Welcome to the cbc newscast Lesson!



Download 54.84 Kb.
Date conversion19.07.2017
Size54.84 Kb.


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: Volunteers unite to help refugee kids

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. h_ volunteers

a)

a group of young people who spend time together and are often involved in crime

  1. __ to unite

b)

to stop something from happening

  1. __ refugee kids

c)

to take part in

  1. __ an after-school program

d)

children who have been forced to leave their home country

  1. __ recently


e)

to join together with other people to make something happen

  1. __ to interact with

f)

a program that cares for children after the school day ends

  1. __ to prevent

g)

to talk with other people; to socialize

  1. __ to be involved in

h)

people who help others and are not paid for their time

  1. __ a gang

i)

not very long ago


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. A group of volunteers are helping _________ children in Winnipeg.

2. The volunteers offer ________ and summer programs.

3. The program feeds the children _________ and ________. Volunteers also _______ different subjects, like English and music.

4. The program’s objective is to help refugee children _______ with others and to ______ them from becoming _________ with gangs.


meals interact after-school snacks prevent

volunteers involved teach refugee
To find out more:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/volunteers-unite-to-help-refugee-kids-104764709.html

Story 2: Ottawa posted largest deficit ever last year

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. d_ to post a deficit

a)

the person in government who oversees budgeting and finances

  1. __ a finance minister

b)

nearly

  1. __ the federal government

c)

a budget where expenses are equal to revenues

  1. __ almost

d)

to officially announce or report that an organization’s yearly expenses are higher than its revenues

  1. __ a balanced budget


e)

the point where a recession or economic downturn has ended and the economy has begun to improve

  1. __ economic recovery

f)

a period of economic decline where retail sales fall, unemployment rises and wages do not increase

  1. __ a recession

g)

the government of the federation; Canada’s national government


Step 2: Listen to the second 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 had its highest deficit ever in 1993.

True

False

2.

A deficit is when a government spends more money in a year than it collects.

True

False

3.

Canada’s previous highest deficit was 13 years ago.


True

False

4.

The federal government plans to balance the budget within a five year time frame.

True

False

5.

The finance minister is concerned that the state of the global economy may negatively affect Canada’s economic recovery.

True

False


To find out more:
http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2010/10/12/flaherty-fiscal-update.html

Story 3: Chilean miners rescued after mine collapses

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_ miners

a)

to say hello; to welcome

  1. __ to rescue someone

b)

to guard; to keep safe

  1. __ to be trapped


c)

a container shaped like a tube

  1. __ to collapse

d)

the top layer of land or water

  1. __ a capsule

e)

to save someone from a dangerous situation

  1. __ to be involved

f)

people who work underground to remove minerals like coal and gold

  1. __ the surface

g)

to be part of

  1. __ to protect

h)

to fall down

  1. __ to greet

i)

to be unable to get out of somewhere


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) option b) or option c) make the sentence correct? Underline or circle your answer. The first one is completed for you as an example.


1.

The miners were _________.

a) trapped for 69 days

b) trapped in a coal mine

c) both


2.

The miners were rescued _______.


a) one at a time

b) one an hour

c) both


3.

The miners were trapped __________.


a) 2000 metres below the surface

b) 2000 feet below the surface

c) both


4.

When the miners came out of the capsule, ________.


a) they had to wear sunglasses

b) they were greeted by the President

c) both



To find out more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/10/12/chile-mine-rescue.html

Hi, this is Heather Wells. You’re listening to Learning English with CBC newscast for the week of October 11th



Here is our first news story.

Volunteers unite to help refugee kids

A group of volunteers from different African countries is helping refugee children in Winnipeg. The volunteers offer after-school and summer programs for children who recently arrived in Winnipeg. Children in the programs learn math, science, French, English, and music. The volunteers cook meals for the children and make them snacks. The programs help the children interact with others and prevent them from becoming involved in gangs and crime.


Moving on to Canadian news,

Ottawa posted largest deficit ever last year

Canada’s finance minister said that the federal government had the largest deficit ever last year. A deficit happens when a government spends more money than it collects. Canada’s deficit last year was almost thirteen billion dollars more than the previous highest deficit in 1993. The federal finance minister said the government is working to balance the budget by 2015. The minister also said that although the Canadian economy has recovered from the recession, the uncertainty of the global economy could still create problems for Canada.



And in international news,

Chilean miners rescued after mine collapses

Last week, rescuers saved all of the Chilean miners who were trapped in a gold mine for sixty-nine days. The rescuers used a capsule to go deep into the mine and pull out the workers one at a time. It took rescuers an hour to rescue each miner from two-thousand feet underground. Three-hundred people were involved in the rescue. When the miners came to the surface, they had to wear sunglasses to protect their eyes. The Chilean president was waiting to greet the miners when they came out of the mine.


Answers for Story 1

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

Questions: 1) volunteers, refugee 2) after-school 3) meals, snacks (or snacks; meals); teach
4) interact, prevent, involved

Answers for Story 2

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

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

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



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






The database is protected by copyright ©hestories.info 2017
send message

    Main page