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Welcome to the CBC Newscast Lesson!
The CBC EAL Newscast is a listening lesson for students who are learning English. The lessons are for students who are at Canadian Language Benchmarks 3 and 4 (high beginner / low intermediate). Each newscast has a lesson file and an audio file.


The Lesson File
You will need to print the lesson file first. Here’s what you will find in each lesson.
1. A vocabulary match exercise for each story

Learning new vocabulary before you listen makes it easier for you to understand the story.


2. Questions on the main ideas or details of each story

Can you listen to a news story and understand the main ideas? Are you hearing the most important details? Answer the questions and find out!


3. A transcript for the newscast

If you are having difficulty understanding the story when you listen, you can use the transcript to help you.
4. Answers to the questions in the lesson
The answers are at end of the lesson on page 5.
5. An internet link or other resource suggestion
Some stories will have an internet link or suggest another resource you can use to find more information.
(Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external websites)

The Audio File

Click on this file to hear three real world news stories read by a CBC news reader. The first is a Manitoba story. The second is a Canadian story. The third is an international story. All of the stories are in the same audio file

There are new stories and lessons every Thursday.
Now you are ready to begin. Read on!

Story 1: Justice Murray Sinclair wins peace award

Step 1: Learn new vocabulary. Learning new vocabulary before you listen makes it easier for you to understand the story. Can you match these vocabulary words with their meaning? The first one is completed for you as an example.

Vocabulary Word




Meaning

  1. _c Justice

a)

a term used by Indian peoples in Canada to describe their communities

  1. __ an award

b)

government funded boarding schools for Indian, Inuit and Métis children

  1. __ Mahatma Gandhi

c)

the title used to refer to a judge of the court

  1. __ First Nations

d)

an inquiry into something that happened; a search for the truth or the cause


  1. __ aboriginal people

e)

protest or civil disobedience methods that do not involve violence, e.g. a sit-in

  1. __ an investigation

f)

the father of India’s independence movement who was known for non-violent protests

  1. __ residential schools

g)

the first people to live in / inhabit a country

  1. __ to resolve a conflict

h)

a prize, money, certificate etc. that recognizes someone’s achievements

  1. __ peaceful methods

i)

to find a satisfactory way to solve a problem or settle a disagreement

Step 2: Listen to the first story in the audio file. Focus on listening for the main ideas and key information. Listen as many times as you need to.

Step 3: Answer questions about the story. Fill in the blank with the correct word from the box below. The first one is completed for you as an example.

1. Justice Murray Sinclair ______ the Mahatma Ghandi Peace Award.

2. He won the _______ because of his work with First Nations ___________ and with the Canadian ______________.

3. When he was a _________, he worked on behalf of _________ people.

4. He is now ___________ the role of residential ________ in Canada’s past.

5. This award is given to people who ________ conflicts using __________ methods.


Justice schools aboriginal communities resolve won investigating peaceful government lawyer award

To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-justice-wins-mahatma-gandhi-peace-award-1.2055196

Story 2: Canada and the European Union sign free trade deal

Step 1: Learn new vocabulary. Learning new vocabulary before you listen makes it easier for you to understand the story. Can you match these vocabulary words with their meaning? The first one is completed for you as an example.

Vocabulary Word




Meaning

  1. _d the European Union

a)

to write your signature on an agreement, contract etc. to make it official

  1. __ to sign a deal

b)

products which are produced to be sold

  1. __ the European Commission

c)

to do what’s needed so that a plan, agreement etc. can work

  1. __ a free trade agreement

d)


an economic and political partnership between 28 European countries

  1. __ an open market

e)

an agreement between countries that goods coming into and going out of their countries will not be restricted or taxed

  1. __ import taxes

f)

an economic system where markets operate freely

  1. __ goods

g)

the organization within the European Union that runs its day-to-day operations

  1. __ to implement something

h)

taxes on goods which come into a country


Step 2: Listen to the first story in the audio file. Focus on listening for the main ideas and key information. Listen as many times as you need to.

Step 3: Answer questions about the story. Which of the following statements about the story are true? Which are false? Underline or circle the correct answer. The first one is completed for you as an example.

1.

Canada has signed a free trade agreement with the European Union.

True

False

2.


The agreement will open markets and remove taxes on cars, food and other goods.

