Teacher’s Guide / by Liliane Kupelian with adaptations by Ron Mastine & Judith Rohlf


In this SPEAQ-quest, you will investigate the world of robots.

Your goal is to answer the question “WILL ROBOTS REPLACE HUMANS IN THE FUTURE?”

You are probably already thinking about those robots we see in the movies – Wall.e, I-Robot, …

But realistically, what is the most interesting or amazing thing you have experienced with an actual robot?

What do scientists tell us about what robots will do for us in the future?

Can robots choose or decide to do things or are they just mechanical and electrical machines programmed to do simple jobs?

Let’s find out!





After a series of activities and research, you will have to answer the question “Will Robots Replace Humans in the Future? “.


In a paragraph you will express your opinion on the question.


Your opinion will be published on the Internet such as in the students’ blog section of the school website, in a class forum or your personal site.

Process:  leading to a Product that responds to the T


Here are some sites to visit to prepare for a class discussion.

In a team of 3, each student (A, B, C) chooses a series of links below to investigate and report back to the others.

Take short notes of important information you find on the sites.

Look for information that will answer these ddiscussion questions:

·    What can robots do now? 

·    What is the most interesting or amazing thing you have experienced with an actual robot?

·    What do scientists tell us about what robots will do for us in the future?

·    Can robots choose or decide to do things or are they just mechanical and electrical machines programmed to do simple jobs?

Finally, the class shares their impressions and ideas.

Series A

1.      Find some information on Robot at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot

2.      See how robots learn to play and expand on music at http://videos.howstuffworks.com/georgia-tech/2470-haile-shows-off-to-a-test-subject-video.htm

3.     Watch robots play soccer in The Evolution of Robots http://videos.howstuffworks.com/georgia-tech/2548-the-evolution-of-robots-video.htm

Series B

1.      Robots: The future is now from a CNN report http://edition.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/04/14/fs.roboticsprofile/

2.      Wall.e  the Disney movie  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYoiXtfebzU

Series C

1.      Visit and watch the video Will Robots Replace Humans? at http://videos.howstuffworks.com/georgia-tech/2537-will-robots-replace-humans-video.htm

2.      The Future of Robotics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_of_robotics

Step 1: Dream Robots

Here are drawings of dream robots designed by 2 high school students.



Administrative Record

  • Name: Hussien
  • First name: Self
  • Date of Birth: 10-04-2005
  • Place of Birth: François, Martinique, F.W.I.
  • Materials: silver



Designed to help Police in their Steps, Hussein is made to fight for justice. He can fly and run fast. He can be very intelligent.

He is very tall, with flashing red eyes and two aerials on top of his head, which he uses to send messages. Hussein and the Police can work together.

By Mylène P. , 2 nde D, April 2003



Her name is Jenny Bodyguard. She's seven and a half foot tall. She has a human appearance. She's a nice, athletic robot-girl. She is peaceful and good-tempered. She doesn't try to fight, yet she is able to defend herself.


Bodyguard was devised in 2017 thanks to the progress of science Her mission is to accompany people along their journey in space, to explore the mysterious world. Jenny can speak 135 languages. She can communicate with people from all galaxies.

Robots like Jenny will be for sale in March, 2055

By Laura L. , 2 nde D, April 2003



Your dream robot:

Text Box: Name:


















Step 2: Did I-Robot Commit Murder??? Will Smith and the robot Sonny in 'I, Robot'


·         Read the questions carefully.

·         Think about what information you need to listen for.

·         Listen to the audio and answer the four comprehension questions. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/i_robot/trailers.php

·         (Transcript: http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/i/i-robot-script-transcript.html )


1.   The 1st character is a

a. robot

b. human


2.   The 2nd character is a

a.   robot

b.   human


3.   The 1st character accuses the 2nd character of being a

a.   thief

b.   police man

c.   murderer


4.   Do you agree with the statement “robots can’t feel things?”

a. I agree

b.   I disagree

c.   I’m not sure



       How Did I Do?


Did I have difficulty answering certain questions?

o Yes     Which one (s)? _________

o No


Why were these questions difficult?

o I did not read the questions before.

o I did not understand the questions.

o I did not understand the audio listening.

o Other reason: _____________


Have I made progress in the way I listen during listening activities? o Yes o No o Not sure


What are my goals for future listening? ___________________________

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 i.    robot                     



Enabling Activity: Grammar Move

What can you do to find the expressions of ability (can, be able to, be capable of)?






How can I find the expressions of ability   (can, able to, capable of)? Use the “how to express ability” and the “example” as resources.


1.How to express ABILITY



  • can + verb
  • Be (am/is/are) able to + verb
  • Be (am/is/are) capable of + Verb-ing

2. Example:

My robot can sing. He is able to walk fast. I am capable of caring for my robot.



My Robot's skills



Is this not a perfect robot? My robot can not only


 exterminate insects, but he is also capable of


 vacuum-cleaning the floor to get rid of the dead




My robot has evolved and is now capable of


carrying  out many other Steps.  For example, my


 robot is able to comb my hair and help me get




My robot also has great musical abilities.  He can


sing and play three instruments at the same time


(guitar, drums and bass).





