognition - Level 0 Facial Recognition - Level 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A park in Beijing started a
  2. stop thieves
  3. These will scan
  4. wait for nine minutes if
  5. visitors taking too
  6. The park had put
  7. put messages over
  8. asking visitors to
  1. they want extra paper
  2. loudspeakers
  3. much toilet paper
  4. use less toilet paper
  5. up posters
  6. from stealing it
  7. people's face
  8. trial

Paragraph 2

  1. They have become a tourist
  2. Visitors are coming to try
  3. gone viral on
  4. staff still help people
  5. those who urgently need
  6. The scanners seem
  7. The daily amount of toilet paper
  8. gone down
  1. social media
  2. more
  3. used
  4. to be popular
  5. by 20%
  6. out the machines
  7. attraction
  8. with problems

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A park in Beijing (1) ___________________ to save toilet paper and stop thieves from stealing it. The Temple of Heaven Park installed six facial recognition scanners. (2) ___________________ people's face before giving them 60 cm of toilet paper. A person will have to (3) ___________________ minutes if they want extra paper. A park spokesman said there (4) ___________________ of park visitors taking too much toilet paper. He said some people came and filled their (5) ___________________. The park had put up posters and put messages over loudspeakers (6) ___________________ use less toilet paper.

The facial recognition scanners have (7) ___________________. They have become a tourist attraction. Visitors are coming (8) ___________________ machines. Videos of people taking toilet paper from the machines have (9) ___________________ social media. Park staff still help people with problems using the machines or those (10) ___________________ more toilet paper. The scanners seem to be popular. A user on a Chinese social media site wrote: "This is a (11) ___________________. I recommend that it be rolled out in toilets nationwide." The trial is a success so far. The daily amount of toilet paper used (12) ___________________ 20%.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AparkinBeijingstartedatrialtosavetoiletpaperandstopthievesfromst
ealingit.TheTempleofHeavenParkinstalledsixfacialrecognitionscann
ers.Thesewillscanpeople'sfacebeforegivingthem60cmoftoiletpaper.
Apersonwillhavetowaitfornineminutesiftheywantextrapaper.Aparks
pokesmansaidtherewasaproblemofparkvisitorstakingtoomuchtoil
etpaper.Hesaidsomepeoplecameandfilledtheirbagswithit.Theparkh
adputuppostersandputmessagesoverloudspeakersaskingvisitorsto
uselesstoiletpaper.Thefacialrecognitionscannershavebroughtasurp
rise.Theyhavebecomeatouristattraction.Visitorsarecomingtotryoutt
hemachines.Videosofpeopletakingtoiletpaperfromthemachineshav
egoneviralonsocialmedia.Parkstaffstillhelppeoplewithproblemsusin
gthemachinesorthosewhourgentlyneedmoretoiletpaper.Thescanne
rsseemtobepopular.AuseronaChinesesocialmediasitewrote:"Thisis
areallygoodidea.Irecommendthatitberolledoutintoiletsnationwide."
Thetrialisasuccesssofar.Thedailyamountoftoiletpaperusedhasgone
downby20%.

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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