The Reading / Listening - Vocabulary App - Level 6

Sesame Workshop (the company behind the hugely successful children's TV show Sesame Street) and IBM have teamed up to create a revolutionary new app for kids to learn vocabulary. The joint venture has created the first vocabulary learning app powered by IBM's artificial intelligence software. The app discovers for itself a child's current reading level and vocabulary range, and then uses its algorithms to challenge the child with appropriate, new vocabulary to improve the child's skills. It personalizes the learning experience for children. As the child continues to use the app, it will ensure he or she has learned and understood the new words before introducing additional, tailored vocabulary items.



IBM says it has just completed a pilot program testing the app. It collected 18,000 multiple-choice assessments given to kindergarteners over a two-week period. The researchers said the results were very promising. They said the kids learned words like "arachnid," "amplify," "camouflage," and "applause," which are typically learned at a much later age. The children could also use these words in context. Sesame Workshop CEO Jeffrey Dunn said: "We expect to develop the next generation of tailored learning tools….Educational technology like the platform we've created…is a promising new channel for learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, and we're excited to explore it further."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Vocabulary App - Level 4  or  Vocabulary App - Level 5

Sources
  • https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/07/sesame-workshop-and-ibm-team-up-to-test-a-new-a-i-powered-teaching-method/
  • http://kidscreen.com/2017/06/07/sesame-and-ibm-watson-test-vocab-app-in-us-schools/
  • https://techdigg.com/2017/06/07/ibm-and-sesame-street-join-forces-to-tackle-education/


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Warm-ups

1. VOCABULARY: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about vocabulary. 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?

       Sesame Street / children's TV / IBM / vocabulary / artificial intelligence / learning /
       pilot / program / testing / context / channel / opportunities / classroom / explore

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

3. APPS: Students A strongly believe apps are the best way to learn a new langiage; Students B strongly believe they aren't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. LEARNING ENGLISH: What are the best ways to learn these aspects of English? How well do these ways work for you? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Ways

How well they work for you

Vocabulary

 

 

Grammar

 

 

Pronunciation

 

 

Listening

 

 

Speaking

 

 

Writing

 

 

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

6. LEARNING VOCABULARY: Rank these with your partner. Put the best ways of learning vocabulary at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • picture cards
  • TV shows
  • English lessons
  • movies
  • apps
  • flash cards
  • vocab lists
  • reading

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The company that makes Sesame Street is called Sesame Workshop.     T / F
  2. The app uses IBM's artificial intelligence software.     T / F
  3. The app personalizes vocabulary learning for each student.     T / F
  4. The app cannot tailor vocabulary items for students.     T / F
  5. IBM said it has tested the app with pilots.     T / F
  6. Kids using the app learned words that were harder for their age.     T / F
  7. The CEO of Sesame Workshop promised a new channel.     T / F
  8. The CEO said there was no need to explore more opportunities.     T / F

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

  1. hugely
  2. team up
  3. venture
  4. appropriate
  5. additional
  6. pilot
  7. promising
  8. develop
  9. opportunities
  10. explore
  1. project
  2. chances
  3. relevant
  4. encouraging
  5. collaborate
  6. initiate
  7. look into
  8. really
  9. experimental
  10. extra

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

  1. the company behind the hugely successful
  2. create a revolutionary
  3. joint
  4. artificial
  5. It personalizes the learning
  6. it has just completed a pilot
  7. It collected 18,000 multiple-
  8. use these words in
  9. learning
  10. we're excited to explore it
  1. choice assessments
  2. venture
  3. further
  4. experience
  5. new app
  6. context
  7. opportunities
  8. children's TV show
  9. program
  10. intelligence

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
revolutionary
challenge
hugely
items
level
ensure
powered
experience