Step 3: Robot Guard-Dragon CAN Sense Smoke!


·         Read the text Robot guard-dragon unveiled in Japan.

·         Circle the expressions of ability (can, able to, capable of).

·         Look at the Robot Moves as a resource.


Robot guard-dragon unveiled in Japan

14 November 2002

A home "guard dragon" robot has been unveiled in Japan. The four-legged robot can sense smoke and alert its owners to a smouldering fire - via a howl or a mobile phone text message. The guard dragon can "confidently" walk over 10-centimetre gaps or climb a 15-centimetre high step using sensors located on its legs. The owner is able to switch the robot into any of three operating modes. The remote control mode allows users to send commands and receive information via mobile phone.

                                    In October, Fujitsu unveiled a similar home robot that is capable of monitoring an entrance hallway or check on a pet, sending video images to the owner's mobile phone. The Maron-1 can also control appliances such as air conditioners. Fujitsu says it hopes to put the vacuum-cleaner sized robot on sale for about $1625 within one year.


Cloud Callout: Think about



 Are there more advanced inventions since 2002 that you know about?


Step 4: Comparing a Human and a Robot



Functional Language




Humans can…..

Robots are able to….

Humans and robots are capable of





Things only humans can do                      Things only robots can do


1.                                                                                             1.

2.                                                                                             2.

3.                                                                                             3.

4.                                                                                             4.

5.                                                                                             5.



Things both humans and robots can do











Practicing Writing an Opinion


You will soon have to answer the question “Will Robots Replace Humans in the Future? “ Read the Robot Moves, look at the functional language, the vocabulary and the example.  Then you will write a paragraph based on your opinion to publish.











Writing my opinion


  1. Write the question.
  2. Write your opinion
  3. Support your opinion with:

Facts and examples




  • Make short sentences
  • Use resources (dictionary, functional language and other available resources)

Functional Language

In my opinion…  I don’t believe…

I think that…    I don’t think…

For example….   A robot is,

This shows that…. A robot is not




Here is an example to guide you:



Will Robots Replace Humans in the Future?


I think that robots will replace humans in the future because it will be better to use a robot than a human to perform certain functions.  For example, diffusing a bomb, fighting in a war, a robot teacher in the classroom, a robot parent or a robot best friend. In my opinion, robots are already replacing humans, for example, in the movie industry. The I-Robot can think on its own, learn from its experiences, move about and make decisions similar to a human being. This science fiction robot helps us imagine what robots might be in the future. This shows that robots will replace humans in the future.

                 Writing an Opinion


The time has come to answer the question Will Robots Replace Humans?


Refer to this checklist:






  1. I prepare to write


 ¨ I brainstorm with my peers about ideas and topics.

 ¨ I activate prior knowledge of the language to be used

 ¨ I draw upon ideas and personal memories

 ¨ I construct an outline.

 ¨ I use various resources (dictionary, functional language).


  1. I write a draft


 ¨ I set down ideas, opinions, thoughts needs and feelings.

 ¨ I leave space to make adjustments.

 ¨ I refer to my outline while writing.

 ¨ I confer with my peers whenever possible.


  1. I revise my text


 ¨ I rethink what has been written.

 ¨ I share my writing with my peers

 ¨ I focus on how well I have conveyed meaning, ideas, organization and word choice.

 ¨ I consider the feedback that was given to me.

 ¨ I use strategies for revising.

 ¨ I add, substitute, delete and rearrange ideas and words.

 ¨ I rework my draft


  1. I edit my text


¨ I use paper or electronic resources such as written models, dictionaries, thesauruses, and grammar references.

¨ I consult peers and the teacher.


  1. I publish my text


¨ I make a polished copy.

¨ I share it with the intended audience.


Source : PFEQ English as a Second Language, Core Program MELS Document


Your Instructions:










¨ Yes, I think robots will replace humans.


¨ No, I don’t think robots will replace humans.


My reasons:










Final Copy


¨ Yes, I think robots will replace humans.


¨ No, I don’t think robots will replace humans.


My reasons:




Do you think your facts and examples support your opinion? ¨  Yes   ¨   No  because…









What did you learn about yourself as a human being during this SPEAQ-quest?

Text Box: I learned…
















(content & audience)



(organization of ideas, sentence structure, basic punctuation)


*use of dictionary


I supported my opinion with

relevant facts and examples

throughout my text.

My text is clear and


I made very few

spelling errors.


I supported my opinion with

some relevant facts and examples

 in my text.

Overall my text is clear but some

sentences may need interpretation.

I made some

spelling errors.


My text supports my opinion very


Parts of my text are

not understandable.

I made many

spelling errors.


I didn’t answer the question or I

am off topic.

Most of my text is not






Example levels

Student Name




Teacher’s Comments

1. Example




Some sentences

require interpretation

2. Sample




Arguments are not


3. Trail




Creative and innovative