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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: Winnipeg bus driver gets recognition for good deed

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 to get attention for doing something

a)

to do something that is good or kind

  1. __ to do a good deed

b)

to be talked about or interviewed in newspapers, on TV, radio etc.

  1. __ Portage and Main

c)

feet without socks or shoes

  1. __ bare feet

d)

an action/demonstration of how you feel toward someone

  1. __ to receive media attention


e)

to have others recognize or take notice of something you have done

  1. __ a gesture

f)

the name of the streets at a major intersection in Winnipeg

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.

A Winnipeg taxi driver is getting attention for a good deed.

True

False

2.

A Winnipeg bus driver is getting international attention for giving his shoes to someone in need.

True

False

3.

Passengers on the bus were surprised by the driver’s actions.

True

False

4.

The driver got off the bus at Portage and Main.

True


False

5.

The driver gave a man his shoes because he thought it was too cold to be outside without shoes.

True

False

6.

The driver’s kind gesture has received very little media attention.

True

False

To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/09/20/mb-transit-driver-shoes-homeless-winnipeg.html

Story 2: Census shows how Canadian families are changing

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 census

a)

the federal government agency responsible for collecting and reporting information on economic and social trends

  1. __ Statistics Canada

b)

two people who live together as a couple but are not married


  1. __ to release data

c)

the official counting of a population / information about that population

  1. __ a typical family

d)

the most; the largest group

  1. __ the majority

e)

a family where one or both parents have children from a previous relationship and the children live with them and their new partner

  1. __ a common-law couple

f)

to collect information e.g. using a survey

  1. __ a blended family

g)

a traditional perception or understanding of family, e.g. husband, wife, children

  1. __ to gather information

h)

a child who lives with a family for a period of time but is not legally adopted by them

  1. __ a foster child

i)

to report about numbers or statistics to others

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.

The census shows that Canadian families_____.

a) are staying the same

b) are changing

2.

This story is based on information from ______.

a) the 2011 census

b) the 2007 census



3.

The information shows that a typical family _______.

a) is still the majority

b) is no longer the majority



4.

The majority of households consist of ________.

a) a husband, wife and children

b) a variety of different kinds of families and living arrangements



5.

Couples are having __________.

a) more children

b) fewer children



6.

There are 30,000 foster children in ___________.

a) Canada

b) Manitoba



To find out more:

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/09/19/census-data-families-households.html


Story 3: Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi honoured in U.S.

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. _f to be honoured by

a)

the people who are elected to make laws in the United States

  1. __ a democracy movement

b)

to work with another country so both of your economies benefit, e.g. through trade

  1. __ to be presented with something

c)

the opposite of to support

  1. __ the U.S. Congress

d)

to be kept as a prisoner in your own home, not in a prison

  1. __ a ceremony

e)

a group of people who join together to try to bring democracy to their country
  1. __ to be under house arrest


f)

when others tell/show you how much they admire and respect you

  1. __ to oppose

g)

an important social or religious event that celebrates something

  1. __ to have an economic relationship

h)

to be given something, e.g. an award


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. Fill in the blank with the correct word from the box below. The first one is completed for you as an example.

1. Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma’s _________ movement was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal.

2. She was awarded the ________ in 2008 but could not attend the _________.

3. At that time, she was ________ house arrest for ________ military rule in her country.

4. Aung San Suu Kyi was under house _____ for fifteen _______.

5. She will _______ privately with President Obama.

democracy meet leader years under opposing medal ceremony arrest

To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/09/19/burma-suu-kyi-us.html

Hi, this is Heather Wells. You’re listening to Learning English with CBC newscast for the week of September 17th


Here is our first news story.


Winnipeg bus driver gets attention for good deed

A bus driver in Winnipeg is getting international attention for giving his shoes to someone in need last week. The bus driver surprised passengers on the bus when he stopped and got off the bus near the corner of Portage and Main. The passengers watched as the bus driver talked to a man with bare feet and then gave the man the shoes that he was wearing. The bus driver said he didn’t like seeing the man without shoes when it was so cold outside. The bus driver has received much media attention about his kind gesture



And in Canadian news,

Census shows how Canadian families are changing

Statistics Canada released new data from the 2011 Canadian census. The census information showed that what was once considered a typical family is no longer the majority. Many households have single people, common-law couples, and single parents. There are many blended families. Couples are choosing to have fewer children than they did fifty years ago. The census also gathered information about foster children for the first time. There are about thirty-thousand foster children under the age of fourteen in Canada. Most of the foster children live in Manitoba.



And in international news,

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi honoured in U.S.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma’s democracy movement, was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal last week. The medal is the U.S. Congress’ highest award. She was awarded the medal in 2008, but could not attend the ceremony because she was under house arrest in her country. Suu Kyi spent fifteen years under house arrest because she opposed the military rule in her country. Suu Kyi will meet privately with President Barack Obama to discuss the economic relationship between Burma and the United States.

Answers for Story 1

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

Questions: 1) F; 2) T; 3) T; 4) T; 5) T; 6) F
Answers for Story 2

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

Questions: 1) b; 2) a; 3) b; 4) b; 5) b; 6) a
Answers for Story 3

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



Questions: 1) leader, democracy 2) medal, ceremony 3) under, opposing 4) arrest, years
5) meet






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