Arriving late to class

Listen to the conversation between two students to practise and improve your listening skills.


Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.


Student 1: Sorry. Sorry, excuse me. I'm just … just coming to sit over here. Phew. Hey. How's it going? So, what have I missed?

Student 2: Nothing. He just started around five minutes ago.

Student 1: Did he say anything about the mid-term?

Student 2: What?

Student 1: About the mid-term tests. Did he say anything about when he was going to hand them back?

Student 2: He's almost finished marking them, he said. We get them next Tuesday.

Student 1: I'm sorry, I didn't catch that. When do we get them?

Student 2: Tuesday. Next Tuesday.

Student 1: OK. Got it. Sorry. What page are we meant to be on?

Student 2: Page 34.

Student 1: Page … 34. Oh, wait. I don't have my textbook. Can I … share with you? Wow. This is hard stuff.

Student 2: Mmm.

Student 1: What does SEO mean?

Student 2: What?

Student 1: SEO. This is all about SEO but he hasn't said what it means.

Student 2: Search engine optimisation. How to appear on internet searches.

Student 1: Internet searches. Right. Right. OK.

Student 2: He said what it meant.

Student 1: What?

Student 2: He explained it before you got here.

Student 1: Oh. Right. OK.

Student 2: Can you be quiet? I'm trying to listen to the lecture.

Student 1: So am I. Sorry. Sorry, one more question. What does this have to do with the American Revolution?

Student 2: What?

Student 1: I don't get it. Why is he talking about search engines in a course on the American Revolution?

Student 2: What are you talking about? This is a class on software engineering.

Student 1: You mean, it's not Early American History?

Student 2: You're in the wrong class.

Student 1: Oh, wow. Now it all makes sense. I'm so sorry.

Student 2: It's fine. 

Student 1: Here, I'll just … excuse me. I'm in the wrong class. Excuse me. Thanks. Sorry.  


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Submitted by I P on Sat, 14/12/2019 - 18:53

Sometimes, when I can t understand, or miss something during the class, I ask my friend ( who sits with me), - what is that about, or try to figure out by myslef, but I do never ask my teacher, because I m too shy

Submitted by OmarAdelSherif on Fri, 04/10/2019 - 19:01

When I don’t understand something in class, either I ask my friends and try to understand what I haven’t got or I raise my hands to get what I haven’t understand from my teacher.

Submitted by Captainblack_009 on Sun, 29/09/2019 - 09:05

What ı have missed? What have ı missed? This two quesition mean same or not? Because ı wrote what ı have missed? Answer is not correct.

Hello Captainblack_009

'What have I missed?' is the correct form and the other one is not correct. In most questions, the word order of the subject (in this case 'I') and the auxiliary verb ('have') is inverted, in other words, changed.

You can read more about this on our Question forms page.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Lydriannah on Mon, 23/09/2019 - 15:22

I have completed the following lesson of Arriving late to class. The level that i choosed was intermediate B1 listening. When i don't understand something in class, i always ask my friend until i get what the lecturer say because im a slow pick up person and need to ask it again and again in order to understand it. Beside that, i plan to record their voice in case i wanna listen on what was our topic for the day so that i won't disturb my friend during classes and only ask if i really don't understand

Submitted by Lydriannah on Mon, 23/09/2019 - 15:15

This is quite interesting. The guy is exacy like in class except i dont arrive late and went to the wrong class.

Submitted by nuryatie binti abdal on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 10:22

i have completed the following lessons of A phone call from a customer, Arriving late to class, and Meeting an old friend.The level that i chose was intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by syahirah suhaimi on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 08:26

I have completed the following lessons of A phone call from a customer, Arriving late to class, Meeting an old friend . The level that I chose is Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by Muhamad Aqmal … on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 08:22

I have completed the following lessons of Arriving Late to Class.The level that I chose was intermediate B1 listening

Submitted by marcalyn on Thu, 19/09/2019 - 07:52

I have completed the following lessons of Arriving Late In Class. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.