Booking a train ticket

This activity provides short listening practice based around a dialogue at a train station ticket office.

Derek Spafford

In this lesson, students will listen to someone booking a train ticket. They will predict vocabulary, listen to the conversation and role-play the dialogue to practise their speaking skills. There are also suggestions for developing the theme of travel to practise specific areas of grammar.

  • To practise listening skills
  • To improve students’ vocabulary and speaking skills
Teens and Adults 
30 minutes

Booking a train ticket worksheet  

Language Level


Submitted by Elsull on Sun, 07/24/2016 - 09:59


Dear Sirs, Audio downloads are not activated, please advise me about how do downloading. Thanks in advance Salah Elsull

Submitted by Derek Spafford on Sun, 07/24/2016 - 14:21

In reply to by Elsull


Hi Elsull Right click on the play icon and choose 'save audio as' You can then save it on your computer. Cheers Del

Submitted by cathysuzuki on Mon, 05/29/2017 - 10:50


The right clicking doesn't work on my Mac since I updated it, is there another way to download audio material?

Hi Cathy If right clicking doesn't work, you could try pressing CTRL and click - and then 'Save File As'. Hopefully that will work. Thanks Cath TE Team

Submitted by jilleevans on Fri, 08/04/2017 - 09:47


Hi Cathy I've tried all the ideas given and still can't open or save this. Jill

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Mon, 08/07/2017 - 10:04

In reply to by jilleevans


Hi Jill The file seems to be working fine. If you have tried the suggestions (1. click on the play icon to play directly from the site, 2. Right click on the audio bar and then click 'Save As' to save to your computer), then could you try using a different browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc) to see if that solves your problem? Thanks, Cath TE Team

Submitted by lhotskap on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:23


Dear Derek, thank you for this excellent complex material. I´ve just started to teach so it is of a huge help to me. Best regards, Pavla

Submitted by annateach on Wed, 04/27/2022 - 18:26


I have tried to click play, I have tried to save as to my computer, and it has been impossible for me to download or save the audio. I also have not been able to listen to the audio no matter how many times I click the play button. Are there any other instructions you can give me aside from the ones you have given the other people in the comments so that I can try it out? Thank you.

Submitted by annele on Thu, 04/28/2022 - 21:05


Hi annateach,
I'm sorry that you haven't been able to access the audio, I've just checked it on different devices and it loads so it might be that your device doesn't let it load/ can't let it load if you’ve already tried our advice above. Can you use another device to try to load it following those instructions? I hope you can use it in the end, let us know if you can!
TeachingEnglish team

Submitted by irpathak on Tue, 05/31/2022 - 11:59


On the top, you find the play button doesn't work. Just look down to find 'DOWNLOADS"- Click the fifth item- Booking a train ticket audio2.59 MB-it functions, you can listen and save but no download. Raj

Hi Irpathak,

Thanks for highlighting this - can you report the problem to the 'HELP' button on the course pages, this is the most direct wat to help correct any things like this on the site, thanks!


TeachingEnglish team

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