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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: Canada Post changes could affect food bank users in Manitoba

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 Canada Post

a)

someone who uses the services of a food bank

  1. __ to do something that affects someone

b)

one large mailbox with many smaller locked boxes that serves a neighbourhood

  1. __ a food bank user

c)

to be taken illegally

  1. __ home delivery of mail

d)

a transfer of a sum of money from one bank account into another using a computer system

  1. __ a community mailbox


e)

money from government to help a low income person meet their basic needs

  1. __ to worry

f)

the name of the corporation that is responsible for mail delivery in Canada

  1. __ a social assistance cheque

g)

to do something that impacts another person or changes their situation

  1. __ to be stolen

h)

to be concerned that something bad could happen

  1. __ an electronic deposit

i)

mail delivery to people’s homes by a letter carrier

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.

Changes at Canada Post could affect ___________.

a) users of food banks

b) workers at food banks


2.

Mail delivery in Winnipeg’s inner city is changing to ________.

a) a home delivery system

b) a community mailbox system



3.

Many food bank users have their social assistance cheques mailed because _______.

a) they don’t have a bank account

b) electronic transfer isn’t available



4.

Another challenge for some food bank users will be ________.

a) setting up a bank account

b) physically getting to the community mailbox



To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-food-bank-says-canada-post-cuts-will-hurt-poor-1.2461279

Story 2: Canadian Olympic Committee sets budget

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 Canadian Olympic Committee

a)


to put money into something to try to improve it and make it better

  1. __ to set a budget

b)

to get ready for something

  1. __ to announce something

c)

the private organization responsible for Canada's participation in the Olympic games

  1. __ to invest in something

d)

to decide on a budget

  1. __ the Own the Podium program

e)

to provide money to an organization

  1. __ to provide funding

f)

a program to help more Canadian athletes win Olympic medals

  1. __ a sports organization

g)

to tell the public about something

  1. __ an athlete

h)

the top prize in an Olympic sports event

  1. __ to prepare for something

i)

someone who competes in sports competitions and is good at sports

  1. __ a gold medal


j)

e.g. Hockey Canada, Speed Skating Canada


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 Canadian Olympic Committee is ______ thirty-seven million dollars in the Own the Podium program.

2. The program provides _______ to Canadian ________ organizations.

3. The funding helps ________ prepare for Olympic sports ________.

4. Canada hopes to _____ more gold ________ during the 2014 _______ in Sochi, Russia than Canadians won in Vancouver in 2010.

sports win athletes funding Olympic events


games medals investing

To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canadian-olympic-committee-sets-37m-development-budget-1.2461021

Story 3: Cancer rates increase in developing countries

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 the cancer rate

a)

a person who has cancer

  1. __ to increase

b)

to be almost the same as

  1. __ a developing country

c)

tests to help determine if someone has cancer

  1. __ the World Health Organization

d)

to take on or copy the habits of others, e.g. how they eat, exercise etc.

  1. __ a cancer case

e)

a poorer country; a country that is less economically and technologically advanced

  1. __ to adopt a lifestyle

f)

the number of people with cancer in a specific time period, e.g. a year

  1. __ to be similar to

g)

e.g. drugs, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation

  1. __ an industrialized country

h)

a United Nations organization that provides world leadership on health and disease

  1. __ obesity


i)

a country that is economically and technologically advanced

  1. __ cancer screening

j)

to rise; to get bigger

  1. __ cancer treatments

k)

a condition where someone is very overweight and it affects their health

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.

There were about 14,000 new cancer cases in the world in 2012.

True

False

2.

More than half of the cancer cases and cancer deaths in 2012 were in less developed countries.

True

False

3.

There are more cancer cases in less developed countries because people’s lifestyles have changed.


True

False

4.

Poor diet, obesity and smoking all lead to higher rates of cancer.

True

False

5.

Industrialized countries still have the highest rate of cancer deaths.

True

False

Find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/health/cancer-in-developing-world-on-the-rise-1.2461846

Hi, this is Heather Wells. You’re listening to Learning English with CBC newscast for the week of December 9th



Here is our first news story.

Canada Post changes could affect food bank users in Manitoba

Canada Post workers will stop delivering mail to homes over the next five years. Community mailboxes will be used instead. Food bank workers in Manitoba are concerned about the security of community mailboxes. They worry that social assistance cheques could be stolen. Many food bank users live in inner city areas and depend on receiving their cheque by mail. Their cheques cannot be deposited electronically because they do not have a bank account. Walking to a community mailbox may also be challenging for food bank users with health issues.



And in Canadian news,

Canadian Olympic Committee sets budget

The Canadian Olympic Committee announced that thirty-seven million dollars will be invested into the Own the Podium program over the next four years. This program provides funding to Canadian sports organizations. The funding is used to help athletes prepare for Olympic events. Since the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, the program has helped Canada win a record-setting fourteen gold medals. Canada’s goal is to win even more Canadian gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in Russia. The Games will be held in February.


And in international news,

Cancer rates increase in developing countries

A report from the World Health Organization says there were about fourteen million new cancer cases around the world in 2012. More than half of all the cancer cases and cancer deaths in 2012 were in developing countries. People are living longer in developing countries and are also adopting lifestyles similar to those in industrialized countries. Poor diet, obesity, and smoking lead to higher rates of cancer. The cancer death rate is higher in developing countries because cancer screening and treatments are not as available.


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

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


Answers for Story 2

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

Questions: 1) Olympic, investing 2) funding, sports 3) athletes, events
4) win, medals, games


Answers for Story 3

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



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




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