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Homework #5 for the Cambridge PET course. This part is focused on reading.


What does Jake say about ‘people my age’ and people at the school he attends? Did the students know what was planned for them on the last Science Day? How long did it take the company to develop Gizmo?

Dear students, before your next lesson look at the sentences below about a visit to a school by a robot. Read the text ``A Special Visitor`` to decide if each of the sentences (1-10) are true or false.


Creative English Teacher

A Special Visitor

``By Jake Matthews, aged 14``

I know some people my age don’t really like doing science at school. But I go to a big high school where science subjects are really popular amongst the students. We frequently have special days called Science Days at school, which are organised by our headmaster and all the teachers. On these days, people working in science are invited to come and tell us about their jobs. On the last Science Day we had no idea what was planned for us – but a real working robot came to spend the day with us at School! It was fantastic!

The robot’s name was Gizmo. We were told he was one of the most advanced robots in the world, and we quickly realised he was no ordinary machine. He could do lots of amazing things like walking up and down stairs, waving and even dancing to rock music!

He was about the same size as us, with long arms and legs, but apart from that not at all similar to a real person – instead of a face, for example, he had a helmet like a spaceman’s. It was very exciting to come face to face with the latest technology!

The company that Gizmo belongs to said it actually took them as long as 20 years to make him, but they think that within another 20 years, he will be as common a sight in homes as a microwave oven. Everyone at my school liked the way Gizmo behaved, as he always said please and thank you, and even fetched our drinks and snacks! He also seemed to know that he needed to stop when one of the students walked in front of him.

The funny thing about Gizmo, though, was that he could do so many things, but when we tried to make conversation with him, he didn’t say anything at all. The company that developed the robot hope they can make one that will do complicated things like having discussions, but they think it’s some years away.

The whole day with Gizmo was a success. Now lots of us feel we want to go into careers in science and technology – which was just the result our headmaster had wanted. He said the day had been worth all the hard work to arrange it. As for me, I want to become a scientist and learn to make a robot – even better than the one that paid a visit to my school!

Are these statements true or false?

  1. Jake says that people at the school he attends enjoy studying science.
  2. Visitors from outside Jake’s school often talk to the students during Science Days.
  3. Jake and his classmates were told in advance that a robot was coming to the school.
  4. Jake and his classmates were surprised at the actions that Gizmo the robot could perform.
  5. The robot was developed very quickly by the company that created him.
  6. Jake’s classmates thought that Gizmo was very polite.
  7. The robot looked as if it realised when there was someone in front of it.
  8. Jake and his classmates were able to have a discussion with Gizmo.
  9. Jake’s headmaster felt that the day achieved what he had hoped.
  10. Jake now wants to own a robot exactly like Gizmo.


Listening forces automatic learning and leads to general language acquisition.


Writing ideas down preserves them so that you can reflect upon them later.


Reading is the best way to learn and remember the proper spelling of words.


Speaking provides the ability to engage others in social circles

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