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Unit 11
6 • Scientific innovations and responsibility

Is it a brave new world?
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➜How does dystopian fiction warn us about the dangers of technology?



On your way to the task - Step 1


Prepare the pitch of an adapted scene.
Activity 1
Activity 2

Your final project


You are a writer for Channel 4 and you pitch your new dystopian TV series.
LET'S GO!

Retrouvez une banque d'audios et de vidéos authentiques en lien avec cette thématique.

Step 2


Convince your friend to watch a TV series.
Activity 3

Toolbox

Toolbox

  • at a loss / hopeless (adj.)
  • desolate /ˈdɛsələt/ (adj.)
  • ruins /ˈruːɪnz/ (n.)
  • peek through /ˈθruː/ (v.)

A possibly dark future


1
  • be blind to /ˈblaɪnd/ (v.)
  • dismiss (v.)
  • evolve /ɪˈvɒlv/ (v.)
  • forge ahead /əˈhɛd/ (v.)
  • push back the limits (v.)
  • put at risk (v.)
  • start over (v.)

6
  • cautionary /ˈkɔːʃənərɪ/ tale (n.)
  • countdown /ˈkaʊntˌdaʊn/ (n.)
  • food for thought /ˈθɔːt/ (n.)
  • outcome (n.)
  • role-model (n.)
  • scope / perspective (n.)
  • warning (n.)

A possibly dark future

4
  • exuberant /ɪgˈzjuːbərənt/ (adj.)
  • thought-provoking (adj.)
  • inconceivable /ˌɪnkənˈsiːvəbəl/ (adj.)
  • innovative /ˈɪnəvətɪv/ (adj.)
  • larger-than-life (adj.)
  • state-of-the-art (adj.)

2
  • barren /ˈbærən/ / sterile (adj.)
  • bleak / dismal /ˈdɪzməl/ / gloomy (adj.)
  • brutal /ˈbruːtl/ (adj.)
  • depressing /dɪˈprɛsɪŋ/ (adj.)
  • doomed (adj.)
  • pessimistic /ˌpɛsɪˈmɪstɪk/ (adj.)
  • twisted (adj.)

3
  • approach (v.)
  • be fully aware (v.)
  • disturb /dɪsˈtɜːb/ / disrupt (v.)
  • open people’s eyes to (v.)
  • put up a fight (v.)
  • reflect (v.)
  • subvert /səbˈvɜːt/ (v.)
  • threaten /ˈθrɛtən/ (v.)

5
  • advance (n.)
  • enhancement /ɪnˈhɑːnsmənt/ (n.)
  • humankind /ˌhjuːmənˈkaɪnd/ (n.)
  • transhumanism /ˌtrænzˈhjuːmənɪzm/ (n.)
  • unstoppable march (n.)

Top 10 Dystopian Movie Futures

Brainstorming questions

1
Is science fiction a reflection of our societies?

2
What are the dangers of technology and why is dystopia a great way to warn us against them?

IDIOM of the week!


What goes around comes around

What goes around comes around

Although today the phrase usually has a negative connotation, close to “you reap what you sow”, it would seem that its first occurrence was in The Pittsburgh Courier in 1952 and that it suggested something more positive.

It Shoots Further Than 
It Dreams, 
John F. Knott, 1918.
It Shoots Further Than It Dreams, John F. Knott, 1918.

Get ready!

Voir les réponses
1
Look at the vocabulary boxes below.
a. Find another word to complete each category.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

b. Select 10 words from the mind map to present dystopian fiction.


2
a. Look at the picture. What strikes you? What words or expressions come to your mind?


b. Is this a happy place?


c.
PAIR WORK
Imagine what could have happened to the city in the picture. Imagine what the child is thinking.

Voir les réponses

3
Watch the video. How does this video clip warn us about the dangers of new technologies?


4
PAIR WORK
Discuss the brainstorming questions. Do you like science fiction and / or dystopian literature?


5
IDIOM
Read the idiom of the week below.With the photo and the note, rephrase it and find examples.


Forsaken, Jonas de Ro, 2011.
Forsaken, Jonas de Ro, 2011.

Step 3


Debate on the dangers of new technologies.
Activity 4
Activity 5

Let's learn!

The periphrasis king!

You are in groups of three. In turn, one of you says one word or expression from the toolbox. The other two give a definition for it (not just a synonym!). The best definition wins one point.
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