Sesame Workshop (the company behind the (1) ____________ successful children's TV show Sesame Street) and IBM have teamed up to create a (2) ____________ new app for kids to learn vocabulary. The joint venture has created the first vocabulary learning app (3) ____________ by IBM's artificial intelligence software. The app discovers for itself a child's current reading (4) ____________ and vocabulary range, and then uses its algorithms to (5) ____________ the child with appropriate, new vocabulary to improve the child's skills. It personalizes the learning (6) ____________ for children. As the child continues to use the app, it will (7) ____________ he or she has learnt and understood the new words before introducing additional, tailored vocabulary (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
period
generation
typically
pilot
further
context
platform
promising

IBM says it has just completed a (9) ____________ program testing the app. It collected 18,000 multiple-choice assessments given to kindergarteners over a two-week (10) ____________. The researchers said the results were very (11) ____________. They said the kids learned words like "arachnid," "amplify," "camouflage," and "applause," which are (12) ____________ learned at a much later age. The children could also use these words in (13) ____________. Sesame Workshop CEO Jeffrey Dunn said: "We expect to develop the next (14) ____________ of tailored learning tools….Educational technology like the (15) ____________ we've created…is a promising new channel for learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, and we're excited to explore it (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  teamed up to create a revolutionary new app for kids ______
     a.  too learn vocabulary
     b.  to learned vocabulary
     c.  to learn vocabulary
     d.  to learning vocabulary

2)  the first vocabulary learning app powered by IBM's artificial ______
     a.  intelligent software
     b.  intelligentsia software
     c.  intelligences software
     d.  intelligence software

3)  The app discovers for itself a child's current reading level ______
     a.  and vocabulary ranges
     b.  and vocabulary ranged
     c.  and vocabulary ranger
     d.  and vocabulary range

4)  uses its algorithms to challenge the child with ______ vocabulary
     a.  appropriate, new
     b.  appropriately, new
     c.  appropriate, newly
     d.  appropriately, newly

5)  understood the new words before introducing additional, tailored ______
     a.  vocabulary item
     b.  vocabulary items
     c.  vocabulary itemize
     d.  vocabulary itemized

6)  IBM says it has just completed a pilot program ______
     a.  test in the app
     b.  testing the app
     c.  testing in the app
     d.  test in an app

7)  It collected 18,000 multiple-choice assessments ______
     a.  given to kinder gardeners
     b.  given to kind are gardeners
     c.  given to kin and gardeners
     d.  given to kindergarteners

8)  The children could also use these ______
     a.  words on context
     b.  words in contexts
     c.  words in context
     d.  words on contexts

9)  We expect to develop the next generation of ______
     a.  tailored learn in tools
     b.  tailored learning tools
     c.  tailored learning in tools
     d.  tailored learning tool

10)  opportunities inside and outside the classroom, and we're excited to ______
     a.  explorer it further
     b.  explored it further
     c.  explores it further
     d.  explore it further

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Sesame Workshop (the company (1) ___________________ successful children's TV show Sesame Street) and IBM have teamed up to create a revolutionary (2) ___________________ kids to learn vocabulary. The joint venture has created the first vocabulary learning app powered by IBM's (3) ___________________ software. The app discovers for itself a child's current reading level and vocabulary (4) ___________________ its algorithms to challenge the child with appropriate, new vocabulary to improve the child's skills. It personalizes (5) ___________________ for children. As the child continues to use the app, it will ensure he or she has learnt and understood (6) ___________________ introducing additional, tailored vocabulary items.

IBM says it has (7) ___________________ pilot program testing the app. It collected 18,000 multiple-choice assessments given to kindergarteners over (8) ___________________. The researchers said the results were very promising. They said the kids (9) ___________________ "arachnid," "amplify," "camouflage," and "applause," which are typically learned at a much later age. The children could also use these (10) ___________________. Sesame Workshop CEO Jeffrey Dunn said: "We expect to develop the (11) ___________________ tailored learning tools….Educational technology like the platform we've created…is a promising new channel for learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, and we're excited (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the company that is behind Sesame Street?
  2. What IBM software is the learning app powered by?
  3. What does the app use to challenge children with vocabulary?
  4. What does the app personalize for children?
  5. What kind of items does the app tailor for children?
  6. What kind of program has IBM just completed?
  7. How many multiple-choice assessments did the researchers collect?
  8. How did the researchers say children could use newly-learned words?
  9. What did researchers say was a promising new channel?
  10. Where did researchers say learning opportunities existed?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the name of the company that is behind Sesame Street?
a) IBM Workshop
b) Sesame IBM
c) IBM
d) Sesame Workshop

