AI-generated images: Is seeing believing?

Lesson plan overview

This upper-intermediate to advanced ESL lesson plan is dedicated to the topic of AI-generated images, and more-specifically deepfake images and fake news. Students will learn vocabulary to talk about deepfake images, watch a video about recent deepfake videos, and learn how to use cleft sentences. This lesson can be combined with other lessons about artificial intelligence, such as “ChatGPT”, Productivity and AI toolsand “Robot appointed as CEO”, as well as the worksheets “Idioms: critical thinking and analysing” where the topic of fake news is discussed, and “Phrasal verbs: the media”.
Speaking: The lesson starts with 2 speaking tasks. First, students are given 3 quotes about artificial intelligence to discuss. Then, they discuss a few questions about AI-generated images, their applications in different industries, and deepfake images.
Vocabulary: Students learn vocabulary related to AI-generated images and fake news. The activity is divided into 3 categories: nouns (hoax, deepfake, misinformation, bias), verbs (tell apart, fall for deceive), and adjectives (misleading, realistic, sophisticated, fabricated). For each group, students look at sentences containing the target vocabulary and match the words to their definitions. To practise, they complete a gap-fill activity.
Listening: Students first engage in a pre-listening discussion. Then they watch a video “Deepfakes: How to spot AI-generated images.” and answer 6 questions.
Grammar: Students learn and practise cleft sentences. First, a short grammar review is given. Then students complete 2 practice tasks and lastly, they complete a few sentences with their own ideas and discuss them in pairs or small groups.
Writing: 2 essay topics are given for students to choose from and complete as homework.
You can use the conversation cards for more speaking practice!

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Vocabulary matching


The first time you watch the video, pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the following words:

Why not just have your genius engineers develop some software program that can analyze a video and go, beep, that’s a fake?
Eventually, Microsoft and Adobe joined forces and designed a new feature called Content Credentials, which they hope will someday appear on every authentic photo and video.
We’re also going to need laws, and we’re also going to need education, so that we, the people, can fine-tune our baloney detectors.

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