Monthly Stories

Monthly stories are longer than newscasts and spoken at the original broadcast pace as heard on the radio. Monthly Stories have accompanying language learning activities.

All of the accompanying language tools are designed to improve English language proficiency. They focus on listening, reading, speaking and writing, along with supplementary grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary materials. An answer key, transcripts, and links to further information are all provided.

Story 48: Blue Monday: What is it and Does it Exist?

In this lesson, you will improve your English while discussing Blue Monday and whether or not it exists.

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Story 47: Work Spouses and Work-Life Balance

In this lesson, you will improve your English while discussing current topics on 'work-spouses' and work-life balance.

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Story 46: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): What is it?

In this lesson, you will improve your English while discussing current events and what is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Story 45: The Oil Crisis: The Good and the Bad

In this lesson, you will improve your English while discussing the current oil crisis and how individuals that have been laid off have been impacted. You will also be exposed to organizations that have both benefited and suffered as a result.

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Story 44: Wildfires and the importance of volunteerism during a crisis

In this lesson, you will improve your English while learning about wildfires, the foreign firefighters that have come to Canada to assist put out wildfires. The importance of volunteering will also be discussed.

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Story 43: Leduc #1 Centre

In this audio, you will hear CBC Journalists Adrienne Lamb, Peter Mansbridge, and Briar Stewart discuss different facets of the oil industry in Alberta.

This audio and learning plan is suitable for learners at a CLB 6+ level.

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Story 42: Stettler couple gives away free trip

In this audio, you will hear David Gray interview a Stettler couple who gave away a trip to Hawaii in a contest that tried to find the kindest person in Alberta. Everyone who was entered in the contest had touched the lives of people in their communities. 

This material is suitable for learners who are at a CLB 6+ language level.

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Story 41: Surviving the office party

CBC host Mark Connolly talks to workplace columnist Margo Ross-Graham about her guide to surviving the office party. 

The learning materials and audio for this monthly feature are suitable for English language learners at a CLB 7 proficiency level.

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Story 40: Adapting to winter in Alberta

Adapting to winter in Alberta
In this monthly feature learning plan and audio, you will hear CBC producer Adrienne Lamb speak with Angie Mandeville a participant in the UWALK program about how she tries to stay active in winter.  You will then hear an interview CBC's Travis Macewan and Mark Connolly and one newcomer to Alberta who is embracing Canada's wintertime passion- hockey.
This learning plan is suitable for English language learners who are at a CLB 6+ level.

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Story 39: Body Piercings

Body piercings: Are they a human right?


If you're a great employee, should it matter what you look like? An Edmonton woman says she's been discriminated against because of her various piercings.

 

In this audio, you will hear CBC journalist John Archer interviewing Margot Ross-Graham, Edmonton AM's workplace columnist, about the role of your appearance in getting a job and who should decide what body piercings and tattoos are appropriate in the workplace.


This audio and learning plan are appropriate for learners who have a language proficiency at CLB 7.

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Story 38: Airport Chapel

If you've been to the Calgary International Airport lately you know that it is a busy, busy place.  But if you're looking for a bit of a break from the noise and the crowds and the line ups, if you go up to the third floor of the airport you'll find the airport chapel. 

In this audio, you will hear Karen Moxley, from CBC Calgary's "The Eye Opener", interview the chaplain at the Calgary International Airport.

The audio and learning plans are suitable for learners who are at a language proficiency level of CLB 6+.

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Story 37: A Look at My Canada

In this learning plan and audio, you will hear CBC journalist Kim Trynacity speak with four newcomers to Canada about a picture they chose to represent their time in Canada.  You will then hear an interview CBC's Andrea Huncar did with Dr. Saleem Al-Nuaimi about his psychiatric work with Syrians affected by the civil war in Syria.
This learning plan is suitable for learners who are at a CLB proficiency level of 6+.

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Story 36: Are you a hard worker or are you becoming a workaholic? What's the difference?

In this audio, you will hear CBC journalist Mark Connolly interviewing Margo Ross-Graham, workplace columnist, about what to do if you are working too hard.
This audio is suitable for learners who are at CLB 6+

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Story 35: Benefits of Walking

"Walking is a luxury in the West. Very few people, particularly in cities, are obliged to do much of it at all. Cars, bicycles, buses, trams, and trains all beckon."  Calgary Eyeopener host David Gray interviews the author of this quote, Finlo Rohrer about the benefits of walking.


This audio is suitable for English language learners with a proficiency level of CLB 7.

