The Reading / Listening - Facial Recognition - Level 3

A park in Beijing, China has started a trial to try and save toilet paper and prevent thieves from stealing it. Park officials have installed six facial recognition scanners at the city's Temple of Heaven Park. The machines will scan someone's face before providing him or her with 60 cm of toilet paper. That same person will then have to wait for nine minutes if they want extra paper. A park spokesman said there was a problem of visitors to the toilets taking too much toilet paper. He said some people came and filled their bags with it. The park had put up posters and broadcast messages over loudspeakers asking visitors to use less toilet paper.



The new facial recognition scanners have brought a surprise. They have become a tourist attraction. Visitors are now coming to look at and try out the machines. Videos of people pulling strips of toilet paper from the machines have gone viral on social media sites. Staff are available to help people with problems using the machines or for people who urgently need more toilet paper. The scanners seem to be popular. A user on the Chinese social media site Weibo commented: "This is a really good idea. I recommend that it be rolled out in toilets nationwide." The trial appears to be successful so far. The daily amount of toilet paper used in the park's toilets has gone down by 20 per cent.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Facial Recognition - Level 0 Facial Recognition - Level 1   or  Facial Recognition - Level 2

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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Warm-ups

1. TOILET PAPER: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about toilet paper. 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?

       park / thieves / officials / scanner / extra / problem / visitors / posters / broadcast /
       surprise / tourist attraction / videos / viral / social media / popular / nationwide

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. ALTERNATIVE: Students A strongly believe we should find an alternative to toilet paper; Students B strongly believe toilet paper is best.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. FACIAL RECOGNITION: How could it be useful for these things? What problems might there be? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Uses

Problems

Airports

 

 

Cars

 

 

Banks

 

 

Hospitals

 

 

Internet

 

 

Home

 

 

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5. SCAN: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "scan". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. TAKING THINGS: Rank these with your partner. Put the free things its most OK to take from public places at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • tissues
  • soap
  • salt
  • straws
  • toilet paper
  • ketchup sachets
  • newspapers
  • water

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The facial recognition machines are just part of a trial.     T / F
  2. Beijing has installed 60 facial recognition scanners in parks.     T / F
  3. The machine only gives people a 60-cm strip of toilet paper.     T / F
  4. A park put up posters asking people to use less toilet paper.     T / F
  5. The facial recognition scanners have become a tourist attraction.     T / F
  6. The article said the scanners are full of viruses.     T / F
  7. There are no staff in a park toilets because of the scanners.     T / F
  8. The scanners have had no effect on how much toilet paper is used.     T / F

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

  1. trial
  2. prevent
  3. providing
  4. extra
  5. filled
  6. strips
  7. urgently
  8. recommend
  9. appears
  10. gone down
  1. seems
  2. more
  3. seriously
  4. stop
  5. loaded
  6. decreased
  7. test
  8. pieces
  9. giving
  10. suggest

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

  1. prevent thieves from
  2. The machines will scan
  3. wait for nine minutes if they
  4. people came and
  5. broadcast messages over
  6. They have become a tourist
  7. gone viral
  8. for people who urgently
  9. I recommend that it be rolled out in
  10. The daily amount
  1. attraction
  2. filled their bags with it
  3. toilets nationwide
  4. someone's face
  5. of toilet paper used
  6. want extra paper
  7. need more
  8. loudspeakers
  9. on social media
  10. stealing it

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
extra
trial
filled
scan
providing
messages
thieves
problem

A park in Beijing, China has started a (1) ____________ to try and save toilet paper and prevent (2) ____________ from stealing it. Park officials have installed six facial recognition scanners at the city's Temple of Heaven Park. The machines will (3) ____________ someone's face before (4) ____________ him or her with 60 cm of toilet paper. That same person will then have to wait for nine minutes if they want (5) ____________ paper. A park spokesman said there was a (6) ____________ of visitors to the toilets taking too much toilet paper. He said some people came and (7) ____________ their bags with it. The park had put up posters and broadcast (8) ____________ over loudspeakers asking visitors to use less toilet paper.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
idea
attraction
gone
urgently
surprise
successful
popular
viral

