Facial Recognition

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 14, 2022 and last updated on July 24, 2023

The topic of Facial Recognition is a compelling subject for English learners, as it delves into cutting-edge technology and its impact on society. Exploring this intriguing field offers learners the opportunity to expand their vocabulary with terms related to biometrics, security and digital advancements.

Additionally, discussing the pros and cons of facial recognition fosters critical thinking and encourages learners to express opinions on privacy, ethics and data protection.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Facial Recognition

Facial recognition, an innovative technology, has revolutionised the way we interact with digital devices and security systems. This cutting-edge technique uses biometric data to identify and verify individuals based on unique facial features.

From unlocking smartphones to enhancing airport security, facial recognition offers unparalleled convenience and accuracy. However, its widespread adoption has sparked debates concerning privacy, surveillance and potential misuse.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • privacy (noun)
  • take into account (phrase)
  • cautious (adjective)
  • authoritarian (adjective)
  • concerning (adjective)
  • secure (adjective)
  • safety (noun)
  • convenient (adjective)
  • technology (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you think the use of facial recognition technology in society is a good thing?
  • Have you ever used facial recognition software?
  • Do you think using facial recognition is safer than a password for unlocking your phone?
  • Do you think cameras with facial recognition technology will be common place in the future?
  • Do you think this technology is a good way to catch criminals?
  • Should facial recognition be used in public places like airports or shopping malls for security purposes?
  • What other ways do you think facial recognition will be used in the future?
  • Are you worried about your face being scanned when you are walking around town?
  • Should individuals have the right to opt-out of facial recognition technology in public spaces?
  • How does facial recognition impact privacy and data protection?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.