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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Intermediate: B1

Submitted by Zun Addwa bint… on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:25

I have completed the following lessons of A student Discussion, A weather Forecast, and Making a Decision. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by fatin afiqah on Tue, 17/09/2019 - 08:17

I have completed the following lessons of Arriving Late to Class, Chatting About a Series and Meeting an Old Friend. The level that I chose was Intermediate B1 Listening.

Submitted by popo1011 on Sun, 08/09/2019 - 05:56

I try to repeat lesson myself, If I did not understand, I ask teacher.

Submitted by Magedelabd on Sun, 01/09/2019 - 18:05

I follow the excited rolls if I do not understand something in the classroom. If it is ok to raise my hand and ask , so it is ok , I will do it . If I have to write down a note till the end of the class , so it is fine.

Submitted by mehrazin on Sat, 31/08/2019 - 20:17

When i dont comprehend lesson in class, id like to raise my hand in order to ask my question but i prefer to wait and listen carefully to the ideas and extra explanations about the lesson topic which are offered during the question and answer process of learning then at the end, if the confuson is still going on .. i will ask my teacher to clear and explain me the point and might repeat the tips.

Submitted by Steve Zarv on Wed, 14/08/2019 - 16:50

What I do when I don't understand what's the teacher talking about is,firstly I try to figure it out accord to my notes. Usually our teacher give us the class agenda at the beginning of the term time so that we can review some topics to get ready to learn it in the class, if i don't get it just ask one of my classmates.

Submitted by starfish2019 on Sat, 10/08/2019 - 21:22

When you don't understand something in class, what do you do? First I tried to read my textbook again to understand, or if not then I asked my classmates. Even that didn't comprehend me, then I raised my hand to ask the questions to my teachers until I get something.

Submitted by JForoogh on Wed, 07/08/2019 - 14:50

I look for in text book.

Submitted by Haya1_ on Sun, 04/08/2019 - 20:53

Actually when I missed something I ask my teacher about at the end of the class, sometimes there are things that I missed them but I can got then and understand during the class It was very nice audio

Submitted by naser.z on Tue, 23/07/2019 - 06:28

I avoid listening to rest of the class.

Submitted by For dais on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:16

Hi ,firstly thank u British council.I want to speak English fluently like native Britishers . I love this language. I hope it will be comes true my dream.

Submitted by mohshu on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:12

Hello, Where is the PDF file for this lesson? Regards

Submitted by Kirk on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:15

In reply to by mohshu


Hello mohshu

I'm afraid we haven't finished creating it yet, but it is on our to-do list. I'm sorry for the inconvenience!

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Kinza123 on Tue, 25/06/2019 - 16:37

It feels really good when your teacher explains terms in detail about which you don't have any or few information before asking the question yourself. But obviously most of the time we have to search it by ourselves after we study the topic again

Submitted by maria.khazaee on Sun, 02/06/2019 - 14:13

when I am confused about my understanding on every classes,i prefer not to ask any question,instead i search it by myself after class and if i do't realize it even after my attempts,I will ask it on the next class!

Submitted by AL-Mustafa on Sat, 25/05/2019 - 12:18

Actually it very funny , i liked it .

Submitted by Nishu Verma on Mon, 20/05/2019 - 03:53

I wait for my teacher to finish and then raise my hand to ask questions.

Submitted by liaben on Thu, 16/05/2019 - 12:18

In my case, I ask to the professor as soon as he/she let us to make questions.

Submitted by Demi on Thu, 25/04/2019 - 09:29

I ask to teachers or friends but I never ask while the teacher is explaining something.

Submitted by Siberian on Wed, 24/04/2019 - 14:49

I am trying to catch the main sense of issue and sit quet :)

Submitted by gallo on Tue, 23/04/2019 - 16:43

I ask the correct answer as soon as I can. It´s very important for learning anything in class.

Submitted by Vijay Singh on Tue, 23/04/2019 - 01:25

I think it is normal with a new topic. Sometimes, I was ask the teacher to clear the confusions and most of the time I thoroughly study the topic and clear my confusions.

Submitted by pulldog89 on Fri, 29/03/2019 - 21:49

i start to raise my hand and question the teacher or give my opinion when he asks of what i think if i am wrong the teacher says something to correct me then i learn through the mistake i made.

Submitted by Esther Chinwe on Fri, 29/03/2019 - 14:51

I ask questions at the end of class.
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