Robot teachers

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If you think of the jobs robots could never do, you would probably put doctors and teachers at the top of the list. It's easy to imagine robot cleaners and factory workers, but some jobs need human connection and creativity. But are we underestimating what robots can do? In some cases, they already perform better than doctors at diagnosing illness. Also, some patients might feel more comfortable sharing personal information with a machine than a person. Could there be a place for robots in education after all?

British education expert Anthony Seldon thinks so. And he even has a date for the robot takeover of the classroom: 2027. He predicts robots will do the main job of transferring information and teachers will be like assistants. Intelligent robots will read students' faces, movements and maybe even brain signals. Then they will adapt the information to each student. It's not a popular opinion and it's unlikely robots will ever have empathy and the ability to really connect with humans like another human can.

One thing is certain, though. A robot teacher is better than no teacher at all. In some parts of the world, there aren't enough teachers and 9–16 per cent of children under the age of 14 don't go to school. That problem could be partly solved by robots because they can teach anywhere and won't get stressed, or tired, or move somewhere for an easier, higher-paid job.

Those negative aspects of teaching are something everyone agrees on. Teachers all over the world are leaving because it is a difficult job and they feel overworked. Perhaps the question is not 'Will robots replace teachers?' but 'How can robots help teachers?' Office workers can use software to do things like organise and answer emails, arrange meetings and update calendars. Teachers waste a lot of time doing non-teaching work, including more than 11 hours a week marking homework. If robots could cut the time teachers spend marking homework and writing reports, teachers would have more time and energy for the parts of the job humans do best.

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Submitted by GURU9073 on Thu, 19/05/2022 - 00:55

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it helps me know what are the advantage and disadvantages of the robot teachers .

Submitted by JESIRAMYA J on Tue, 17/05/2022 - 13:32

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Robot teacher is very good thinking, in my future but doesn't student feeling understand.. Education levels are good learning and good supporting for teachers side,.

Submitted by Laxsus on Sun, 13/03/2022 - 18:58

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I think robots would be good assistants to teachers, but i can't imagine that robots would take over the whole role of a teacher . Maybe it will be better in some points but will never be better than humans in overall roles .

Submitted by Yeonjun on Sun, 13/03/2022 - 09:20

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In Task 1, Q1, What's the reason this answer is False?

In Task 1, Q5 and Q6, Reason for those answer was false is the questions is not given in sentence?

Hi Yeonjun,

I'll try to explain :)

Q1. The first sentence imagines a list of jobs that robots cannot do, and a 'list' suggests a relatively large number. Also, sentence 2's mention of two jobs that robots can do seems to be offered in contrast with the statement that "some jobs need human connection and creativity" (i.e., a relatively larger number). So, since the question asks whether most jobs can be done by robots, False is the best answer.

Q5. This should be True (see the final two sentences).

Q6. The False answer is implied by the final sentence: "If robots could cut the time ... , teachers would have ...". This is a second conditional structure, showing an unlikely or imaginary situation (i.e., one that does not necessarily happen now). This idea, that robot teachers will appear in the future but haven't appeared yet in the present, is shown in other places in the text (e.g., "2027" in para. 2; "That problem could be partly solved" in para. 3). But the question is about what teachers do now, in the present ("Some teachers use ..." - present simple).

Does that make sense?

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Fisherman on Tue, 30/11/2021 - 11:47

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In Task 2, Q1, the correct answer is option c. What´s the explanation for that?

Hello Fisherman,

That is a somewhat tricky question, but since the overall message of the article is that robots can do more than we typically think, it's the correct answer. The first paragraph points out that robots already perform some aspects of a doctor's job better than humans and then when the article discusses teaching, it explores all the ways that robots could help in education.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Wed, 10/11/2021 - 09:15

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that's great if i have a lot of money i will buy a teacher robot to teach me to do my homework.

Submitted by sophie.green on Wed, 20/10/2021 - 14:22

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No, I definitely wouldn't! Teachers have special skills, human skills and robots would never replace them. Being a teacher is a mission which is far more than only teaching a class and notions. A teacher can inspire his students, can help them to become open-minded citizens and they share important human values. I believe that students understand it quite well with the different lock-downs consequently to the pandemic. Staying hooked to their screens without any human contact was rather depressing.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Mon, 18/10/2021 - 18:20

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Yes, this is existing to study. I'm excited about this. Many teachers have incapable to know how to teaches students and they are boring.

Submitted by Aydan on Sun, 17/10/2021 - 17:49

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Actually I wouldn’t like My teacher is a robot, if all teachers have enough good properties. But I know that there are a lot of students who receive incomplete or incorrect education by unqualified teachers. That is why meybe robots could do better.

