Answer Key: Robots As Future Caregivers

Lesson Plan: Future Caregivers:Reliable Robots or Abusive Humans?

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. pine cones |ˈpaɪn ˌkoʊn|  noun-the conical or rounded woody fruit of a pine tree, with scales that open to release the seeds.
  2. prescriptions  |priˈskripSHən| noun-an instruction written by a medical practitioner that authorizes a patient to be provided a medicine or treatment: he scribbled a prescription for tranquilizers. 
  3. oxymoron  |ˌäksəˈmôrˌän| noun-a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g., faith unfaithful kept him falsely true).
  4. ideal  |īˈdē(ə)l| adjective- existing only in the imagination; desirable or perfect but not likely to become a reality: in an ideal world, we might have made a different decision.
  5. unreliable |ˌənriˈlīəbəl| adjective-not able to be relied upon: he’s lazy and unreliable | unreliable information.
  6. caregiving –caregiver |ˈke(ə)rˌgivər|  noun-a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a child or a sick, elderly, or disabled person.
  7. tedious  |ˈtēdēəs| adjective-too long, slow, or dull: tiresome or monotonous: a tedious journey.
  8. adverse  |adˈvərs, ˈadvərs| adjective- preventing success or development; harmful; unfavorable: taxes are having an adverse effect on production | adverse weather conditions .
  9. consortium  kənˈsôrSH(ē)əm, -ˈsôrtēəm| noun ( pl. consortia |-tēə, -SH(ē)ə| or consortiums ) an association, typically of several business companies.
  10. prototype |ˈprōtəˌtīp|  noun-a first, typical or preliminary model of something, esp. a machine, from which other forms are developed or copied: the firm is testing a prototype of the weapon

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension


Word List

Words in the order they appear in the paragraphs.

Japan,  healing, program, shortages, prevent, robots, lifting, consortium, robot, reminders, medications, healthy, Sweden, GiraffPlus, vacuum cleaner,  metrics, family.

 Grammar Focus

Structure and Usage

I – 1-make

Each time I make a house call, I stay much longer than I should.

II- 3- see

You can see older Japanese people chatting happily with a robot.

III – 2-life

In that new world, my lonely  life would be improved by a robot caregiver.

IV. Listening Activity   

Robots as Caregivers in an Aging World – AARP Tech Beat 

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

buzz |bəz| noun [ in sing. ]-informal a rumor: the buzz is that he’s married.

ASIMO an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative MObility, is a humanoid robot designed and developed by Honda. Introduced on 21 October 2000, ASIMO was designed to be a multi-functional mobile assistant.[2] With aspirations of helping those who lack full mobility.

humanoid  |ˈ(h)yo͞oməˌnoid| adjective-having an appearance or character resembling that of a human.

While Listening Activities

Sentence  Fill-ins

In japan engineers have been  designing  robots for years, knowing the country will need them to care for a rapidly aging population. Something America may also require in the years ahead 

And that inspired a film  that created some buzz in the  2012 Sundance  film festival.

Set in the not so distant future, Robot and Frank  follows the  rocky  relationship between a man with early Alzheimer’s and his robot companion.

Now meet ASIMO,  what Honda calls the world’s most advanced humanoid robot.

ASIMO will soon be able to recognize a person’s features and even distinguish between people if more than one is talking to the robot.