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Story 34: Interviewing Strategies: Attitude Counts

Workplace columnist, Margo Ross Graham, explains that there is more to a good employee than just having the right job skills and technical training.   Good interview questions will not only get at the interviewee's past experiences, but his or her overall behaviours and attitudes.  In this discussion, you will listen to Graham's insight into how to conduct a successful interview for both the interviewer and the interviewee. 

This learning is sutiable for learners at CLB 6-7+. 

 

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Story 33: Edmonton Food Bank

In this audio from Our Edmonton, you will hear CBC journalist Adrienne Lamb interviewing different people who work for, or with, the Edmonton Food Bank.   They discuss the amount of food that gets handed out each month to those in need; how the organization has grown over the years; and how volunteers have helped with keeping the Food Bank going.

This learning plan is suitable for learners at CLB 6-7.

 

 

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Story 32: Preventing Influenza

In this audio, you will hear John Archer with Edmonton AM interviewing Dr. Raj Bhardwaj, an Albertan family physician and urgent care doctor, on how flu vaccinations work and what the benefits of them are.

This learning plan and audio are suitable for learnings at CLB 6-7+

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Story 31: Our Edmonton: Science edition

In this audio, you will hear a variety of CBC News personnel, such as, "Our Edmonton" reporter Adrienne Lamb, Edmonton AM host Mark Connolly, meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe, and cameraman John Robertson.  

You will also hear from two Canadian astronauts; recently retired Chris Hadfield, and currently active Jeremy Henson.   Finally, the University of Alberta Engineering Chair and professor talks about a few of the expectations of Canadian Engineering students.

This audio and learning plan are appropriate for learners at a CLB 6+ proficiency level.

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Story 30: You're Fired!

In this audio, you will hear Edmonton AM host Mark Connolly and Edmonton AM columnist Margo Ross-Graham talking about getting fired.  They share an example of a famous person firing someone in an inappropriate way, and between the two of them, they also share a personal example, insights into the dynamics of a termination situation and some advice for employers.

This audio and learning plan are appropriate for learners at a CLB 7 proficiency level.

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Story 29: Snow Fort

In this audio, you will hear CBC journalist Adrienne Lamb talking to a very enthusiastic group of boys at St. Vincent Catholic Elementary School in Edmonton about their snow fort project.

This audio and accompanying learning plan have been created for English language learners working towards CLB 7.

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Story 28: Tour of Alberta

In this video and audio, you will hear CBC journalist Adrienne Pan introducing the Tour of Alberta cycling race, starting in downtown Edmonton and winding its way through the province to the finish in Calgary.

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Story 27: Training to Excite

Training to Excite 

In this audio, you will hear CBC journalist Adrienne Lamb during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Wainwright speaking with Colonel Anderson about a novel training program known as 'Training to Excite.'

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Story 26: Communication Between Men and Women in the Workplace

In this monthly audio you will hear CBC journalist Adrienne Lamb talking with regular CBC Edmonton workplace columnist, Margot Ross Graham about the different communication styles between men and women in the workplace.

This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB6+ proficiency level.

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Story 25: Immigration challenges

The story of highly educated immigrants driving cabs in Canada is a reality for one man in Sherwood Park. CBC Producer Mark Harvey talked to a dentist who's decided to "Go Public" about the struggles thousands of foreign-trained professionals face every day, trying to become qualified. 

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Story 24: It's called the beautiful game.

 

Soccer is called the beautiful game....but does soccer really have solutions for our health care system. Two university of Alberta researchers think so, and their paper made it to the British Medical Journal. In this audio you will hear CBC's Gareth Hampshire meeting with the researchers and some local soccer professionals to explore the parallels between soccer and health care.

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Story 23: Baba's own perogy business

In this audio, you will hear CBC journalist Adrienne Lamb talking with employees and volunteers at a long term care centre that runs a very successful perogy business called "Baba's Own.


This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB6+ proficiency level.

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Story 22: Workplace appreciation

 

In this audio, you will hear CBC journalist Rick Harp in conversation with Human Resources expert, Margot Ross Graham, discussing the importance of showing appreciation in the workplace. This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB6+ proficiency level.

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Story 21: Alberta's Sheriffs

 

 

In this monthly lesson you will hear CBC journalist Adrienne Lamb on the job with four Alberta Sheriffs, learning about their work in tracking people with outstanding warrants.

 

 

This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB6+ proficiency level.

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Story 20: Aboriginal success in the oil sands

 

In Alberta, the relationship between indigenous communities and the oil and gas industry is complicated. Fort McKay is a community surrounded by the oil sands; it is also home to a number of very successful aboriginally-owned and -operated businesses. Tracy Johnson brings us the story of one of those businesses, the Bouchier group.

 

This audio and lessons is suitable for a language learner at CLB6+ proficiency level.