The new facial recognition scanners have brought a                    (9) ____________. They have become a tourist                        (10) ____________. Visitors are now coming to look at and try out the machines. Videos of people pulling strips of toilet paper from the machines have gone (11) ____________ on social media sites. Staff are available to help people with problems using the machines or for people who (12) ____________ need more toilet paper. The scanners seem to be (13) ____________. A user on the Chinese social media site Weibo commented: "This is a really good (14) ____________. I recommend that it be rolled out in toilets nationwide." The trial appears to be (15) ____________ so far. The daily amount of toilet paper used in the park's toilets has (16) ____________ down by 20 per cent.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  a trial to try and save toilet paper and prevent thieves ______
     a.  from stolen it
     b.  from stealing it
     c.  from steal in it
     d.  from steel in it

2)  scan someone's face before providing him or her with 60 cm ______
     a.  off toilet paper
     b.  for toilet paper
     c.  of toilet paper
     d.  if toilet paper

3)  That same person will then have to wait for nine minutes if they ______
     a.  wants extra paper
     b.  wanting extra paper
     c.  want extra paper
     d.  wanted extra paper

4)  He said some people came and filled their ______
     a.  bags within it
     b.  bags without it
     c.  bags wither it
     d.  bags with it

5)  broadcast messages over loudspeakers asking visitors to use ______
     a.  less toilet paper
     b.  few toilet paper
     c.  bless toilet paper
     d.  lest toilet paper

6)  The new facial recognition scanners have ______
     a.  bought a surprise
     b.  ought a surprise
     c.  brought a surprise
     d.  taught a surprise

7)  Visitors are now coming to look at and try ______
     a.  out in the machines
     b.  outing the machines
     c.  outer the machines
     d.  out the machines

8)  Videos of people pulling strips of toilet paper from the machines have gone ______
     a.  virus on social media
     b.  viral on social media
     c.  virally on social media
     d.  rival on social media

9)  The scanners seem ______
     a.  to be popularity
     b.  to been popular
     c.  to be popular
     d.  too be popular

10)  The daily amount of toilet paper used in the park's toilets has gone down ______
     a.  by 12 per cent
     b.  by 22 per cent
     c.  by 200 per cent
     d.  by 20 per cent

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A park in Beijing, China has (1) ___________________ try and save toilet paper and prevent thieves from stealing it. Park officials (2) ___________________ facial recognition scanners at the city's Temple of Heaven Park. The machines will scan someone's face (3) ___________________ or her with 60 cm of toilet paper. That same person will then (4) ___________________ nine minutes if they want extra paper. A park spokesman said there was a problem of visitors to the toilets taking too much toilet paper. He said some (5) ___________________ filled their bags with it. The park had put up posters and broadcast messages over loudspeakers asking (6) ___________________ less toilet paper.

The new facial recognition scanners have (7) ___________________. They have become a tourist attraction. Visitors are now coming (8) ___________________ out the machines. Videos of people pulling strips of toilet paper from the machines have (9) ___________________ social media sites. Staff are available to help people with problems using the machines or for people (10) ___________________ more toilet paper. The scanners seem to be popular. A user on the Chinese social media site Weibo commented: "This is a really good idea. I recommend that (11) ___________________ in toilets nationwide." The trial appears to be successful so far. The daily amount of toilet paper used in the park's toilets has (12) ___________________ 20 per cent.

Comprehension questions

  1. Which Chinese city is trialling the facial recognition scanner?
  2. How many scanners has a park installed?
  3. How long is the piece of toilet paper the machine gives out?
  4. How long do visitors have to wait before they get extra toilet paper?
  5. What did the park put up to ask visitors to use less toilet paper?
  6. What have the scanners surprisingly become?
  7. What has happened to online videos of the scanners on social media?
  8. Who will help people who urgently need toilet paper?
  9. Where did a social media user suggest the machines be used?
  10. By how much has the use of toilet paper gone down in the park?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Which Chinese city is trialling the facial recognition scanner?
a) Nanjing
b) Beijing
c) Shanghai
d) Chengdu

