Lesson Plan for Talking on the Telephone


The telephone- one of the greatest inventions of all time! The telephone is a fast, easy, and efficient way to keep in touch. And these days, with the technology of the cell phone, you can contact just about anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world. Whether you consider the telephone as an absolute necessity, a handy device in an emergency, or just a plain nuisance, there are a number of standard expressions that are used when talking on the phone. Look at some of the examples below.

English Expressions Used when on the Telephone

Expression: Hello.
Response: Good bye.

Expression: May I speak to (… Benny)?
Response: Hold on, I’ll get him.

Expression: Is (… Amanda) there?
Response: Speaking.

Expression: (… Ace Investments), how can I help you?
Response: Yes, I’m calling for Mrs. Daniels.

Expression: Hi, (… Mrs. Martin, is Betty) there?
Response: No, she went to the library. I’ll have her call you when she returns.

Expression: I would like to speak to (… Mr. Kinsey)?
Response: May I ask who’s calling?

Expression: She’s not here right now. Can I take a message?
Response: Yes, please have her call Emily s soon as possible.

Expression: Could you give him a message?
Of course, what’s the message.

Expression: I got your message.
Response: Thanks for calling back.


Other Links for Telephone Use
XX Telephone English
XX English on the Telephone
XX Telephone Phrases
XX On the Telephone


To find conversation activities for talking on the telephone and
dialogues about talking on the telephone take a look at:

Conversation Made Easy


Talk, Talk, Talk

English conversation and role play activities on talking on the phone- yadayadaenglish.com.com