A morning briefing

A morning briefing

Listen to a morning briefing to practise and improve your listening skills.


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


Hi, everyone. I know you're all busy so I'll keep this briefing quick. I have some important information about a change in the management team. As you already know, our head of department, James Watson, is leaving his position at the end of this week. His replacement is starting at the end of the next month. In the meantime, we'll continue with our projects as usual.

I have two more quick points. Firstly, there will be some improvements made to the staff car park next month for a few weeks. It will be closed during that time.

Don't worry, we've found a solution. We can use the local church car park until our own one is ready. If you arrive before 8.30 a.m., please use our small car park on Brown Street, and if you arrive after that, you should go directly to the church car park. It's only a five-minute walk away. But they need it in the evenings, so you have to leave before 6 p.m. Sorry about that – I know how much you all love working late!

The other thing I wanted to tell you about is that the canteen has now introduced a cashless payment system. So, you can't use cash for payments any more. You can pay directly with your smartphone or you can pay using your company ID card. The total amount put on your company ID card comes off your salary at the end of each month.

OK. That's it? Are there any questions?


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Submitted by maharosa on Wed, 30/12/2020 - 19:17

hi, As I am a manager of a consulting office, i have to give informations to my clients about a new laws and standards. and i give instructions to the emloyees for improving the work

Submitted by mhdoamaral on Mon, 28/12/2020 - 13:20

At my home, I’m used to give information and instructions to my child, he’s only 2 years old and is learning how to speak. At my work, I’m used to give information about oil market and prices and instructions about how to analyze oil market data using statistical models and data science technics using computer language coding to my coworkers. In the past, I used to give instructions to my younger sister about the things that she was studying at school.

Submitted by glen on Sun, 20/12/2020 - 22:18

As, the next person to the head of the department, I will give information to my colleague/team and other employees in my department about the resignation and the last day of our boss/head in the company and newly hired of the department will start. I will give instruction to the employees' about the temporary car park while the closure of the company's car park. The place, the time allotted for. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Thank you

Submitted by lean on Tue, 15/12/2020 - 11:11

Hello I'd like to say about preparation task. I think "a replacement" isn't a person. It mean an action or condition. So I would write " an action or condition as a result somebody or something will take the place of another one ". Pls correct me if I'm wrong :-)))
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Submitted by Jonathan R on Tue, 15/12/2020 - 15:24

In reply to by lean


Hi lean,

A replacement can be an action, but it can be a person as well :) 

The Cambridge Dictionary's third definition is: "someone who does a job instead of someone else", and that's the meaning here.


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Emma_Torres175 on Wed, 09/12/2020 - 19:46

Well, when my parents arrive I have to inform them of what I did all day, for example I did my homework at 10am.

Submitted by fofanaML on Sun, 06/12/2020 - 22:11

I have to give information on the progress of the monitoring of my activity to my teacher to better see how I am progressing in my learning..

Submitted by anettochka on Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:10

I have to give information about my work progress to my boss. Moreover, I volunteered to white an instructions about developing, monitoring and deployment for my work group.