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Story 19: Salute to the Sutters

The Sutters are hocky in Alberta.   No other family has had six NHL playing brothers.  They all played the game the same way; hard-nosed, forechecking, grinders.   We spent some time with the matriach of the Sutter Clan, Grace, on the family farm near Viking.  She spoke of the secret to the Sutter success - hard work.

This audio and lessons is suitable for a language learner at CLB6+ proficiency level.

 

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Story 18: Financial literacy in high school

Do your kids understand how to manage their money or are the unaware of even basic financial concepts like balancing a chequebook or building savings?

Some Edmonton area high school teachers are working to raise the financial literacy of their students. Kim Trynacity talks to Edmonton high school teacher Holly Durkee about teaching financial literacy to teens.


This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB 6+ proficiency level.

 

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Story 17: Remembering the Slave Lake fire

In May 2011, a wildfire raged through Slave Lake destroying a third of the buildings and forcing everyone to leave. Miraculously no lives were lost, but it was the second most expensive disaster in our country's history. And while many houses and businesses have now been re-built, the human cost is still being counted. The CBC's Adrienne Lamb reports from Slave Lake about the rebuilding effort.

This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB 6+ proficiency level.

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Story 16: Procrastination

Procrastination. It's the bane of many a boss, but ultimately it's no fun for employees either. Listen to a conversation between CBC journalist Rick Harp and workplace columnist, Margot Ross Graham about how to deal with procrastination at the office. Accompanying this audio is an article about keeping a positive mindset when looking for a job. 


This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB 6+ proficiency level.  

 

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Story 15: Mosquitoes

We're moving into that time of year when the city's mosquito control plan goes into effect. In the coming weeks crews will be spraying areas in and around the city to try to make sure mosquito larvae don't have a chance to hatch. CBC host Peter Brown talks with Mike Jenkins, a biological sciences technician with the city. 

This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB 6+ proficiency level.

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Story 14: Life Changes

This month we consider life changes and their impact on our physical and mental health. In the audio, you will hear CBC journalist Adrienne Lamb interview a group of workers at the dump who have found a new and meaningful life through their work. In the written text, we read about the health impact of immigration to Canada, from one immigrant's perspective.

This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB 7 proficiency level.

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Story 13: Canada's top immigrants

Immigrants all over the country are vying to join the list of Canada's top twenty-five immigrants. It's actually a contest run by Canadian Immigrant Magazine to honour the contributions of those who've left their countries and now call Canada home. Rick Harp interviews two of the nominees. Mohammed Idriss is from the town of Brooks and Beatriz Kelly is from Edmonton.

This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB 6+ proficiency level.

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Story 12: Workplace Clothing


Ties, suits, blazers. They used to be the unofficial uniform of office work but not anymore. As the rules for what to wear at work get more relaxed so too, do the necklines. In this story, you will hear CBC journalists Lydia Neufeld and Rick Harp interviewing Margot Ross-Graham, a Vice-President with Williams Engineering in Edmonton who is responsible for human resources.


This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB 6+ proficiency level.

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Story 11: Bed bugs

Many people think that bed bugs are a new problem in North America.  In reality, bed bugs have been around for hundreds of years. Many large cities in North America now have bed bug problems.  It is important to learn as much as possible about bed bugs so you can keep your home bed bug free! In this Audio, you will hear CBC journalists Lydia Neufeld and Rick Harp interviewing public health inspector Sandra Hamilton about bed bugs in Edmonton and the best ways to deal with bed bugs if you find them.

 

This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB 6 proficiency level.

 

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Story 10: What to do with gift cards

Do you like to receive gift cards instead of regular presents? Do you ever buy gifts cards for people? If yes, who do you buy them for and why? If no, why don't you give gift cards?

In this audio, you will hear CBC journalist Adrienne Lamb discussing a new way for you to exchange any unwanted gift cards you receive this holiday season, and a place where you can buy gift cards at a discounted price.

This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB 6 proficiency level.

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Story 9: Discount Daycare

In this Audio, you will hear CBC journalist Niall McKenna introducing us to a special daycare in Edmonton that supports immigrants to the city by providing daycare at a discounted rate.

This audio and lesson is suitable for a language learner at CLB 5+ to 6 proficiency level.

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Story 8: Increasing access to Canada's national sport: Hockey

In this story, you will hear hear Mark Harvey interview Kieran Block on being a passionate sledge hockey player.

The audio accompanying this story is suitable for a learner at approximately a CLB 6+ level.

We suggest you open the pdf document and review some of the difficult vocabulary before you listen to the audio.

The mp3 files runs 7:09, you may decide to work through the learning materials. All of the accompanying learning materials are designed to improve English language proficiency. They focus on listening, reading, speaking and writing, along with supplementary grammers, pronunciation, and vocabulary materials.

