You Are Being Watched

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 03, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Future Perfect, Future Perfect Continuous
Grammar, Speaking, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

Big Brother is watching you! In this lesson, students will learn about facial recognition technology. This lesson features a video that talks about how law enforcement and other organizations use facial recognition and why it may be dangerous. Students will learn and practice the future perfect tense, the future perfect continuous tense, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and practice the future perfect and future perfect continuous tenses. They will focus on using these tenses to talk about actions that will be completed or will be continuing at a specific point in the future. Examples will include "By 2025, I will have graduated from university" and "By next month, I will have been working here for three years."

  • Listening: Students will improve their listening skills by engaging with a video that discusses the use and implications of facial recognition technology. They will listen for details on how the technology works, its applications, and associated ethical concerns, particularly noting how future tenses are used to predict technological advancements and societal changes.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions about the advantages and dangers of facial recognition technology. They will use future tenses to express their opinions on how this technology might change society, discussing scenarios where technology could either benefit or infringe on personal freedoms.

  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary development will focus on terms related to surveillance and technology such as "facial recognition," "CCTV," "database," "civil liberties," and "totalitarian." These terms will be used in context to help students discuss the subject matter more effectively.

  • Homework: For homework, students will complete exercises that involve using the future perfect and future perfect continuous tenses to describe future events related to technology, personal goals, or societal changes. They will create sentences like "By the end of the decade, we will have fully integrated facial recognition in public security systems" and "In five years, I will have been living in this city for a decade."


Have you ever had a weird feeling that someone was watching you? Watch this video to learn how facial recognition technology has developed, how it’s used by law enforcement and other organizations, and why it may be dangerous.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

high-def [adjective]: short for: high-definition; showing very clear pictures on a screen or producing very clear sound
facial recognition software [noun]: software making it possible for a computer system to recognize a digital image of somebody's face
civil liberties [noun]: all your rights to do, think, and say whatever you want as long as this does not harm other people
essential [adjective]: necessary or extremely important
totalitarian [adjective]: relating to a government having almost complete control over the lives of its citizens and in which political opposition is not allowed
machine learning [noun]: the act of computers changing the way they perform tasks by analyzing and learning from new data, without any human activity needed to change the program
database [noun]: a large amount of information stored in a computer system in such a way that it can be easily accessed and modified
hotspot [noun]: a popular and exciting place frequented by many people
CCTV [noun]: closed-circuit television; a system sending television signals to a limited number of screens, that is used in public places to prevent crime
surveillance [noun]: the act of watching a person or a place
apparatus [noun]: a machine used for a particular purpose; machinery
ethic minority [noun]: a group of people sharing culture, tradition, language, history living in a country where the majority of people are from a different ethnic group
legitimate [adjective]: allowed; with accordance to the law
MIT Media Lab [noun]: a research laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
measurements [noun]: the length, height, width, etc., of something
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