Accessed on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 10:17:19 AM [GMT +0900] EF 2 UNIT 5

1. May-li is a teacher. Her students are late to class. Read why. Guess the missing words.





Hi, I’m May-li. I’m Chinese, but I now teach high school in the U.K. The culture is di erent here, and when my students are late, they always give reasons. However, I never know if it’s the true reason or just an excuse. These are excuses from my students. Do you believe them?

1.“I’m sorry I’m late, but my mom couldn’t nd the car .

And then because we were late, there was a big tra c jam.”

2.“I’m sorry I’m late, but I had an accident. I fell o my .

I don’t usually ride it, but I the bus, so I had no choice.”

3. “I’m sorry I’m late, but my and I were sick. We both had stomachache. It must be something that we ate!”

4. “I’m sorry I’m late, but I forgot my lunch and had to _ o n the way. There were lots of people in the shop.”

5. “I’m sorry I’m late, but my girlfriend and I last night. She’s OK, but I’m broken-hearted.”

6. “I’m sorry I’m late, but my has low blood pressure. She overslept, so I .”

7. “I’m sorry I’m late, but I forgot my wallet, so I couldn’t get on the .”

8. “I’m sorry I’m late, but the train was delayed because of high winds. Then I got on the wrong bus. It wasn’t my . ”

  Complete the sentences. Use these words. There are 2 extra. 

Listen and check your answers.

  2. Answer the questions about the story.
1. 1. True or false? May-li does not live in the country where she was born.
1. 2. In item 5, who wanted to stop dating, the boy or the girl?
1. 3. Choose one excuse you think is not true. Why don’t you believe it?

3. YOUR STORY Think of a di cult situation
when you had to give an excuse. Was it the truth?
What happened? Was it your fault? Write about it.

Follow up. Work with a partner.
Read your partner’s story.
Which are excuses? Which are real reasons?