Step 1: Listen

You’re going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries.

a) The World Health Organisation has published a report about red meat and cancer.

b) The World Health Organisation has published a report which says red meat causes cancer.

c) The World Health Organisation will publish a report on research about red meat and cancer.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are four definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

the risk of
the possibility of something happening, usually bad

agency
an organisation providing a particular service

processed meat
meat which has been treated to make it last longer or change its taste

Step 3: Transcript and answer

The World Health Organisation is due to publish a report today on whether some kinds of meat can increase the risk of cancer.

The WHO’s agency for research on cancer has been reviewing evidence on red andprocessed meats.

Answer

c) The World Health Organisation will publish a report on research about red meat and cancer.