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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Language level

A2 English level (pre-intermediate)

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 :))

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.

Submitted by Himei on Sat, 09/10/2021 - 06:52


Yes, I have many homework to do. My favorite kind of homework is speaking, listening to English practices, and the exercises to calculate.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Wed, 06/10/2021 - 06:39


Yes, I have a lots of homework. I'm happy to this. Because I'm busy to doing that.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Tue, 13/04/2021 - 05:57

Yes, when I was in highschool I do lot of homework of different subjects. In this time I am in graduation so I don't have any homework. But I read book daily about subject.

Submitted by In on Thu, 04/03/2021 - 01:31

yes, I do. I do homework to prepare me to give de IELT test in the 2nd semester.

Submitted by vespinosa10 on Sat, 27/02/2021 - 18:54

now I don't have because I'm on vacation. but when I have a lot of homework and I like the story homework

Submitted by GabrielaE on Fri, 12/02/2021 - 14:48

I have a lot of homework because I'm in the finals test of the university. Indeed, this part of the career needs more concentration and more responsability. But I have to say, I really love doing homework from college as it is for my future. Also, love doing english homeworks because I feel I'm learning more everyday. I hated doing homework when I was in the high school because It was like something obliged, so I always made it with out effort, but I was a really good student. I was the best calification of all my promotion. Right now, that I am in studiying something that I like, I do it with out doubt.

Submitted by Sara Kalafat on Mon, 08/02/2021 - 19:19

i like the difficult exciting homework

Submitted by fariba on Sat, 06/02/2021 - 08:48

when i was in high school, i have many assignments.

Submitted by IrinAristova on Wed, 03/02/2021 - 11:52

When I was a student, I had a lot of homework. I didn't like doing a homework because I didn't like the subjects in my college.

Submitted by Minh on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 19:24

Well, to tell the truth I'm not a student, so I haven't had the homework from the teacher yet. However, I'm learning English now, therefore I have a number of exercises to finished everyday. That's why I give me the plan for studying Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. It's not only important for me, but also useful for people learning English. If I have a partner, we will study and discuss together about all lessons.
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Submitted by lean on Mon, 04/01/2021 - 10:59

Hello I think there is mistake in a transcript and convesation too. "Teacher: Don't worry, I can send you the practice test by email on Wednesday. Can you send it to me before Friday?" What asks teacher from the student ? Resend back a practice test ? I think she asks from student send her the solved test. But that looks like resend back the same test.
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Submitted by Jonathan R on Mon, 04/01/2021 - 11:46

In reply to by lean


Hi lean,

I see what you mean! You're right that the teacher is asking the student to send her the completed test. But actually, the word test can mean not only the set of questions, but also the student's answers too. The student's set of answers can also be called her test.

So, from the situation, we infer that the teacher wants the student to send the completed test, not just the set of questions.

Does that make sense?


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Mon, 04/01/2021 - 04:34

Yes, I had a lot of homework during school days. In this time I made two task daily on BC. I like homework in mathematics. Because my brother was help me.

Submitted by fatfat on Wed, 30/12/2020 - 11:42

I don't have homework given by someone else but give myself about english.

Submitted by Frank_7 on Mon, 14/12/2020 - 13:53

No, we are already 2 days away from finishing school and they don't give me many homework assignments, as for the tasks that I like, they are the tutoring tasks since they help you to socialize more with your classmates.

Submitted by Pola on Thu, 10/12/2020 - 13:38

When I was a student at school I had a lot of homeworks at that time, I'd like to a homework assignments in Math, Science, Geography and History.
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Submitted by DJ Singh on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 06:14

As I am not studying at any school or university at the moment, thus I don't have to worry about homework but back in my school days, there was a lot of homework to do from my teachers. They wanted us to kept busy even after school timing. Thank god those days are over.

Submitted by Ugulhan on Sat, 17/10/2020 - 08:30

I like to do all kinds of homework in English such as essays, reports, and coursework. I love so much English particularly if I am working in the international area.
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Submitted by shelly on Wed, 14/10/2020 - 07:49

Finally I do not have to worry about my homework after graduation. I should be happy but I always thought of the moment when I was doing the ambiguous results for the maths homework. Now I take lesson online every day to study English, which is also a kind of homework after a long day working.

Submitted by habibao.medo on Wed, 07/10/2020 - 12:09

i don't have a lot of homework but when i have i just ignore them if there is no degrees for them

Submitted by SergeySSSS on Tue, 15/09/2020 - 06:00

Recall me when I studying my childhood, our teacher gave us a lot of homework. Some times I had to cheating on my classmate homework because we love played games outside. Then we don't have any gadget like a phone or computer.

Submitted by sindhallb on Sat, 05/09/2020 - 19:14

Ofcourse, I have lot of home work to do .I like to do some tasks which are creative where I need to do a lot of mental exercise

Submitted by Rinaa on Thu, 13/08/2020 - 23:40

I don’t have any studies assignments. I finished my studies last year and the only commitment that I have now is to improve my English skills. Due to COVID, I can't attend any English classes in a private school, so I'm trying to learn on my own. I setting myself homework, every day to listen to stories, select unknown words, write essays, and to practice speaking part. That’s means I have a lot of homework to do every day with a regular schedule. I'm putting too much effort to be fluent in English, and this is my aim for the next year.

Submitted by MARIANO_HB on Thu, 13/08/2020 - 02:05

When I was at college my professors gave too many homework assignments and the funniest was related with maths and physic.

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Submitted by Allate on Sat, 01/08/2020 - 21:12

When I was a student, I used to like doing homework. Now as a teacher I give homework to my students. Sometimes my students complain because they think that they have a lot to do. In case I realise that they are too busy what I do is to give them more time to do their homework. I think that it is very important for students to have to do homework.

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Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Fri, 31/07/2020 - 05:50

Currently, I have an online English course. It covers speaking, listening, reading, and writing practice through a variety of general interest topics. So I have to spend a lot of time reviewing my grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. This course has a lot of online homework assignments and I need to finish it by weekly deadline.

Submitted by Min Htet Kaung on Thu, 30/07/2020 - 16:38

When I was studenthood, I sometimes had homework assignments to do. Among them, I was interested in doing mathematics assignments. I think I love solving problems and working on solutions.
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Submitted by dariowins on Thu, 23/07/2020 - 17:19

I really enjoy doing homework because it is something that I like, like to take care my daughter, study English by myself and doing things about cybersecurity. I think that, when you love something is very interesting to do homework about it. I like reading activities and then answer some test to demonstrate to me that I learn something new

Submitted by Rapsodie2000 on Sun, 19/07/2020 - 08:03

I'm not at university, and i am not enrolled in any course. I am learning English on my own and everything I study is my homework. But i don't have deadline.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Sat, 11/07/2020 - 16:59

As I'm not at school or university anymore seems I don't have to do homework at all. Finally! )) But it isn't so. First of all, my older son is a schoolboy already so I need to stay informed about his homework. Does he have any problem with it? Or rather is he going to do his homework at all? This is our everyday fight with him. Second, I like to learn something new, so I study (mostly online) many different things. English, Polish, coding for example. That means I have a lot of homework almost every day.

Submitted by Suellen Esteves on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 19:07

I don't have homework, I'm not student anymore, but i love learning new things, so i do my own homework, like now, i am learning English.

Submitted by joshnamep on Sun, 05/07/2020 - 17:05

I am university student, that why I have many homework and assignments that I have to finish on time. I especially like going on a field trip and write a report. It helps us accumulate analytic and collecting skills.

Submitted by abudo93 on Sun, 28/06/2020 - 11:44

I have a few homework, I like English language and and maths homework.