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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: Manitoba film industry grows

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 film industry

a)

to make a report or study available to the public

  1. __ a study

b)

to work with one or more persons

  1. __ to release (information)

c)

to officially speak or act on behalf of someone or on behalf of an organization

  1. __ a professional association

d)

to produce or create a product by working with another person, business etc.

  1. __ to represent someone


e)

a sudden increase in jobs, revenue etc.

  1. __ to co-produce something

f)

companies that make films

  1. __ to partner with

g)

to make something happen

  1. __ to cause something

h)

work done to find out more about a particular subject or problem; the report on that work

  1. __ a jump in economic activity

i)

an organization representing people working in a profession or industry

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 film industry in Manitoba is________.

2. The _______ of co-produced films has __________ by over ________ percent in
________ years.

3. The growth in the film industry has ________ a _______ in economic activity and

has created ________ in Manitoba.

jump growing number fifty film caused jobs increased five


To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-film-industry-sees-major-growth-influx-of-cash-1.2287075

Story 2: Bees could be used to drop pesticides on crops

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. _g_ bees

a)

to be attached or glued to something

  1. __ pesticides

b)

to not be hurt

  1. __ agricultural crops

c)

small animals or insects that destroy crops

  1. __ pollination

d)

chemical substances used to kill the insects and small animals that destroy crops

  1. __ pests

e)

the process that starts the production of seeds which grow into new plants


  1. __ a tray of organic pest control

f)

to blow a substance (e.g. a pesticide) through the air in the form of tiny drops

  1. __ a bee hive

g)

black and yellow flying insects that make honey

  1. __ to stick to something

h)

a flat container of natural, non-chemical substances to control pests

  1. __ to not be harmed

i)

a square or dome-shaped structure for keeping bees

  1. __ to spray a chemical

j)

plants grown by farmers, e.g. wheat, rice or fruit


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.

Canadian researchers believe bees may be able to ____.

a) help control pests and disease in forests

b) help control pests and disease on crops


2.

Bees are already valuable to farmers because they ________.

a) pollinate their crops

b) make honey



3.

Bees could help control pests and diseases by walking through _______.

a) trays of chemical pest control substances and dropping the substance on crops

b) trays of organic pest control substances and dropping the substance on crops



To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/canadian-researchers-use-bees-to-drop-pesticides-on-crops-1.2251858

Story 3: Toronto airport now has direct flights to Saudi Arabia

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 direct flight

a)

someone who is travelling on a plane, boat, in a car etc. and is not driving

  1. __ Pearson International Airport


b)

about

  1. __ to serve someone

c)

a journey to a holy or sacred place for reasons of faith / religion

  1. __ a passenger

d)

to provide goods or services to customers

  1. __ to benefit from something

e)

a flight that arrives at its destination without stopping anywhere on the way

  1. __ approximately

f)

to have an advantage; to have access to something that helps you

  1. __ a religious pilgrimage

g)

the name of Canada’s busiest airport

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.


The first direct flight from Saudi Arabia to Toronto will soon take place.

True

False

2.

A total of three airlines from the Gulf now have flights to Toronto.

True

False

3.

Saudi Airlines will have three direct flights to Toronto each week.

True

False

4.

One group which will benefit from the flights is Saudi students.

True

False

5.

There are approximately 1,400 Saudi students studying in Canada.

True

False

6.

Another group that will benefit is Canadians who travel to Saudi Arabia for religious pilgrimages.

True

False

To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/saudi-arabian-airline-begins-direct-flights-to-toronto-1.2254707

Hi, this is Heather Wells. You’re listening to Learning English with CBC newscast for the week of October 28th



Here is our first news story.

Manitoba film industry grows

A study released by the professional association that represents the province’s film industry shows the film industry is growing in Manitoba. The study shows that the number of films being co-produced in Manitoba has increased fifty per cent over the past five years. Co-producing films means that Manitoba media companies partner with companies from other provinces or countries. The increase in co-produced films has caused a jump in economic activity and jobs in the province.


And in Canadian news,

Bees could be used to drop pesticides on crops

Canadian researchers have been working to see if bees can help control pests and diseases on agricultural crops. Bees already pollinate crops. They would be of even greater value if they could also control pests and diseases. The researchers have bees walk through trays of organic pest control as they leave their hives. The pest control sticks to each bee’s legs and hair, and they drop it on crops while they are pollinating them. The bees are not harmed. The researchers say fewer crops will have to be sprayed with chemicals if bees can be used to help control pests and diseases.



And in international news,

Toronto airport now has direct flights to Saudi Arabia

The first direct flight from Saudi Arabia to Toronto landed at the Pearson International Airport last week. Saudi Airlines is the fourth Gulf airline to have flights to Canada. The other three are Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. Saudi Airlines will have three direct flights to Toronto each week. The flights will serve different groups of passengers. One group that will benefit is Saudi students. There are approximately fourteen thousand Saudi students studying in Canada. The airline will also serve Canadians who travel to Saudi Arabia each year for religious pilgrimages.


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

Questions: 1) film, growing 2) number, increased, fifty, five 3) caused, jump, jobs

Answers for Story 2

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

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


Answers for Story 3

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



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







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