True

False

3.

The European Union has a combined population of 500,0000.

True

False

4.

The agreement is expected to help Canada’s economy.

True

False

5.

The agreement will be implemented in 2013.

True

False

To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ceta-canada-eu-free-trade-deal-lauded-by-harper-barroso-1.2125122

Story 3: Polio outbreak in Pakistan

Step 1: Learn new vocabulary. Learning new vocabulary before you listen makes it easier for you to understand the story. Can you match these vocabulary words with their meaning? The first one is completed for you as an example.

Vocabulary Word




Meaning

  1. k an outbreak of disease

a)

a serious disease that is easily spread and which affects the spine


  1. __ polio

b)

the official line separating two countries or regions

  1. __ a border

c)

when a person can no longer move / feel things in all or part of their body

  1. __ to contract a disease

d)

a needle given to someone to protect them against a disease

  1. __ the Taliban

e)

to become larger, cover more land / people etc.

  1. __ a health care team

f)

people whose job it is to find out secret information about a country, competitor etc.

  1. __ a vaccination

g)

a group of doctors, nurses etc.

  1. __ spies

h)

to be affected by / to get a disease

  1. __ the nervous system

i)

the name of an Islamic fundamentalist political movement

  1. __ permanent paralysis


j)

the system in the human body responsible for sending, receiving, and processing nerve impulses

  1. __ to spread

k)

when cases of a disease appear very suddenly

Step 2: Listen to the third story in the audio file. Focus on listening for the main ideas and key information. Listen as many times as you need to.

Step 3: Answer questions about the story. Does option a) or option b) make the sentence correct? Underline or circle your answer. The first one is completed for you as an example.

1.

A polio outbreak on the Pakistan / Afghanistan border is affecting ____.

a) dozens of children

b) a dozen children



2.

Heath teams have stopped providing vaccinations because ________.

a) the area is unsafe

b) the Taliban believes they are spies



3.

Polio can cause permanent damage to _______.

a) the nervous system

b) the brain



4.

Officials are concerned that the virus is _____________.

a) affecting adults

b) spreading to other areas


To find out more:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/pakistan-polio-outbreak-puts-eradication-at-risk-1.2125478

Hi, this is Heather Wells. You’re listening to Learning English with CBC newscast for the week of October 14th



Here is our first news story.

Justice Murray Sinclair wins peace award

Manitoba Justice Murray Sinclair won the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award for 2013 last week. He won the award because of his work with First Nations communities and the Canadian government. As a lawyer, he worked on behalf of aboriginal people. He later became Manitoba’s first aboriginal judge. He is now part of the investigation into the role that residential schools played in Canada’s past. The Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award is given to people who resolve conflicts using peaceful methods.



And in Canadian news,

Canada and the European Union sign free trade deal

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission president Jose Manual Barroso signed a free trade agreement last week. The agreement will open markets between Canada and the European Union. It will also remove almost all import taxes on goods such as food and cars. The European Union has twenty-eight member countries and has a population of about five-hundred million. Prime Minister Harper said the agreement will be good for Canada’s economy and it will create jobs. The agreement will be implemented in about two years.



And in international news,

Polio outbreak in Pakistan

Health officials in Pakistan say dozens of children near the Pakistan/Afghanistan border have contracted polio in the past six months. The Taliban has stopped health teams from providing vaccinations to people in that area. Members of the Taliban believe that the health teams are actually spies. Polio attacks the nervous system and can cause permanent paralysis. Officials are concerned that the virus is starting to spread to other areas of Pakistan.


Answers for Story 1
Vocabulary: 1) c; 2) h; 3) f; 4) a; 5) g; 6) d; 7) b; 8) i; 9) e

Questions: 1) Justice, won 2) award, communities, government 3) lawyer, aboriginal


4) investigating, schools 5) resolve, peaceful
Answers for Story 2

Vocabulary: 1) d; 2) a; 3) g; 4) e; 5) f; 6) h; 7) b; 8) c

Questions: 1) T; 2) T; 3) F; 4) T; 5) F


Answers for Story 3

Vocabulary: 1) k; 2) a; 3) b; 4) h; 5) i; 6) g; 7) d; 8) f; 9) j; 10) c; 11) e



Questions: 1) a; 2) b; 3) a; 4) b






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