Telephoning troubles collocations pairwork

Telephoning troubles collocations Part One

Student A

Without showing your worksheet to your partner, work together to match up the sentence halves to make real life telephoning problems. 

  1. I phoned directory_________________
  2. The line suddenly went _________________
  3. I tried the number 6 or 7 times, but the line was always _______________
  4. I couldn’t get _________________
  5. I was held in call _________________
  6. The receptionist put me on _________________
  7. They gave the wrong _________________
  8. I got a ringing _________________
  9. I was cut_________________
  10. His answer        _________________
  11. When I pressed the automatic          redial _________________
  12. There was such a bad _________________
  13. The hand           _________________
  14. I had no small change for the phone _________________
  15. I couldn’t find anywhere to buy a phone _________________
  16. I left my phone off the _________________
  17. My mobile phone dialled the emergency _________________

Discuss your real life experiences of these problems. What did you do?

Ask each other how you would react to the other situations: What would you do if (you were cut off before you finished speaking)?

Roleplay one conversation with your partner

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Telephoning troubles collocations Part One

Student B

Without showing your worksheet to your partner, work together to match up the sentence halves to make real life telephoning problems.

A)      _________________services number when it was in my pocket.

B)      _________________line that he couldn’t hear me

C)      _________________enquiries but his number was ex directory

D)      _________________button on my girlfriend’s phone it phoned her ex

E)      _________________dead

F)       _________________busy

G)      _________________through to anyone in the office

H)      _________________set in the phone box smelt strange

I)          _________________waiting for more than 15 minutes

J)        _________________hold for so long that I just hung up

K)      _________________box

L)       _________________number on their website

M)     _________________tone but no one answered

N)      _________________hook all day without realizing

O)      _________________off before I had finished speaking

P)      _________________card for the public phone anywhere.

Q)      _________________machine was so full that I couldn’t leave a message

Discuss your real life experiences of these problems. What did you do?

Ask each other how you would react to the other situations: What would you do if (you were cut off before you finished speaking)?

Roleplay one conversation with your partner

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Telephoning troubles Part Two

Match up the compound nouns from the questions above. Have you had any other problems with these?

directory                                             box

to get                                                  enquiries

an answer                                          redial (button)

the ringing                                          machine

call                                                      tone

(put someone) on                              card

to cut                                                   waiting

(the) automatic                                              line

a bad                                                  (someone) off

the hand                                             services (number)

a phone                                              through (to someone)

the emergency                                               hold

a phone                                              set

Match the words to make phone-related collocations

Ex                                                        engaged

To hang                                               call

An international                                             number

(My) extension                                               tone

Permanently                                       code

An engaged                                       line

A crossed                                           board

A direct                                               call

Un                                                       tone (function)

Touch                                                  call

Area                                                    free phone

A collect                                              attainable

(My) home                                          phone

A hands                                              directory

Mobile                                                            number

Switch                                                             phone

Free                                                    line

A conference                                     up

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