An answer key, transcripts, and links to further information are all provided.

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Story 7: Cultural Differences

In this story, you will hear Mark Harvey discuss the issue of cultural difference in the workplace.

The audio accompanying this story is suitable for a learner at approximately a CLB 6+ level.

We suggest you open the pdf document and review some of the difficult vocabulary before you listen to the audio.

The mp3 files runs 5:50, you may decide to work through the learning materials. All of the accompanying learning materials are designed to improve English language proficiency. They focus on listening, reading, speaking and writing, along with supplementary grammers, pronunciation, and vocabulary materials.

An answer key, transcripts, and links to further information are all provided. 

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Story 6: Urban coyotes

  Have you ever seen a coyote in your city or town?

Journalist Adrienne Lamb tells us about the increase of coyote  activity in the city and the people who are working to build understanding of this animal.

The audio accompanying this story is suitable for a learner at approximately a CLB 6+ level.

We suggest you open the pdf document and review some of the difficult vocabulary before you listen to the audio.

The mp3 files runs 4:59, you may decide to work through the learning materials. All of the accompanying learning materials are designed to improve English language proficiency. They focus on listening, reading, speaking and writing, along with supplementary grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary materials.

An answer key, transcripts, and links to further information are all provided.

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Story 5: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Do you think the job situation in Alberta is better than the rest of Canada or are things about the same across the country?   Journalist Adrienne Lamb tells us about the jobs situation across Alberta.

The audio accompanying this story is suitable for a learner at approximately a CLB 7 level.

We suggest you open the pdf document and review some of the difficult vocabulary before you listen to the audio.

The mp3 files runs 4:46, you may decide to work through the learning materials.  All of the accompanying learning materials are designed to improve English language proficiency.  They focus on listening, reading, speaking and writing, along with supplementary grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary materials.

An answer key, transcripts, and links to further information are all provided.

 

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Story 4: Beyond the past - heal the hurt

Do you think it is important for children to learn about their cultural heritage?

The audio is suitable for an English language learner who is at a proficiency level of CLB 6+.

We suggest you open the pdf document and review some of the difficult vocabulary before you listen to the audio.

The mp3 file runs 6:11, click to play immediately or right click to download and save the audio file on your computer.

After listening to the mp3, you may decide to work through the learning materials.  All of the accompanying learning materials are designed to improve English language proficiency.  they focus on listening, reading, speaking and writing, along with supplementary grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary materials.

An answer key, transcript, and links to further information are all provided.

 

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Story 3: Retail sales in Alberta

In this story, you will hear CBC journalist Adrienne Lamb and Presenter Rod Kurtz, discuss latest statistics released that show unlike many other parts of Canada, shoppers in Alberta are spending money on retail purchases.   Adrienne interviews some shoppers, as well as an expert in retail analysis.  Rod and Adrienne also talk about the downside of too much retail spending, when Albertans get into debt.

We estimate the listening level to be at CLB 7.

We suggest you open the pdf document and review some of the difficult vocabulary before you listen to the audio.

The mp3 files runs 4:46, you may decide to work through the learning materials.  All of the accompanying learning materials are designed to improve English language proficiency.  They focus on listening, reading, speaking and writing, along with supplementary grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary materials.

An answer key, transcripts, and links to further information are all provided.

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Story 2: Bob Davisson - A Champion of Change

Meet Bob Davisson from Calgary, an award-winning volunteer, working to change the lives of children in Haiti.

We estimate the listening level of this audio to be approximately CLB 6.

We suggest you open the pdf document and review some of the difficult vocabulary before you listen to the audio.

The mp3 file runs 3;42, click to play immediately or right click to download and save the audio file on your computer.

After listening to the mp3, you may decide to work through the learning materials.  All of the accompanying learning materials are designed to improve English language proficiency.  they focus on listening, reading, speaking and writing, along with supplementary grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary materials.

An answer key, transcript, and links to further information are all provided.

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Story 1: Profile of an Edmonton Restaurant Owner

A story about a successful business woman who had a challenging start to adulthood. 

We estimate the listening level of this audio to be approximately CLB 7+.

We suggest you open the pdf document and review some of the difficult vocabulary before you listen to the audio.

The mp3 file runs 4;57, click to play immediately or right click to download and save the audio file on your computer.

After listening to the mp3, you may decide to work through the learning materials.  All of the accompanying learning materials are designed to improve English language proficiency.  they focus on listening, reading, speaking and writing, along with supplementary grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary materials.

An answer key, transcript, and links to further information are all provided.

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