Arriving late to class

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 Abu23 on Tue, 03/01/2023 - 15:57


First i try to understand if not then i ask my teacher to explain again.

Submitted by Eman Samir on Wed, 30/11/2022 - 09:24


When you don't understand something in class, what do you do?
When I don't understand something in class, I usually ask the teacher to explain it again in order to get it right.

Submitted by Minh Tien on Wed, 23/11/2022 - 03:36


to be honest. it is quite difficult to catch him because he breathe too loud. however, after reading transcript it make me sense immediately. i would practice my listening skill with some task which have to do with the former topic.

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Submitted by doctormustafa42 on Mon, 21/11/2022 - 18:23


I ask my friends for I can't understand it. Then, I ask my teacher about it and If I don't understand again , I search it on net

Submitted by farhadwahaj on Sat, 22/10/2022 - 08:09


Several times, I have faced such a situation that I did not understand enough well. I have followed the same follow-up question as in the listening. Commonly, asked classmates about the topics, if I did not catch them. Even though, I set with my classmate, and try to get the missed topic from him.

Submitted by ivanricardo07 on Fri, 19/08/2022 - 00:24


Whether I find some topics or lessons that I do not get in class, I usually take note of the uncomprehending points, and for ask explanations and examples about them later from the professor. Thereby, I do not interfere right away with the teacher's speech. It is most likely that followed by the lesson or speech the professor offers a question round which will allow us to have the opportunity to express our concerns, besides the class will go on more fluently.

Submitted by Thanh Thien on Sat, 13/08/2022 - 10:47


I will write down notes in my notebook and try to connect the next idea because the ideas in a whole lesson will be connected to one another. If I still don't get it, I will ask my seatmate. I try to avoid asking the teacher right in the lesson in spite of their willingness to answer my questions as it will interrupt others.

Thanks for your reading.

Submitted by mamalirezaenglish on Tue, 09/08/2022 - 18:12


I always ask the teacher to explain it again. I used to be very shy to ask teacher for explaining the subject one more time. But in time, I realized that I won't understand the subject perfectly, if I don't ask again.

Submitted by Weena pineda on Tue, 26/07/2022 - 17:43


I just stay quiet.

Submitted by AlexandraMT on Sun, 24/07/2022 - 16:19


i usually lose attention but I try to connect the next idea