Submitted by Dariusz on Mon, 13/09/2021 - 00:45

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In some cases it would be good to have a robot as a teacher: like more comfortable, less pressure, but there's need to study by psychologists of negative aspects this perform. No empathy isn't looking good.
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Submitted by iEdd on Wed, 21/07/2021 - 17:33

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Absolutely not. I've beed a teacher and I know how to feel about that. Human relationships are based on empahty and respect. Sort of feelings a robot will never live. I disagree in the main role in a classroom, but I support the idea of robots can helps with marks and reports.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Sun, 11/07/2021 - 13:43

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Partially agree. :)

Submitted by GiulianaAndy on Sat, 10/07/2021 - 21:58

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Yes, I would like to have a robot as a teacher because I think they do not get angrry when I want to ask a question. In addition to that, they know so many different things, so I would learn more things from a robot. If I had a robot as a teacher, I would not have to worry if that class is below standars because I know robots give us a lot knoweledge and information more than a human brain can give us. The only disadvantage would be that they do not have the empathy to connect with humans like another human can.

Submitted by Paula Bermúdez… on Thu, 08/07/2021 - 23:25

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No, I don't like that idea. I believe teachers are an important part of the process of children's learning because they correct, encourage and know their students. So, that provides students to feel more comfortable. However, I understand the teacher's profession is really hard and exhausting, for that reason the robots are really useful like assistants because they could support professors.

Submitted by Rano on Wed, 17/03/2021 - 07:34

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I like if can have one robet.,help me in homework and shopping

Submitted by ahmad 920 on Wed, 10/03/2021 - 14:29

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Hi, Question what is the different between 'think of' or 'think -without preposition-' or 'think about' for example in the beginning in this article it say "If you think of the jobs robots could never do," can we say "if you think the jobs ..." and it give us the same meaning? thanks in advance
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Submitted by Peter M. on Thu, 11/03/2021 - 07:10

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Hi ahmad 920,

We use 'think of...' to mean 'imagine' (1) or 'consider' (2):

(1) Think of your a number, but don't tell me it.

(2) Think of the jobs robots could never do.

We can also use 'think about' with the second meaning.

 

We do no use 'think' with a noun as a direct object after it, so 'Think jobs...' is incorrect.

 

A good dictionary will provide you with this information and more. For example:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/think

 

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by German on Tue, 02/03/2021 - 03:12

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No, I wouldn't. I think that that never will happen, but is possible that the robots help in the future to the teachers in some activities like to prepare que classes and check exams. Althought the artifical intelligence is advancing I think that the robots never will could undestand the behaviours or the emotions of the students.

Submitted by AulianFr on Mon, 01/03/2021 - 16:55

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As stated in the text, a robot cannot possess empathy or any other mental connection with other humans. I would hate it if my teacher is just teaching me and never ask how I am doing or even try to look me in the eyes trying to understand me. Socializing is one important part of teaching, therefore replacing teachers with robots sounds really unnecessary and even could impose a threat to our education system. I imagine if our schools are being taken over by robots, then our children would not be able to communicate with others in real life

Submitted by Andrea Valencia on Sun, 21/02/2021 - 20:53

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I would like to have a robot as a teacher, but I think it should be fun and dynamic, with lots of activities for the class, otherwise it would be very boring.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Sun, 21/02/2021 - 16:33

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Never at all would I like to have a robot as a teacher, because a robot is just the latest technology machine. It never can read, write and understand of the human brain and psychology. A teacher plays a main role to build up a human character and build the nations .Teacher is a back bone of the society. All big and famous personalities of the world become successful and get a high rank through a teacher from childhood till old age. American Bill Gate says technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

Submitted by Asni on Mon, 08/02/2021 - 00:06

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Of course not, teachers have knowledge and skills about a determined subject or area that they are supposed to transmit to their students in the most effective and efficient way possible. The main issue here is that students' situations, feelings, intelligence and abilities vary greatly. Thanks to their human abilities, feelings, empathy and emotional intelligence, teachers understand that difference and have experience to deal with their students according to those factors. Robots may be able to do a part of teachers' work but can't perceive emotional behaviours, they are lacking of sensitivity to treat delicate people who need special attention, understanding or empathy.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 14:52

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Compared with good esteemed teachers I have come across, a human teacher is superior than a robot. But if a human teacher is unfit, it's the other way round. ;)

Submitted by Dmytro on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 11:55

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When it comes to self-education, most of us have already had robots as teachers. Those are our devices like laptops, smartphones, and so on. There is only one distinction, an electronic device looks not similar to a human and cannot appeal to a person. A device can neither force nor punish. In the rest, the difference comes down to zero. Of course, robots with artificial intelligence are more clever than just electronic devices but, if a human is going to live in real life surrounded by real people he should be thought and assessed by real teachers.

Submitted by Minh on Sat, 16/01/2021 - 22:54

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I can't imagine robots replace all of teachers, but I know that robots will do many things better than human. Further more, they can sympathize human's emotion, they are easily go anywhere and work overtime.

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Tue, 05/01/2021 - 09:46

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This is amazing!I think robot can't contact with students like real teacher.The most important thing between teacher and his/her students is trust and respect.

Submitted by Ehsan on Sun, 13/12/2020 - 08:50

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I think humans are better than robots in education. For example, in teaching a foreign language if you have a teacher or partner that you can talk to, the result will be better. I think the relationship in teaching is important. But considering human progress in the field of artificial intelligence, we can imagine a completely different world where the role of human will be very small.

Submitted by TalhaÖzkan on Thu, 10/12/2020 - 17:31

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human teachers eat stones!

