Missing a class

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 Nandar Su Hlaing on Mon, 29/08/2022 - 10:16


No, I don't have to do any homework. I don't like to do homework but when the teacher gave me homework, I did it well.

Submitted by Moses Habarugira on Sun, 01/05/2022 - 22:16


What's mid-term exam?
Or what's the meaning mid-term ?

Hi Moses Habarugira,

A mid-term exam is an exam that students have to do in the middle of the course, instead of at the end. Some university courses, for example, have mid-term exams.

I hope that helps!


The LearnEnglish Team

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 :))