Warming up and Pre-reading
Do you still remember the dancing on the Spring Festival Gala?
What is a robot in your opinion?
A robot is a machine designed to do job
s that are usually performed by humans. Robots are programmed and controlled by a computer.
When we talk about robots, what words will your think of?
kinds functions parts appearance feelings technology purposes
Think out as many kinds of robots as you can.
robots for army service entertainment agriculture industry
What do you think a robot can do?
play a musical instrument
explore carry things
In groups, make a list of any science fictions, literature, films, video games, TV shows and cartoons you know that include robots as characters. Choose one and tell the class about it briefly.
Look at the pictures of robots. In groups, discuss the following questions.
?Where would you find each robot? ?What does each one do? ?Can you think of any other types of robot?
?Where would you find each robot? We would find the robot in the first photo in a factory. It is an industrial robot that picks up, carries and moves loads.
?Where would you find each robot? The second robot is a robot dog. The robot dog is a toy that would be found in people’s home.
?Where would you find each robot?
The third robot would be used as a surveillance tool that can travel over open terrain. It has a camera on its top at the front to feed back to the operators of the robot what lies in its path.
Can you think of any other types of robots?
There are many of types of robots: industrial robots used in manufacturing; domestic robots such as vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers; entertainment robots such as toys and those in theme parks; robots used in toxic waste cleanup and in underwater and space exploration; surgical robots; bomb disposal robots and those that can detect landmines; airborne robots used to search for people.
Do you think it is possible for a robot to: ? think for itself? ? have feelings? ? have its own needs and desires? ? look and feel like a human being?
1. Collect more knowledge about robots and science fictions. 2. Preview the reading passage on Page 11-12.