2) What IBM software is the learning app powered by?
a) electricity
b) artificial intelligence
c) money
d) revolutions

3) What does the app use to challenge children with vocabulary?
a) reading
b) intelligence
c) words
d) algorithms

4) What does the app personalize for children?
a) vocabulary
b) reading
c)the learning experience
d) skills

5) What kind of items does the app tailor for children?
a) learning items
b) understood items
c) listed items
d) vocabulary items

6) What kind of program has IBM just completed?
a) an app program
b) a tailored program
c) a pilot program
d) a testing program

7) How many multiple-choice assessments did the researchers collect?
a) 18,000
b) over 18,000
c) just fewer than 18,000
d) about 18,000

8) How did the researchers say children could use newly-learned words?
a) educationally
b) correctly
c) in context
d) carefully

9) What did researchers say was a promising new channel?
a) channel X5
b) educational technology
c) the BBC
d) MTV

10) Where did researchers say learning opportunities existed?
a) inside and outside the classroom
b) everywhere
c) in books
d) on the Internet

Role play

Role  A – Apps

You think apps are the best way to learn vocabulary. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): flash cards, reading or watching movies.

Role  B – Flash Cards

You think flash cards are the best way to learn vocabulary. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): apps, reading or watching movies.

Role  C – Reading

You think reading is the best way to learn vocabulary. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): flash cards, apps or watching movies.

Role  D – Watching Movies

You think watching movies is the best way to learn vocabulary. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why):  flash cards, reading or apps.

After reading / listening

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

'vocabulary'

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  • and 'app'.

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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:

    • pilot
    • period
    • amplify
    • context
    • tools
    • excited
    • teamed
    • joint
    • itself
    • challenge
    • continues
    • items




    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 - Sesame Street and IBM make vocabulary app

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'vocabulary'?
    3. What do you think of Sesame Street?
    4. How good is a tie-up between Sesame Street and IBM?
    5. What's the best way to learn vocabulary?
    6. Do small children need different ways of learning?
    7. How will artificial intelligence change the way we learn language?
    8. How happy are you with your level of English vocabulary?
    9. What new words have you learned recently?
    10. Would you like to use the new app?

    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 'app'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of multiple-choice assessments?
    5. What are your three favourite English words, and why?
    6. What are your three least-favourite English words?
    7. Do you prefer learning inside or outside the classroom?
    8. What will the next generation of educational technology look like?
    9. What technology do you use to learn English?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    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)

    Sesame Workshop (the company (1) ____ the hugely successful children's TV show Sesame Street) and IBM have teamed (2) ____ to create a revolutionary new app for kids to learn vocabulary. The joint (3) ____ has created the first vocabulary learning app powered by IBM's artificial intelligence software. The app discovers for (4) ____ a child's current reading level and vocabulary range, and then uses its algorithms to challenge the child with appropriate, new vocabulary to improve the child's skills. It personalizes the learning experience for children. (5) ____ the child continues to use the app, it will ensure he or she has learnt and understood the new words before introducing additional, (6) ____ vocabulary items.

