Missing a class

Listen to a student explain why she can't come to class to practise and improve your listening skills.


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


Student: Excuse me, Ms Henderson?

Teacher: Yes, Diana. How can I help you?

Student: I'm sorry, but I can't come to class next Wednesday. I have a doctor's appointment.

Teacher: OK. Thanks for letting me know.

Student: Is there anything to do at home?

Teacher: Let me just check my notebook. OK, first of all … you need to read chapters 17, 19 and 20 in the book. There are also some articles and a video to watch – those are online. I'll post the links online in the usual place.

Student: Chapters 17 to 20.

Teacher: Yes, except chapter 18. Chapters 17, 19 and 20.

Student: Ah, OK. Um ... is there a deadline?

Teacher: Yes, this Friday. But there's something else. I was going to give you all a practice test.

Student: A practice test?

Teacher: Yes, to help people prepare for the mid-term exam.

Student: Ah. All right.

Teacher: Don't worry, I can send you the practice test by email on Wednesday. Can you send it to me before Friday?

Student: Sure, no problem.

Teacher: And don't forget to bring a certificate from the doctor to the office.

Student: Thanks, Ms Henderson! I'll do that.

Teacher: You're welcome, Diana. Take care.


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Submitted by nadyanightingale on Fri, 08/04/2022 - 19:36


Practice tests are very useful especially when they are for a mid-term exam. Sometimes there are some homework assignments that should be done on time, deadlines are usual at the end of the months.

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 22/03/2022 - 06:19


I'm not a student and don't have teacher. but I study in some fields like English language, crypto currencies and etc. using books, E-books, sites and etc. I try to solve the tasks that are presented in them.

Submitted by jmajo on Fri, 11/03/2022 - 15:37


Well, although I'm not a regular student anymore I remember I used to like to do those kind of homework where I need to go to a library and research for information to get the answers, nowadays It's so much easier because most of the books or documents are online on the internet, so I suppose It's no necessary to go to a library as often as it was.

Thanks for the episode!
Great site!

Submitted by ANOUAR on Thu, 02/12/2021 - 09:53


I don't like Homeworks because I like to have a problem and solve it in my own without enforcing me to do so !

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Thu, 25/11/2021 - 09:42


of course, I have had a lot of homework since I studied online, this semester I have a subject is discussion skills in English although it's very hard I really like it because I can develop my thinking in English I always do homework enough for this subject but that is not I don't do homework of other subjects it's just I prefer this subject.

Submitted by azharbgskr on Mon, 22/11/2021 - 13:04


Yes, I have some for now. Because I take computer science degree, I like a coding homework. No matter how hard it is, I still enjoy it, and play with my logic skills. (please correct me if I use wrong grammar :))

Submitted by Vanngan on Thu, 04/11/2021 - 15:47


when studying in high school, i am given lots of homework by my teacher and i thinks it's so awful and maybe i'm so scared them but a long time when i do that, i see that it's useful to me so much such as homework which has deadline and creation. it practice me to be patient and have responsibility and help my knowledge to be better.

Submitted by vuhoap on Wed, 03/11/2021 - 00:55


No, I am no longer a student. However, when I was a student, I also had a lot of homework. That is the school's subject homework such as mathematics, chemistry, physics, ... Among them, I like the most mathematics and chemistry because these subjects all have clear formulas.

Submitted by Thais Gomes Ribeiro on Fri, 15/10/2021 - 18:02


Yes, I have a lot of homework, I like all of them, but I have some difficulties in doing they in a short time.