Audio: Making a call - the first 60 seconds

A2, B1, B2

In these two activities from the BBC World Service Learning English site, you will practise the expressions you need for the beginning of a phone call in a more formal or work situation. 
  • Activity 1:  Learn what to say to be connected to your correspondent (or to connect the caller if you are receiving the call).  
  • Activity 2: Learn how to leave (or take) a message when the person asked for isn't there.
Time: 10 - 30 minutes per activity.
Task: Each activity has four steps:
  • "Think".....about what language you know already and see some typical phrases.
  • "Listen".....to conversation and note what phrases you hear.
  • "Check understanding": read transcript and listen again
  • "Practise"....with a quiz
Go to Activity 1 here.
Go to Activity 2 here.

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