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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: New Democratic Party wins provincial election

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. _b the New Democratic Party

a)

the place where elected officials meet to discuss issues and make laws

  1. __ to win seats in an election

b)

a political party representing the left of the political spectrum

  1. __ a majority government

c)

a political party representing the right of the political spectrum

  1. __ the legislature

d)

a political party representing the centre of the political spectrum


  1. __ the NDP

e)

to win specific ridings in an election

  1. __ the Progressive Conservative Party

f)

the percentage of the population that actually comes out to vote

  1. __ the Liberal Party

g)

the type of government formed when one party wins over half of the seats

  1. __ the voter turnout

h)

the acronym for the New Democratic Party


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. The New Democratic Party won the provincial ______ last week.

2. The party won thirty seven ______.

3. In Manitoba, a party needs twenty-nine seats to form a _______ government.

4. This is the _______ majority government in a row for the _____.

5. Voter ______ was fifty-seven percent.

NDP fourth seats election



won turnout majority
To find out more:

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2011/10/04/mb-election-lead-main-manitoba.html

Story 2: Health Canada warns about young people using cellphones

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. _e Health Canada

a)

to restrict or reduce something

  1. __ to warn someone

b)

what connects a cell phone to its network

  1. __ to limit something

c)

to tell someone about something that could be dangerous so they can avoid it

  1. __ to be exposed to

d)

a phone you speak into but do not put next to your ear, e.g. a speaker phone

  1. __ radio-frequency energy

e)

the federal government department responsible for regulations to protect the health of Canadians


  1. __ cell phone signals

f)

to be shown to be true; to be supported by facts

  1. __ to be proven

g)

to send a written message to someone using your phone

  1. __ a hands-free device

h)

to be in a situation where you are unprotected from something that could be dangerous

  1. __ to text message

i)

another name for radio waves/radio frequencies


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. 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.

Health Canada wants parents to _____.

a) tell their children not to use cell phones

b) limit their children’s use of cell phones

2.

The radio-frequency energy of cell phones ____________.

a) may cause certain kinds of cancer

b) has been proven to cause certain kinds of cancer


3.

The best way to protect yourself is to _______.

a) use a hands-free device or send a text message

b) hold the phone away from your ear




To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/10/04/cellphone-calls.html

Story 3: Women share Nobel Peace Prize
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 to share

a)

the things women are allowed to do in a society

  1. __ the Nobel Peace Prize

b)

to be very involved or active in an issue/issues of concern to you

  1. __ women’s rights

c)

to divide something between two or more people

  1. __ to be elected

d)

to bring people together for a specific purpose or act


  1. __ to be selected

e)

to be voted into a position

  1. __ a social worker

f)

to speak or act publicly in support of individual or group rights

  1. __ to be an activist

g)

someone who is trained to work with people who are poor, have family problems etc

  1. __ to organize

h)

a government elected freely and fairly by the people

  1. __ to stand up for your rights

i)

to be chosen for an award or position on the basis of specific criteria

  1. __ a democratic government

j)

a prize awarded for work in areas related to peace, e.g. human rights, mediation of international conflicts, arms control


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. 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.

The Nobel Peace Prize will be shared by three women.

True

False

2.

All three women are being recognized for their work on women’s rights.

True

False

3.

All three women are from Liberia.

True

False

4.

Two of the women are involved in peace issues.

True

False

5.

The woman from Yemen is recognized for trying to bring democracy to her country.

True

False

To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/10/07/nobel-peace-prize.html

Hi, this is Heather Wells. You’re listening to Learning English with CBC newscast for the week of October 3rd



Here is our first news story.

New Democratic Party wins provincial election

The New Democratic Party won the Manitoba provincial election. The party won thirty-seven of the fifty-seven seats in the Manitoba legislature. They won a majority government. A party must win twenty-nine seats in the legislature to have a majority government. The NDP has won a majority government in the past four elections. The Progressive Conservative Party won nineteen seats and the Liberal Party won one seat in the legislature. The voter turnout in the election was fifty-seven percent.


And in Canadian news,

Health Canada warns about young people using cellphones

Health Canada wants parents to tell their children to limit the amount of time they talk on cellphones. Health Canada said there is concern about children being exposed to the radio-frequency energy of cellphones. Some studies have suggested that the energy from cellphone signals might cause certain kinds of cancer. However, the studies have not proven that cellphone signals can cause cancer. People are more exposed to the cellphone energy if they hold the phone next to their ear. Health Canada recommends using hands-free devices for phone calls or sending text messages to limit exposure to the radio-frequencies.



And in international news,

Women share Nobel Peace Prize

Three women won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on women’s rights. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected president of Liberia in 2005. She is Africa’s first democratically elected female president. She was selected for the prize because she has worked to make her country peaceful and to help Liberian women live better lives. Leymah Gbowee is a social worker from Liberia who is involved in women’s rights and peace activism. She was selected for the prize because she has helped organize women across Africa to stand up for their rights. Tawakkul Karman is an activist from Yemen. She was selected for the prize because of her work to bring a democratic government to Yemen and to help women there have more rights.

Answers for Story 1

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

Questions: 1) won; election 2) seats 3) majority 4) fourth; NDP 5) turnout

Answers for Story 2

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

Questions: 1) b; 2) a; 3) a
Answers for Story 3

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



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






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