2) How many scanners has a park installed?
a) 12
b) 10
c) 8
d) 6

3) How long is the piece of toilet paper the machine gives out?
a) 60cm
b) 50cm
c) 40cm
d) 30cm

4) How long do visitors have to wait before they get extra toilet paper?
a) 9 hours
b) 90 minutes
c) 9 minutes
d) 19 minutes

5) What did the park put up to ask visitors to use less toilet paper?
a) signs
b) posters
c) toilet roll holders
d) balloons

6) What have the scanners surprisingly become?
a) tourist attractions
b) TVs
c) homes for bees
d) rusty

7) What has happened to online videos of the scanners on social media?
a) they disappeared
b) they've been scanned
c) they've gone viral
d) they were banned

8) Who will help people who urgently need toilet paper?
a) park staff
b) the scanner company
c) park visitors
d) no one

9) Where did a social media user suggest the machines be used?
a) nationwide
b) in airports
c) worldwide
d) in restaurants

10) By how much has the use of toilet paper gone down in the park?
a) 20%
b) 22%
c) 12%
d) 25%

Role play

Role A — Toilet Paper

You think toilet paper is the thing it's most OK to take from public places. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why they should never take their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst thing of these to take (and why): ketchup, newspapers or straws.

Role B — Ketchup

You think ketchup is the thing that is most OK to take from public places. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why they should never take their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst thing of these to take (and why): toilet paper, newspapers or straws.

Role C — Newspapers

You think newspapers are the things that are most OK to take from public places. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why they should never take their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst thing of these to take (and why): ketchup, toilet paper or straws.

Role D — Straws

You think straws are the things that are most OK to take from public places. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why they should never take their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst thing of these to take (and why): ketchup, newspapers or toilet paper.

After reading / listening

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

'toilet'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'paper'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • surprise
    • tourist
    • viral
    • urgently
    • rolled
    • 20
    • save
    • face
    • nine
    • problem
    • bags
    • messages




    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 - Face recognition scanner to stop toilet paper thieves

    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 'toilet'?
    3. What do you think about facial recognition technology?
    4. Is controlling toilet paper a good use of facial recognition?
    5. Why do people steal toilet paper?
    6. Why do you think officials decided on a nine-minute wait?
    7. Do you take anything from public places or restaurants?
    8. How important is toilet paper?
    9. What harm does toilet paper do to the environment?
    10. What could we use instead of toilet paper?

    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 'paper'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What things could facial recognition technology be useful for?
    5. Is facial recognition or fingerprint recognition best?
    6. Would you go to see a facial recognition toilet paper machine?
    7. What other technology could be put in toilets?
    8. How else could the park stop the toilet paper thieves?
    9. Do you think the scanners will stop the toilet paper thieves?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the park officials?

    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)

    A park in Beijing, China has started a trial to try and (1) ____ toilet paper and prevent thieves from stealing it. Park officials have installed six facial recognition scanners (2) ____ the city's Temple of Heaven Park. The machines will scan someone's face before (3) ____ him or her with 60 cm of toilet paper. That (4) ____ person will then have to wait for nine minutes if they want extra paper. A park spokesman said there was a problem of visitors to the toilets taking too much toilet paper. He said some people came and filled their bags with (5) ____. The park had put up posters and broadcast messages over loudspeakers asking visitors to use (6) ____ toilet paper.

