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Robot Relationships

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This lesson asks students to consider whether a romantic relationship between a human and a robot is possible.

Author: 
Joanna Gore

In 2017 the V&A Museum in London in association with the Goethe Institute and the British Council launched a project where it commissioned 12 artists to imagine Europe 2000 years in the future, and how people would look back on the Europe of today.

As part of the project an online interactive quiz was launched, called Collecting Europe. In this lesson, students will look at some of the issues highlighted in the quiz around relationships between humans and robots.

Students will discuss this and related questions as they work with the trailer for the film 'Her' and a reading text on the subject. After a focus on useful language from the reading text, students are invited to debate the topic in more depth.

The activities in this lesson plan can be done in one lesson or spread over two classes with additional homework activities.

Aims:

  • To consider whether a human could have a romantic relationship with a robot
  • To use this idea to reflect on boundaries and identities
  • To understand the trailer for Her and a text on the subject in order to inform the debate
  • To learn new language related to the topic and useful phrases presented in the reading text

Age

Adults and older teenagers

Level:

CEF level B2 and above

Time:

60 - 70 minutes in one lesson or divided into two 30-minute lessons with homework activity

Materials:

The lesson plan and student worksheets can be downloaded below. Internet access is required, but online activities can be done as a homework activity.

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Language Level: 
Advanced: C1