Sick Day
Basic Level

1. Pre-Listening Exercises

Sometimes, people are sick and have health problems, and they can't go to work or school? What health problems do people sometimes have?

  • I have a bad stomachache.
  • Does Ashley have a high fever?
  • I stayed home because I was sick.

2. Listening Exercises
Listen by pressing the "Play Audio" button and select the correct answer for each sentence.

1. What is the name of the school?
A. English Study Center
B. World English College
C. English Language Center

2. What is the man's name?
A. Jacob
B. Joseph
C. Joshua

3. In what way is the man sick?
A. He has a bad backache.
B. He has a terrible cold.
C. He has a high fever.

4. He plans to return to work _______.
A. tomorrow
B. in two days
C. next week

5. The woman is going to ______________.
A. cancel the man's classes
B. teach his classes herself
C. ask another teacher to help


1. English Language Center
2. Jacob
3. He has a terrible cold.
4. tomorrow
5. ask another teacher to help


Sarah: Hello. English Language Center.Jacob: Hello. Sarah? This is Jacob.Sarah: Jacob? Jacob? Hi. You sound terrible. How are you doing?Jacob: Oh, I have a bad cold, and I threw up three times this morning.Sarah: Yuck. That sounds aweful.Jacob: Oh, yeah. Could I take today off? I think if I rest today, I'll be ready for tomorrow. Maybe.Sarah: Sure. We'll see if we can get another teacher to cover your classes.Jacob: Oh, that'd be great. Thanks.Sarah: Alright. Take care. You sound terrible. Hope you're better by tomorrow.Jacob: Ah, thanks.

3. Post-Listening Exercises

Talk about a time when you were very sick. How did you feel? How long were you sick? Did you go to the doctor? Why or why not?What medicine did you take, if any?

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