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dateline: 25 October 2017

Chinese University Uses Facial Recognition for Attendance

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • facial recognition: a technology that identifies people by the features of their faces
  • absent: away; not at a scheduled event such as a class
  • database: information in a computer
  • proponent: a person who supports or agrees
  • attendance: the state of being present for a class or event
  • dormitory: a residence for students

Chinese University Uses Facial Recognition for Attendance

A university in China has a new of checking for absent students. The Communications University of China takes of students’ faces as they enter class. The photographs are then automatically against the school’s database to determine which students are absent. Proponents of the attendance system say the saves time for both teachers and students. Earlier this year, a Beijing university installed facial recognition at the to female dormitories.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. How does the technology work?
  3. Why are some people in favour of this system?

Discussion Questions

Do you think it is a good idea for post-secondary schools to have this technology? What about primary schools? What problems could arise?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

4 Comments on Chinese University Uses Facial Recognition for Attendance

  1. francesco rodofili says:


  2. Bijan says:


    Maybe, the following question will be clear:
    Do the teachers only use the new technology in Chinese university or do the teachers use it in universities of Europe and the USA too?

    Have a great weekend,

  3. John Chang says:

    Thanks for the interesting essay. Though it’s convenient, we must be aware of the personal privacy this system may violate. Anyway, the technology is changing and improving day to day no matter we like it or not.

  4. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s news report.

    Second, oh! it’s wonderful to hear about the new technology because we hear about new technologies in our modern world day to day more new things.

    Third, one question has been created for me about the new technology:
    Does it only use in Chinese university or does it use in universities of Europe and the USA too?

    Thanks and best wishes,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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