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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: Canadian astronaut speaks to Winnipeg students from space

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 an astronaut

a)

a large spacecraft that goes around the earth and provides a home for astronauts

  1. __ space

b)

the tools, machines etc. that are needed for a particular job or activity

  1. __ to be on board something

c)

someone who travels in / works from a spacecraft

  1. __ the International Space Station

d)

a scientific test done to see how something reacts under certain conditions


  1. __ an experiment

e)

to be on a ship, plane, train etc.

  1. __ equipment

f)

a special room or space where a scientist does tests or prepares substances

  1. __ a lab

g)

the area beyond the earth where the planets and stars are found

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. Students from a Winnipeg High School had the _________ to speak with a Canadian _______.

2. Chris Hadfield is _______ in ________.

3. He is ___________ the International Space Station.

4. The International Space Station goes _______ the _______ sixteen times a day.

5. Students asked Chris Hadfield about his _______.

6. He told them that he does ____________, fixes ___________ and takes care of the _________.

equipment travelling on board astronaut space opportunity Earth lab Students work around experiments


To find out more:

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/02/13/mb-hadfield-peguis-space-winnipeg.html

Story 2: Canada will have new seatbelt rules in 2015

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 a seatbelt

a)

to make companies / people obey a law or rule

  1. __ to cross over something

b)

the companies that make cars and trucks, e.g. Chrysler, Ford, Toyota

  1. __ someone’s lap

c)

to have fewer or less of something

  1. __ to enforce something

d)

the opposite of a minor injury

  1. __ the Transport Minister

e)

a belt attached to the seat of your car which you fasten around yourself for protection in case of an accident


  1. __ to reduce something

f)

the upper part of someone’s legs when they are sitting down, e.g. where a child might sit

  1. __ a serious injury

g)

to stretch from one side of something to the other side

  1. __ vehicle manufacturers

h)

the elected person in the federal government who is responsible for policies related to transportation


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’s new seatbelt rule will go into effect immediately.

True

False

2.

By 2015, every car driven in Canada will be required to have seat belts that cross the shoulder and lap of the person sitting in the middle back seat.


True

False

3.

Transport Canada says the new rule will reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries from car accidents.

True

False

4.

Vehicle manufacturers do not support the new rule.

True

False

5.

The United States has had this seatbelt rule since 2008.

True

False

To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/02/14/seatbelt-new-rules.html

Story 3: Pope Benedict announces that he will resign

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 the Pope

a)

to make information public
  1. __ to announce something


b)

the opposite of to get better

  1. __ to resign

c)

the leader of the Catholic Church

  1. __ to get worse

d)

to be very surprised

  1. __ to perform duties

e)

to be selected

  1. __ to voluntarily step down

f)

a walled city within Rome where the Pope resides

  1. __ to be shocked

g)

high ranking priests in the Catholic church

  1. __ to be chosen

h)

to carry out tasks etc. that are part of your job

  1. __ a selection process

i)

to leave a position or job by choice, not because you are asked to leave

  1. __ Vatican City

j)

the way in which someone is chosen for a position, job etc.

  1. __ cardinals


k)

to quit

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.

The Pope has announced he is ______.

a) resigning

b) taking a leave of absence



2.

He is resigning because he is _______.

a) too old to do the job

b) in poor health



3.

The Pope’s decision to step down was ________.

a) anticipated by many people

b) a big surprise to many people



4.

A new Pope will be selected by ________.

a) all of the cardinals under 80 years of age

b) Catholics around the world



To find out more:

www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/02/11/pope-resignation.html

Hi, this is Leslie McLaren. You’re listening to Learning English with CBC newscast for the week of February 11th


Here is our first news story.

Canadian astronaut speaks to Winnipeg students from space

Students from Chief Peguis High School in Winnipeg had the opportunity to speak to a Canadian astronaut who is travelling in space. The astronaut’s name is Chris Hadfield. He is on board the International Space Station. The International Space Station goes around the Earth sixteen times a day. The high school students had a chance to ask the astronaut questions about the work that he is doing on the space station. He told the students that he runs some of the experiments, fixes equipment, and takes care of the lab.



And in Canadian news,

Canada will have new seatbelt rules in 2015

Transport Canada announced a new rule for seatbelts. All new cars sold in Canada will have to have a seatbelt that crosses the shoulders and the lap of a person who is sitting in the centre seat at the back of the car. The new rule will be enforced by September 1, 2015. Canada’s Transport Minister said the new seatbelt rule will help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries from car accidents. Vehicle manufacturers support the new rule and say that it will be helpful to have the same requirements in Canada and the United States. The United States has had the seatbelt rule for the rear centre seat since 2008 car model year.



And in international news,

Pope Benedict announces that he will resign

Pope Benedict XVI announced last week that he will resign from his position on February 28. Pope Benedict said that his health is getting worse and it is making it difficult for him to perform his duties. He is eighty-five years old. He is the first pope since 1294 who has voluntarily stepped down from the position. Many people around the world were shocked to hear his announcement. Over one billion Catholics worldwide will be without a leader until a new pope is chosen in mid-March. The selection process will take place in Vatican City. Any cardinal under the age of 80 can vote.

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

Questions: 1) Students, opportunity, astronaut 2) travelling, space 3) on board


4) around, Earth 5) work 6) experiments, equipment, lab

Answers for Story 2

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



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

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




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