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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: Law proposed in Manitoba to help protect car buyers

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 a law

a)

a law or set of laws

  1. __ to propose something

b)

to try to get someone to believe something by telling them information that isn’t true

  1. __ legislation

c)

a business that sells cars/other vehicles

  1. __ to protect someone

d)

money paid as punishment for breaking a law or rule

  1. __ to prevent something


e)

money paid to the government when you buy something, e.g. PST, HST

  1. __ a car dealer

f)

an official rule people are expected to obey

  1. __ to be misleading

g)

the money you pay to get something done, e.g. close a deal on a vehicle purchase

  1. __ fees

h)

to have been owned by someone else before; not new

  1. __ taxes

i)

to stop something bad from happening to someone

  1. __ to be previously owned

j)

to suggest something

  1. __ a fine

k)

to stop something from happening

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 Manitoba government has proposed _________ to _________ car buyers.

2. Car dealers will be _________from using ________ or misleading ________.

3. The price of a vehicle has to include all _______, __________ and other costs.

4. Car ________ who do not follow the new ________ will have to pay a _______ .

protect prevented government rules dealers false taxes

advertising fees fine legislation

To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/12/03/mb-all-in-pricing-car-buyer-protection-manitoba.html

Story 2: Canadian “super visas” are popular, but some say they cost too much

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 Super Visa program

a)

involving many things or people

  1. __ to be popular

b)

someone who formally applies for something

  1. __ to be approved

c)

a new kind of Canadian visa

  1. __ multiple

d)

to be officially accepted

  1. __ to renew something


e)

to have enough money to buy something

  1. __ an applicant

f)

insurance you purchase which covers the cost of treatment if you become ill

  1. __ medical insurance

g)

how much money a person or family earns

  1. __ to be able to afford something

h)

to arrange for something to continue for a longer period of time, e.g. an official document

  1. __ an income level

i)

to be liked by a lot of people


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.

In the past year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has approved ________.

a) 11,000 Super Visas

b) 11, 000 new immigrants

2.


The Super Visa program allows parents and grandparents who are citizens of other countries______.

a) to enter Canada multiple times over 10 years

b) to enter Canada once a year for 10 years



3.

Applicants to the Super Visa program ________.

a) are eligible for free health care in Canada

b) have to purchase medical insurance



4.

Critics say the program is unfair because ________.

a) some families cannot afford to participate

b) some families don’t know how to apply



To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/12/03/pol-immigration-supervisa-canada-kenney.html

Story 3: Typhoon hits the Philippines

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 powerful

a)

to hit something

  1. __ a typhoon


b)

to not be found even though people are looking for you

  1. __ to strike something

c)

e.g. water, food

  1. __ an evacuation centre

d)

less; a smaller number of things

  1. __ emergency supplies

e)

to physically harm or destroy something

  1. __ a government agency

f)

very strong

  1. __ an aid group

g)

a place where people go to escape a storm

  1. __ to be still missing

h)

an organization that is overseen and funded by government

  1. __ to cause damage

i)

very bad; extreme

  1. __ severe

j)

a severe tropical storm with rain, wind and possibly flooding

  1. __ fewer

k)

a non-profit, non-governmental organization, that helps people in need


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.

A powerful typhoon hit the Philippines.

True

False

2.

Over 30,000 people lost their homes.

True

False

3.

People are staying with family members or in evacuation centres.

True

False

4.

Food and emergency supplies are being provided.

True

False

5.

Over five hundred people have been killed by the storm.

True

False

6.

Another five hundred people are still missing.


True

False

7.

There are more storms in the southern parts of the Philippines than in other parts of the country.

True

False

To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/12/04/wdr-philippines-typhoon-bopha-compostela-valley.html
www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/12/07/philippines-typhoon-bopha-death-toll.html

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



Here is our first news story.

Law proposed in Manitoba to help protect car buyers

The Manitoba government is proposing legislation that would protect car buyers. The legislation would prevent car dealers from using false or misleading advertising. Car dealers would have to include all fees, taxes and other costs in the vehicle price that they advertise. Advertisements would also have to say whether the vehicle was previously owned. If car dealers do not follow the new rules, they will have to pay fines of up to five-thousand dollars.



And in Canadian news,

Canadian “super visas” are popular, but some say they cost too much

Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials say that more than eleven-thousand Super Visas have been approved over the past year. The Super Visa program allows parents and grandparents who are citizen of other countries to enter Canada to visit family members who live here. Those who receive a Super Visa can enter Canada multiple times over ten years. The Super Visa must be renewed every two years. Applicants for a Super Visa must buy medical insurance to be accepted into the program. Their families in Canada must also have a certain income level. Some people say the program is unfair because many families cannot afford to participate.


And in international news,

Typhoon hits the Philippines

A powerful typhoon struck the southern Philippines last week. Over three-hundred thousand people lost their homes because of the typhoon. They are staying in evacuation centres or with family members. Food and emergency supplies are being sent into the country by government agencies and aid groups. Over five hundred people were killed by the storm and four hundred people are still missing. The storm caused damage to homes, buildings, and farmlands. Severe storms and typhoons are common in the Philippines, but this was the strongest storm of the year. There are fewer storms in the southern area of the Philippines than in the northern and central parts of the country.



Answers for Story 1

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

Questions: 1) government, legislation, protect 2) prevented, false, advertising 3) fees, taxes or taxes, fees 4) dealers, rules, fine
Answers for Story 2

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

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

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



Questions: 1) T; 2) F; 3) T; 4) T; 5) T; 6) F; 7) F




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