Submitted by DIỄM PHÚC on Mon, 07/12/2020 - 01:58

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I prefer to get to teaching from teachers because we can communicate, learn control feeling, study experience from teachers

Submitted by togrul01 on Thu, 12/11/2020 - 16:14

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I prefer to get to teaching from teachers. In this text, there is a good sentence that wrote that robots will be able to help the teachers in the future. I agree with this sentence but robots never can replace the teachers.

Submitted by Ugulhan on Mon, 09/11/2020 - 08:05

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No never, I would not have a robot as a teacher because he could not scold me if I make some mistakes. :)
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 12:32

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Hello admins, I'm just wondering what the point of the verification of 'I'm not a robot'... I'm definitely not a robot, a cat though.... ;)

Hello Rafaela1,

The CAPTCHA test is designed to prevent spambots from creating accounts on LearnEnglish, which helps us keep the site free from spam and other inappropriate content.

We're sorry if you find it a little less convenient to log in.

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Kirk

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Thank you Kirk, Hmmm, sounds a bit difficult for my tiny brain just like the forehead of a cat! ;)

Submitted by Elbay on Fri, 30/10/2020 - 13:05

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100 years later British Council:Robot students))

Submitted by Lilly098 on Fri, 30/10/2020 - 03:51

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I would love to have a robot teacher. In my experience, teachers sometimes make mistakes on teaching. It would be efficient if a robot takes a role in teaching. While it gives us a lecture, a teacher can walk around a class to help students. It would ensure everyone catches up with the class!

Submitted by Alma Lanie on Mon, 12/10/2020 - 02:05

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Yes, why not! I would love to have a robot teacher that is a part of our world's experts increase in knowledge and wisdom. Experts are trying to help reduce the burden of human beings in this world. Taking the robot as a classroom teacher would really be a massive help for all teachers. I know what it would be like but why not try. Less work and less stress for a human being in the class. Why would not try!
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Submitted by danisep on Sun, 04/10/2020 - 00:24

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Could be interesting and I'd prove it, I think robots could be a better general doctors, they can make the correct questions depending of my answers, I have visited doctors that it seem like if they don't haven't enough time to treat his patients and it’s frustrating because your feel sick and they don't worry for you and not help. That put me really mad!

Submitted by Nehir on Wed, 16/09/2020 - 12:03

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I wouldn't. Because robots haven't got any emotions and experiences. When you are talking with your teacher, she/he can tell what did she do last weekend. As an example, our teacher tells his experiences. He uses his experiences to make an example but robots have no experiences about their personal life. Yes, you can say they know more than a person. Nevertheless, their knowledge is not their personal experience.

Submitted by Roblox on Wed, 09/09/2020 - 15:59

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I would, I think a robot can be a good assistant in the future. Helping human nature to be more productively in performing daily work activities.

Submitted by JamesB0nd007 on Thu, 27/08/2020 - 11:39

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Thanks Lera for sharing such a cool site!

Submitted by Nobu1230 on Sat, 15/08/2020 - 06:19

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I wouldn't for myself parsonally.I think humanity is necessary for communication with teacher and student.They tought us a bonch of things except for study,For example ordinary talking skill and kindness.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Wed, 05/08/2020 - 10:54

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I think it could be an interesting experience. After all, why do all these technologies exist? To help people working less and relaxing more. I predict robots at schools and Universities could be like PC at home - the sources of needed information during the lessons. Just imagine, they could visualize some information, that teachers saw to help the teachers to explain and the pupils to understand. If they can help making homework - it would be awesome. I think our teachers deserve some rest

Submitted by Osuke on Sun, 02/08/2020 - 11:07

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No, I wouldn’t. Because it is difficult for a robot to do the teaching job. The reason is that robots have no emotions. Human beings have emotions and can praise and scold students. Students can grow because teachers can do it. But robots can’t do that. However, robots can reduce the burden on the teacher. I think the robot can make tests and score, so I might be good for teacher support. In the future, robots can be used, and if they are used successfully, work efficiency will increase. I’m looking forward to a future where we can do that.

Submitted by Nanami on Fri, 31/07/2020 - 12:11

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I think it's suitable that robots teach depending on the time and the circumstances. Programs are built into the robots and they have a great of knowledge, so they can teach classes for students to gain knowledge, such as how to solve calculations and history. However robots have no heart and can't read people's feelings, so I think it's difficult for them to teach Japanese language and moral classes to students. The school's online system adopts a function called "Automatic scoring" and it helps teachers with a lot of work. Therefore robots could do the same. It may be impossible for robots to play a leading role but I think it's a good idea to work as a teacher's helper.

Submitted by senes19 on Wed, 29/07/2020 - 12:52

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Rightly, I wouldn't. Maybe for helping our homework or explaining about science is suitable for having a robot teacher. However, I believe that strong relationships with teachers, ability of empthaty, talking about our future are more important than having a robots teachers. It will be almost all area of our life, but in strong and effectively education or emotional issues depend on the people who you are facing. So I think I wouldn't like to have a robot teachers altough It would be a very different experience maybe.