    IBM says it has just completed a (7) ____ program testing the app. It collected 18,000 multiple-choice assessments given to kindergarteners (8) ____ a two-week period. The researchers said the results were very (9) ____. They said the kids learned words like "arachnid," "amplify," "camouflage," and "applause," which are (10) ____ learned at a much later age. The children could also use these words in context. Sesame Workshop CEO Jeffrey Dunn said: "We (11) ____ to develop the next generation of tailored learning tools….Educational technology like the platform we've created…is a (12) ____ new channel for learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, and we're excited to explore it further."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     behest     (b)     behind     (c)     bequest     (d)     beneath    
    2. (a)     on     (b)     up     (c)     in     (d)     along    
    3. (a)     vulture     (b)     vintage     (c)     vantage     (d)     venture    
    4. (a)     themself     (b)     itself     (c)     oneself     (d)     selfie    
    5. (a)     Is     (b)     Has     (c)     Was     (d)     As    
    6. (a)     tailor     (b)     tailoring     (c)     tailored     (d)     tailors    
    7. (a)     pilot     (b)     driver     (c)     captain     (d)     operator    
    8. (a)     along     (b)     under     (c)     over     (d)     though    
    9. (a)     promissory     (b)     promises     (c)     promised     (d)     promising    
    10. (a)     typically     (b)     typify     (c)     typifies     (d)     typical    
    11. (a)     expect     (b)     except     (c)     excerpt     (d)     exact    
    12. (a)     promising     (b)     promissory     (c)     promised     (d)     promises

    Spelling

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )     understood the new words before introducing additional, tailored vocabulary items.

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    (    )     channel for learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, and we're excited to explore it further."

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    (    )     context. Sesame Workshop CEO Jeffrey Dunn said: "We expect to develop the next generation

    (    )     "applause," which are typically learned at a much later age. The children could also use these words in

    (    )     assessments given to kindergarteners over a two-week period. The researchers said the results were very

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    (    )     promising. They said the kids learned words like "arachnid," "amplify," "camouflage," and

    (    )     experience for children. As the child continues to use the app, it will ensure he or she has learned and

    (    )     vocabulary learning app powered by IBM's artificial intelligence software. The app discovers

    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    IBM says it has just completed a pilots / pilot program testing the app. It collected 18,000 multiple-choice assessments / assesses given to kindergarteners over / along a two-week period. The researchers said the results were very promised / promising. They said the kids learned words like "arachnid," "amplify," "camouflage," and "applause," which are typical / typically learned at a much later age. The children could also use these words in / on context. Sesame Workshop CEO Jeffrey Dunn said: "We except / expect to develop the next generation of tailored / tailor learning tools….Educational technology like the platform we've created…is a promised / promising new channel for learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, and we're excited to explore it further / farther."

    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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    sesame workshop (the company behind the hugely successful children's tv show sesame street) and ibm have teamed up to create a revolutionary new app for kids to learn vocabulary the joint venture has created the first vocabulary learning app powered by ibm's artificial intelligence software the app discovers for itself a child's current reading level and vocabulary range and then uses its algorithms to challenge the child with appropriate new vocabulary to improve the child's skills it personalizes the learning experience for children as the child continues to use the app it will ensure he or she has learnt and understood the new words before introducing additional tailored vocabulary items

    ibm says it has just completed a pilot program testing the app it collected 18000 multiple-choice assessments given to kindergarteners over a two-week period the researchers said the results were very promising they said the kids learned words like "arachnid" "amplify" "camouflage" and "applause" which are typically learned at a much later age the children could also use these words in context sesame workshop ceo jeffrey dunn said "we expect to develop the next generation of tailored learning tools…educational technology like the platform we've created…is a promising new channel for learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom and we're excited to explore it further"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    evelopthenextgenerationoftailoredlearningtools….Educationaltech
    nologyliketheplatformwe'vecreated…isapromisingnewchannelforle
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    toexploreitfurther."

    Free writing

    Write about vocabulary app for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    What are the best three ways to learn vocabulary? Why are they good?

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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 news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. VOCABULARY: Make a poster about vocabulary. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. APP: Write a magazine article about apps being the best way to learn vocabulary. Include imaginary interviews with people who believe this and with those who do not believe it.

    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 vocabulary. Ask him/her three questions about the best ways to learn vocabulary. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to learn vocabulary. 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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