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Vest That 'Hugs' You After A Facebook Like (8th October, 2012)

Most people know what a Facebook 'Like' is. It's the little blue and white "thumbs up" icon we press when we like someone's comment, photo or video. A group of U.S. fashion designers have made a vest (sleeveless jacket) that immediately tells you when someone likes your post. The vest is connected to the Internet and it inflates when one of your posts is "Liked". Designer Melissa Chow says the jacket inflating lets us "feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs".

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The vest has been called "Like-A-Hug". It was designed by Ms Chow and her co-designers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. They wanted to create something that people could wear and that was interactive and personal. Once a person gets a hug from the vest, they can quickly send a hug back to the sender (if they are also wearing the jacket). The team wanted to take technology a step further than chat and video calls and looked at receiving hugs via wireless technology.


 
 

See more here: http://www.melissakitchow.com/Like-A-Hug

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

It's the little blue and white

a.

jacket

2

when we like

b.

warmth

3.

sleeveless

c.

your posts is "Liked"

4.

it inflates when one of

d.

"thumbs up" icon

5.

feel the

e.

we receive hugs

6.

love that we feel when

f.

someone's comment

 

Paragraph 2

1.

It was designed

a.

personal

2

create something that

b.

further

3.

interactive and

c.

people could wear

4.

quickly send a hug

d.

wireless technology

5.

take technology a step

e.

by Ms Chow

6.

receiving hugs via

f.

back to the sender


LISTENING GAP FILL

(1) _____________________ what a Facebook 'Like' is. It's the little blue and white (2) _____________________ we press when we like someone's comment, photo or video. A group of U.S. fashion designers (3) _____________________ (sleeveless jacket) that immediately tells you when someone likes your post. The vest is (4) _____________________ Internet and it inflates when (5) _____________________ "Liked". Designer Melissa Chow says the jacket inflating lets us "feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or (6) _____________________ when we receive hugs".

The vest (7) _____________________ "Like-A-Hug". It was designed by Ms Chow and (8) _____________________ the Massacheusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. They wanted to create something that (9) _____________________ and that was interactive and personal. Once a person gets a hug from the vest, they can quickly (10) _____________________ the sender (if they are also wearing the jacket). The team wanted to take technology (11) _____________________ chat and video calls and looked at receiving (12) _____________________ technology.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Most people know what a Facebook 'Like' (1) ____. It's the little blue and white "thumbs (2) ____" icon we press when we like someone's comment, photo or video. A group of U.S. fashion designers have (3) ____ a vest (sleeveless jacket) that immediately tells you when someone likes your post. The vest is connected (4) ____ the Internet and it inflates when one of your posts is "Liked". Designer Melissa Chow says the jacket (5) ____ lets us "feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we (6) ____ when we receive hugs".

The vest has (7) ____ called "Like-A-Hug". It was designed by Ms Chow and her co-designers at the Massacheusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. They wanted to create something that people (8) ____ wear and that was interactive and personal. Once a person gets a hug from the vest, they can quickly send a hug (9) ____ to the sender (if they are also wearing the jacket). The team wanted to (10) ____ technology a (11) ____ further than chat and video calls and looked at receiving hugs (12) ____ wireless technology.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

be

(b)

do

(c)

is

2.

(a)

up

(b)

in

(c)

down

3.

(a)

making

(b)

made

(c)

makes

4.

(a)

to

(b)

at

(c)

in

5.

(a)

inflates

(b)

inflated

(c)

inflating

6.

(a)

make

(b)

feel

(c)

take

7.

(a)

been

(b)

always

(c)

name

8.

(a)

so

(b)

clothes

(c)

could

9.

(a)

back

(b)

lack

(c)

hack

10.

(a)

be

(b)

do

(c)

take

11.

(a)

stair

(b)

step

(c)

ladder

12

(a)

avg.

(b)

via

(c)

ivy


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

tuhbsm up

2.

when we like someone's emtmcno

3.

fashion eedssingr

4.

dtneeconc to the Internet

5.

it aesflnit when one of your posts is "Liked"

6.

feel the tamwhr

 

Paragraph 2

7.

It was sededgni by Ms Chow

8.

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9.

interactive and nerlpoas

10.

send a hug back to the deesrn

11.

take technology a step rheurft

12.

srleewsi technology


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

wearing the jacket). The team wanted to take technology a step

(    )

the vest, they can quickly send a hug back to the sender (if they are also

(    )

wear and that was interactive and personal. Once a person gets a hug from

(    )

the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs".

(    )

The vest has been called "Like-A-Hug". It was designed by Ms Chow and her co-designers

(    )

you when someone likes your post. The vest is connected to the Internet and it inflates

(    )

designers have made a vest (sleeveless jacket) that immediately tells

(    )

at the Massacheusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. They wanted to create something that people could

(    )

up" icon we press when we like someone's comment, photo or video. A group of U.S. fashion

(    )

further than chat and video calls and looked at receiving hugs via wireless technology.

1  )

Most people know what a Facebook 'Like' is. It's the little blue and white "thumbs

(    )

when one of your posts is "Liked". Designer Melissa Chow says the jacket inflating lets us "feel


PUT THE WORDS IN THE RIGHT ORDER

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

people     a     'Like'     Most     what     know     Facebook     is.    

2.

white     and     icon     blue     up     little     thumbs     The.    

3.

have     made    a    vest    A    group    of    US     fashion     designers.    

4.

the     to     connected     is     vest     The     Internet.    

5.

when     Love     we     that     receive     we     hugs     feel.    

6.

Chow     Ms     by     designed     was     It    co-designers    her     and.    

7.

something     people     wear     Create     that     could.    

8.

back     to     the     sender     They     can    quickly    send     a     hug.    

9.

team     take     step    The     to    a    wanted     technology     further.    

10.

technology     wireless     via     hugs     Receiving.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about Facebook Like for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other's work.

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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. FACEBOOK LIKE: Search the Internet and find more information about the Like-A-Hug jacket/vest. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the Like-A-Hug jacket/vest. Include imaginary interviews with the vest designers, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and a fashion expert. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a Facebook Like expert. Ask him/her three questions about the Like-A-Hug jacket/vest. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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