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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: Highway honours Canadian Forces members from 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. _c a highway

a)

someone who speaks or acts on behalf of other people or on behalf of an organization

  1. __ to honour someone

b)

to spend time in/work in the army/military

  1. __ the Canadian Forces

c)

a wide, main road that joins one town or city to another

  1. __ a representative

d)

a place where people who serve in the army live and work

  1. __ the Royal Canadian Legion


e)

to show or tell people about something that is new, e.g. a new product or plan

  1. __ to unveil something

f)

to build/name something after someone to show appreciation/respect

  1. __ a hero

g)

a non-profit organization that helps people who have served in the Canadian army

  1. __ to serve in the armed forces

h)

to show how much you admire/respect someone

  1. __ an army base

i)

the name of Canada’s army

  1. __ to dedicate something to someone

j)

someone who is admired for doing something very brave


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.


Manitoba has a Highway of Heroes.

True

False

2.

The Highway of Heroes is part of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Winnipeg.

True

False

3.

It honours Manitobans who serve or have served in the Canadian Armed Forces.

True

False

4.

The Highway goes from Winnipeg to Shilo.

True

False

5.

It is 180 miles long.

True

False

6.

There are two other provinces in Canada with Highways of Heroes.

True

False

To find out more: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/06/07/mb-highway-heroes-transcanada.html

Story 2: Plastic bags will be banned in Toronto by 2013

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 ban something

a)

when the number of votes in support of something and the number of votes opposed to it are not very far apart

  1. __ the members of city council

b)

a bag designed to be thrown away

  1. __ a close vote

c)

a store that sells products to customers

  1. __ to vote for something

d)

to show that you oppose something

  1. __ to vote against something

e)

to officially order that something cannot be used or done

  1. __ a reusable bag

f)

to show that you support something

  1. __ a disposable bag

g)

a bag designed to be used again

  1. __ a retail store

h)

the politicians who are elected to run a city



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.

Toronto City Council voted to ______.

a) immediately ban plastic bags

b) ban plastic bags by 2013

2.

The vote was very close with ______.

a) 24 votes for and 20 votes against

b) 20 votes for and 24 against



3.

City councillors who support a ban on plastic bags want shoppers to _______.

a) use reusable bags

b) use disposable bags



4.

The Mayor of Toronto __________.

a) supports a ban on plastic bags

b) opposes a ban on plastic bags



5.

Plastic bags have been banned in other cities in _____________.

a) the United States

b) Canada



To find out more:

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/06/06/toronto-plastic-bag.html


Story 3: River parade celebrates Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

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 river parade

a)

a long, light boat pointed at both ends which you move by using a paddle

  1. __ to celebrate something

b)

a date on which something special or important happened in a previous year

  1. __ an anniversary

c)

light rain/mist

  1. __ the Commonwealth countries

d)

coloured lights in the sky/loud bangs that are produced when small containers of powder are set on fire and explode

  1. __ a canoe

e)

a public celebration where boats move in a procession along a river

  1. __ a dragon boat


f)

a group of countries that recognize the Queen of England as the head of their nations

  1. __ a fireworks display

g)

a long, narrow boat that originated in China and is paddled by teams of 10 to 50 people

  1. __ drizzly weather

h)

to do something special to show an event or occasion is important


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. A parade was held in London to _____ the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

2. The celebration was to honour the ________ on her sixtieth _________.

3. Over one million people _______ the _________.

4. There were one thousand _______ in the parade. Over fifty were from Commonwealth _________.

5. The parade ended with a _________ display.

Queen celebrate event boats anniversary countries parade attended fireworks

To find out more:

www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/06/03/queen-jubilee.html

Hi, this is Heather Wells. You’re listening to Learning English with CBC newscast for the week of June 4th


Here is our first news story.

Highway honours Canadian Forces members from Manitoba

The Premier of Manitoba and representatives of the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Legion unveiled the Highway of Heroes last week. The Highway of Heroes is part of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg. It honours Manitobans who serve or have served in Canada’s armed forces. The Highway of Heroes goes from Winnipeg to Shilo, the town that is home to a Canadian Forces Base. It is about one-hundred-and-eighty kilometres long. Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia also have highways of heroes dedicated to Canadian Forces members.



And in Canadian news,

Plastic bags will be banned in Toronto by 2013

Toronto’s city council voted to ban plastic bags in that city by 2013. The vote was very close, with twenty-four councillors voting for the ban and twenty voting against the ban. City councillors who support the ban want to see shoppers use reusable bags instead of disposable bags. They say plastics bags are not good for the environment. Toronto’s mayor does not support the ban. He doesn’t think Council should tell retail stores what they can give out to their customers. One city councillor said that retail stores should offer free paper bags to customers. Los Angeles and Seattle in the United States are two cities that have already banned plastic bags.



And in international news,

River parade celebrates Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

A parade was held on the River Thames in London, England to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. The Diamond Jubilee honours Queen Elizabeth’s sixtieth anniversary as Queen. Over one million people attended the event. One thousand boats took part in the parade. Over fifty of the boats in the parade were from other Commonwealth countries, including Canada. The boats included military boats, canoes and dragon boats. The parade ended with a fireworks display. The weather for the event was cool and drizzly.

Answers for Story 1

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

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

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

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

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



Questions: 1) parade, celebrate 2) Queen, anniversary 3) attended, event
4) boats, countries 5) fireworks






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