    The new facial recognition scanners have brought a surprise. They have become a (7) ____ attraction. Visitors are now coming to look at and try (8) ____ the machines. Videos of people pulling strips of toilet paper from the machines have gone (9) ____ on social media sites. Staff are available to help people with problems using the machines or for people who (10) ____ need more toilet paper. The scanners seem to be popular. A user on the Chinese social media site Weibo commented: "This is a really good idea. I recommend that it (11) ____ rolled out in toilets nationwide." The trial appears to be successful so far. The (12) ____ amount of toilet paper used in the park's toilets has gone down by 20 per cent.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     saving     (b)     save     (c)     saves     (d)     saved    
    2. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     as     (d)     to    
    3. (a)     provide     (b)     provision     (c)     provides     (d)     providing    
    4. (a)     sameness     (b)     same     (c)     similar     (d)     samey    
    5. (a)     this     (b)     it     (c)     them     (d)     those    
    6. (a)     fewer     (b)     small     (c)     less     (d)     own     
    7. (a)     tours     (b)     touristic     (c)     tourism     (d)     tourists    
    8. (a)     in     (b)     up     (c)     out     (d)     down    
    9. (a)     virally     (b)     virulent     (c)     virus     (d)     viral    
    10. (a)     urgently     (b)     urgent     (c)     urgency     (d)     emergent    
    11. (a)     be     (b)     have     (c)     do     (d)     wipe    
    12. (a)     day     (b)     days     (c)     daily     (d)     date

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     over loudspeakers asking visitors to use less toilet paper.

    (    )     people with problems using the machines or for people who urgently need more toilet paper. The scanners seem to

    (    )     idea. I recommend that it be rolled out in toilets nationwide." The trial appears

    (    )     attraction. Visitors are now coming to look at and try out the machines. Videos of people pulling

    (    )     strips of toilet paper from the machines have gone viral on social media sites. Staff are available to help

    (    )     scan someone's face before providing him or her with 60 cm of toilet paper. That same person will then have to wait

    1  )     A park in Beijing, China has started a trial to try and save toilet paper and prevent thieves from stealing

    (    )     be popular. A user on the Chinese social media site Weibo commented: This is a really good

    (    )     bags with it. The park had put up posters and broadcast messages

    (    )     to be successful so far. The daily amount of toilet paper used in the park's toilets has gone down by 20 per cent.

    (    )     too much toilet paper. He said some people came and filled their

    (    )     it. Park officials have installed six facial recognition scanners at the city's Temple of Heaven Park. The machines will

    (    )     for nine minutes if they want extra paper. A park spokesman said there was a problem of visitors to the toilets taking

    (    )     The new facial recognition scanners have brought a surprise. They have become a tourist

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. officials   Park   scanners   recognition   facial   six   installed   have   .
    3. machines   The   face   someone's   scan   will   .
    4. extra   minutes   paper   if   Wait   they   for   want   nine   .
    5. loudspeaker   asking   visitors   to   use   less   Messages   over   .
    6. scanners  The   have   new   brought  facial   a   recognition  surprise   .
    7. problems   with   people   help   to   available   are   Staff   .
    8. urgently   who   people   For   paper   toilet   more   need   .
    9. I   it   out   nationwide   that   rolled   toilets   recommend   be   in   .
    10. successful   be   to   appears   trial   The   far   so   .  

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A park in Beijing, China has started a trial / trail to try and save toilet paper and prevent thieves from stealing it / them. Park officials have installed six facial recognition scanners to / at the city's Temple of Heaven Park. The machines will scan someone's face before provision / providing him or her with 60 cm of toilet paper. That same / similar person will then have to waiting / wait for nine minutes if they want extra paper. A park spokesman said there was a problem of / by visitors to the toilets taking too much toilet paper. He said some people came and filled / filling their bags with it. The park had put up poster / posters and broadcast messages over loudspeakers asking visitors to use less / fewer toilet paper.

    The new facial recognition scanners have brought a / the surprise. They have become a tourist attraction / attractive. Visitors are now coming for / to look at and try out / in the machines. Videos of people pulling strips of toilet paper from the machines have gone viral / virus on social media sites. Staff are available to help people with problems used / using the machines or for people who urgent / urgently need more toilet paper. The scanners seem to be popular / popularity. A user on the Chinese social media site Weibo commented: "This is a really / reality good idea. I recommend that it be rolled out in toilets nationwide." The trial appears to be successful so far. The day / daily amount of toilet paper used in the park's toilets has gone down by 20 per cent.

