This activity provides short listening practice based around a telephone message from a woman to her friend. The message relays information about the break-up of a relationship.  

Derek Spafford

In this lesson, students will listen to someone telling their friend about a break up. 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 saying goodbye to practise specific areas of grammar.


  • To practise listening skills
  • To improve students’ vocabulary – phrasal verbs

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30 minutes


The lesson plan, transcript and student worksheets can be downloaded in PDF format below

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The theme of breaking up is obviously sensitive so be careful with this although you might want to extend this further to an activity such as saying goodbye. For an example try this activity





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