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Interactive video lesson plan for: English at University: 14 - Asking for something you've lost

Activity overview:

Mary's having trouble with her university assignment again. She saved her work on a memory stick - which has gone missing in Daniel's chaotic bedroom. Has anyone handed in the missing memory stick to the Lost Property office?
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Welcome back to English at University - the series that teaches some English phrases to help you through your first year at university.
Mary's trying to get hold of her assignment which is saved on Daniel's memory stick – it was in his trouser pocket. Not anymore and the hunt is now on to find it.

Now I put it in my pocket here and walked over there and through the door…

You should be more careful. Goodness you've got stuff all over the place!

It may look chaotic but I'm sure it's here somewhere. It's got my name on it. Oh it's no good - you'll have to go to the lost property office and see if it's in there.


Well I'll carry on looking for it in here. Just go down the corridor, turn left and then right, the office is behind the student union. Just tell them 'I've lost a memory stick' or something.

Oh, ok. See you later.

Err Mary – don't be too hasty. You can't just say 'I've lost a memory stick' or something – he hasn't got a clue!
When you get to the lost property office, just say 'I wonder if you can help me please? I'm looking for a memory stick that I lost earlier.' And 'has anyone handed in a memory stick today?'

And if they haven't got it?

Say that you would like them to let you know if gets handed in. Give them your details and hopefully it will turn up – it'll be found. Look you're here now…

OK thanks.


Err, hello. I've… lost something.

Good… I mean, good you're in the right place – the LOST property office.

Right. Good. Well. I wonder if you can help me please? Earlier today I… well, my friend… lost a memory stick somewhere on the university campus.

Memory stick? We've got thousands of those.

Oh I see. I wonder… has anyone handed in my memory stick… a black one, with the name Daniel Smythe written on it? It's very precious to me.

What, the memory stick or Daniel Smythe?! Look, I'll see what we've got. Nope, nothing there. Sorry.

Oh no. Well, if somebody hands it in, please can you let me know? Here are my contact details.

Alright but I don't think there's much chance of it turning up.

Oh dear Mary. Things aren't looking good. Daniel's organisational skills seem a bit haphazard. In future, don't trust Daniel with anything valuable. Anyway, you've done your best trying to find that memory stick by using these phrases…

I wonder if you can help me please?
Has anyone handed in my memory stick?
If somebody hands it in, please can you let me know?
Here are my contact details.

You can practise these phrases, pick up a few more plus learn some top tips for studying in the UK on our website at bbclearningenglish.com.
Never mind Mary, I'm sure it will turn up – but now it's time to do some washing at the laundrette…

I've searched everywhere and I just don't know what's happened to it… anyway how do you use these stupid washing machines?

The clothes go in there… the money goes in there… and the powder goes there. Is this the first wash you've done this term?

It's the first wash I've ever done - my mum usually does my washing. Hold on, what's this at the bottom? The memory stick! It was wrapped up in with my dirty pants!

Yuk! You'd better get those in the machine and I'll get that to Professor Not as soon as possible.

Crisis averted!

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