    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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    Th_ n_w f_c__l r_c_gn_t__n sc_nn_rs h_v_ br__ght _ s_rpr_s_. Th_y h_v_ b_c_m_ _ t__r_st _ttr_ct__n. V_s_t_rs _r_ n_w c_m_ng t_ l__k _t _nd try __t th_ m_ch_n_s. V_d__s _f p__pl_ p_ll_ng str_ps _f t__l_t p_p_r fr_m th_ m_ch_n_s h_v_ g_n_ v_r_l _n s_c__l m_d__ s_t_s. St_ff _r_ _v__l_bl_ t_ h_lp p__pl_ w_th pr_bl_ms _s_ng th_ m_ch_n_s _r f_r p__pl_ wh_ _rg_ntly n__d m_r_ t__l_t p_p_r. Th_ sc_nn_rs s__m t_ b_ p_p_l_r. _ _s_r _n th_ Ch_n_s_ s_c__l m_d__ s_t_ W__b_ c_mm_nt_d: "Th_s _s _ r__lly g__d _d__. _ r_c_mm_nd th_t _t b_ r_ll_d __t _n t__l_ts n_t__nw_d_." Th_ tr__l _pp__rs t_ b_ s_cc_ssf_l s_ f_r. Th_ d__ly _m__nt _f t__l_t p_p_r _s_d _n th_ p_rk's t__l_ts h_s g_n_ d_wn by 20 p_r c_nt.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a park in beijing china has started a trial to try and save toilet paper and prevent thieves from stealing it park officials have installed six facial recognition scanners at the city's temple of heaven park the machines will scan someone's face before providing him or her with 60 cm of toilet paper that same person will then have to wait for nine minutes if they want extra paper a park spokesman said there was a problem of visitors to the toilets taking too much toilet paper he said some people came and filled their bags with it the park had put up posters and broadcast messages over loudspeakers asking visitors to use less toilet paper

    the new facial recognition scanners have brought a surprise they have become a tourist attraction visitors are now coming to look at and try out the machines videos of people pulling strips of toilet paper from the machines have gone viral on social media sites staff are available to help people with problems using the machines or for people who urgently need more toilet paper the scanners seem to be popular a user on the chinese social media site weibo commented "this is a really good idea i recommend that it be rolled out in toilets nationwide" the trial appears to be successful so far the daily amount of toilet paper used in the park's toilets has gone down by 20 per cent

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    eventthievesfromstealingit.Parkofficialshaveinstalledsixfacialrecog
    nitionscannersatthecity'sTempleofHeavenPark.Themachineswillsca
    nsomeone'sfacebeforeprovidinghimorherwith60cmoftoiletpaper.Th
    atsamepersonwillthenhavetowaitfornineminutesiftheywantextrapa
    per.Aparkspokesmansaidtherewasaproblemofvisitorstothetoiletsta
    kingtoomuchtoiletpaper.Hesaidsomepeoplecameandfilledtheirba
    gswithit.Theparkhadputuppostersandbroadcastmessagesoverloud
    speakersaskingvisitorstouselesstoiletpaper.Thenewfacialrecognitio
    nscannershavebroughtasurprise.Theyhavebecomeatouristattractio
    n.Visitorsarenowcomingtolookatandtryoutthemachines.Videosofpe
    oplepullingstripsoftoiletpaperfromthemachineshavegoneviralonsoc
    ialmediasites.Staffareavailabletohelppeoplewithproblemsusingthe
    machinesorforpeoplewhourgentlyneedmoretoiletpaper.Thescanner
    sseemtobepopular.AuserontheChinesesocialmediasiteWeibocomm
    ented:"Thisisareallygoodidea.Irecommendthatitberolledoutintoilet
    snationwide."Thetrialappearstobesuccessfulsofar.Thedailyamount
    oftoiletpaperusedinthepark'stoiletshasgonedownby20percent.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    We need to find an alternative to toilet paper to save trees. 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 story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. FACIAL RECOGNITION: Make a poster about facial recognition. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. ALTERNATIVE: Write a magazine article about the damage does to the environment. Write about the need to find a replacement that does not mean trees are cut down. 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 toilet paper. Ask him/her three questions about facial recognition. Give him/her three of your ideas on how it can help us. 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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