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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: Refugee student program finds temporary home

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 a refugee

a)

to gradually change your behaviour and attitudes so that you are successful in a new situation

  1. __ to be temporary

b)

e.g. math, science, English, gym, social studies, music

  1. __ to adapt

c)

a place where education is available to all children free of charge

  1. __ to (be) run out of

d)

a place where parents pay fees to have their children educated

  1. __ a private school


e)

to be short term; to not be permanent

  1. __ regular subjects

f)

to be operated out of; to be located in a specific place

  1. __ a public school

g)

someone who is forced to leave their homeland due to war, or for political or faith reasons


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.

A Winnipeg program for refugee students has ____.

a) found a temporary home

b) found a permanent home



2.

The program had to move because _________.

a) the school it was being run out of couldn’t afford it

b) the school it was being run out of didn’t have space for it



3.

Parents have to pay fees for students to attend _______.


a) a public school

b) a private school



4.

The program has _________.

a) eleven students

b) seven students



5.

Students stay in the program ________.

a) throughout high school

b) until they are ready to move to a regular school



To find out more: www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/can-focus-on-playing-soccer-refugee-kids-get-another-chance-137874003.html

Story 2: Report on Provincial Nominee Program released

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 release a report

a)

to have difficulties

  1. __ a minister of government


b)

to give priority to

  1. __ to have problems

c)

mostly; mainly

  1. __ the Provincial Nominee Program

d)

someone who is interested in immigrating and meets the selection criteria

  1. __ to nominate someone

e)

to provide the results/findings of a study to the media and the public

  1. __ a potential immigrant

f)

to be chosen

  1. __ a labour shortage

g)

the person appointed by government to oversee policies in a specific department

  1. __ to mention

h)

when there are not enough workers to fill jobs

  1. __ to give preference to

i)

the program that gives Canada’s provinces a say in who immigrates to their province

  1. __ to be selected

j)

to be able to adapt to a new environment


  1. __ primarily

k)

to talk about quickly and offer few details

  1. __ to have an ability to adjust

l)

to officially recommend someone for a position


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 Provincial Nominee Program is working, but it also has some ________.

2. The program allows the ________ to __________ potential immigrants to help meet labour _________.

3. One problem is that some immigrants are nominated by one province but they _____ to another province shortly after they ________ in Canada.

4. The minister would _______ that newcomers be able to speak _______ or French.

provinces move problems nominate prefer arrive working English shortages



To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/01/26/pol-kenney-report-immigrants.html

Story 3: Online economy expected to grow in near future

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 online economy

a)

a very, very large number

  1. __ the near future

b)

devices that make telephone calls but also have features like email, internet, a camera etc.

  1. __ to release a report

c)

to be likely to happen

  1. __ a financial summit

d)

to have a value in money; to have wealth

  1. __ to be expected to happen

e)

a computer system that allows millions of computers around the world to exchange information

  1. __ to double

f)

business conducted on the internet, e.g. eBay

  1. __ to be worth

g)

an important meeting of government leaders on financial issues

  1. __ a trillion

h)


a group of nations with large economies

  1. __ the G20 nations

i)

websites that interact with you and allow you to communicate with others, e.g. Facebook

  1. __ the internet

j)

to become twice as big

  1. __ smart phones

k)

soon; a short time from now

  1. __ social media

l)

to provide the results/findings of a study to the media and the public


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 online economy is growing.

True

False

2.

The online economy is expected to double in the next two years.


True

False

3.

By 2016, the online economy of the G20 nations will be worth over four trillion dollars.

True

False

4.

A trillion is a number that begins with a 1 and has six zeros.

True

False

5.

The internet, smartphones and social media are responsible for the growth in the online economy.

True

False


To find out more:
www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/01/27/online-internet-economy.html

Hi, this is Heather Wells. You’re listening to Learning English with CBC newscast for the week of January 23rd



Here is our first news story.

Refugee student program finds temporary home

A Winnipeg program that helps refugee students adapt to Canadian culture while they learn has found a temporary home. The program used to be run out of a private school but the school could no longer afford it. The program is now temporarily located in a church in downtown Winnipeg. This year, the program is helping seven refugee students who are between twelve and fifteen years of age. Some of them did not have the opportunity to attend school in their country. Students learn about Canadian life as well as study regular subjects. They stay in the program until they are ready to move to a regular public or private school.


And in Canadian news,

Report on Provincial Nominee Program released

A report released by Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister says the provincial nominee program is working, but that it also has some problems. The program allows provinces and territories to nominate potential immigrants to meet labour shortages. The report found that the majority of provincial nominees are able to find work in the industry in which they are trained. One problem mentioned in the report is that immigrants are sometimes nominated by one province, but then move to another province shortly after arriving in Canada. The minister said he would also prefer to see the provinces nominate newcomers who can speak English or French. In Manitoba, nominees are selected primarily for their labour market skills and their ability to adjust to life in the province.



And in international news,

Online economy expected to grow in near future

A report released from a financial summit held in Switzerland says the online economy is expected to double over the next four years. By 2016, the online economy of G20 nations is expected to be worth just over four trillion dollars. G20 nations are the nations with the largest economies in the world. The value of online business is growing as more and more people worldwide are using the internet. Another reason for the growth in the online economy is the use of smartphones and social media.



Answers for Story 1

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

Questions: 1) a; 2) a; 3) b; 4) b; 5) b

Answers for Story 2

Vocabulary: 1) e; 2) g; 3) a; 4) i; 5) l; 6) d; 7) h; 8) k; 9) b; 10) f; 11) c; 12) j

Questions: 1) working, problems 2) provinces, nominate, shortages 3) move, arrive
4) prefer, English
Answers for Story 3

Vocabulary: 1) f; 2) k; 3) l; 4) g; 5) c; 6) j; 7) d; 8) a; 9) h; 10) e; 11) b; 12) i



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






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