CLASSROOM ENGLISH PHRASES

CLASSROOM ENGLISH PHRASES
1. Good morning
· Good morning, everybody.
· Good afternoon, everybody.
· Hello, everyone.
· Hello there, James.
2. How are you?
· How are you today, ?.
· How are you getting on?
· How’s life?
· How are things with you, ?
· Are you feeling better today, Bill?
3. Introductions
· My name is Mr/Mrs/Ms Kim. I’m your
new English teacher.
· I’ll be teaching you English this year.
· I’ve got five lessons with you each
week.
4. Time to begin
· Let’s begin our lesson now.
· Is everybody ready to start?
· I hope you are all ready for your English
lesson.
· I think we can start now.
· Now we can get down to work.
5. Waiting to start
· I’m waiting for you to be quiet.
· We won’t start until everyone is quiet.
· Stop talking and be quiet.
· Settle down now so we can start.
6. Put your things away
· Close your books.
· Put your books away.
· Pack your things away.
7. Register
· Who is absent today?.
· Who isn’t here today?
· What’s the matter with  today?
· What’s wrong with Jim today?
· Why were you absent last Friday, ?
8. Late
· Where have you been?
· We started ten minutes ago. What have you
been doing?.
· Did you miss your bus?
· Did you oversleep?
· Don’t let it happen again.
Classroom Language: Simple instructions
Here are some common instructions which the class can easily understand:
· Come in.
· Go out.
· Stand up.
· Sit down.
· Come to the front of the class.
· Stand by your desks.
· Put your hands up.
· Put your hands down.
· Hold your books/pens up.
· Show me your pencil.
A number of instructions can be used at the beginning of a session, and as the semester continues:
· Pay attention, everybody.
· You need pencils/rulers.
· We’ll learn how to …
· Are you ready?
· Open your books at page …
· Turn to page …
· Look at acitivity five.
· Listen to this tape.
· Repeat after me.
· Again, please.
· Everybody …
· you have five minutes to do this.
· Who’s next?
· Like this, not like that.
A number of instructions can be used at the end of a session, and as the semester continues:
· It’s time to finish.
· Have you finsihed?
· Let’s stop now.
· Stop now.
· Let’s check the answers.
· Any questions?
· Collect your work please.
· Pack up your books.
· Are your desks tidy?
· Don’t forget to bring your … tomorrow.
Instructions can also be sequenced:
· First
· Next
· After that
· Then
· Finally
Comprehension language:
· Are you ready?
· Are you with me?
· Are you OK?
· OK so far?
· Do you get it?
· Do you understand?
· Do you follow me?
· What did you say?
· One more time, please.
· Say it again, please.
· I don’t understand.
· I don’t get it.
· Like this?
· Is this OK?
Classroom Language: The end of the lesson
1. Time to stop
· It’s almost time to stop.
· I’m afraid it’s time to finish now.
· We’ll have to stop here.
· There’s the bell. It’s time to stop.
· That’s all for today. You can go now.
2. Not time to stop.
· The bell hasn’t gone yet.
· There are still two minutes to go.
· We still have a couple ofminutes left.
· The lesson doesn’t finish till five past.
· Your watch must be fast.
· We seem to have finished early.
· We have an extra five minutes.
· Sit quietly until the bell goes.
3. Wait a minute
· Hang on a moment.
· Just hold on a moment.
· Stay where you are for a moment.
· Just a moment, please.
· One more thing before you go.
· Back to your places.
4. Next time
· We’ll do the rest of this chapter next time.
· We’ll finish this exercise next lesson.
· We’ve run out of time, so we’ll continue
next lesson.
· We’ll continue this chapter next Monday.
5. Homework
· This is your homework for tonight.
· Do exercise 10 on page 23 for your
homework.
· Prepare the next chapter for Monday.
· There is no homework tonight.
· Remember your homework.
· Take a worksheet as you leave.
6. Goodbye
· Goodbye, everyone.
· See you again next Wednesday.
· See you tomorrow afternoon.
· See you in room 7 after the break.
· Have a good holiday.
· Enjoy your vacation..
7. Leaving the room
· Get into a queue.
· Form a queue and wait for the bell.
· Everybody outside!
· All of you, get outside now!
· Hurry up and get out!
· try not to make any noise as you leave.
· Be quiet as you leave. Other classes are
still working.
Classroom Language: Simple instructions
Here are some common instructions which the class can easily understand:
· Come in.
· Go out.
· Stand up.
· Sit down.
· Come to the front of the class.
· Stand by your desks.
· Put your hands up.
· Put your hands down.
· Hold your books/pens up.
· Show me your pencil.
A number of instructions can be used at the beginning of a session, and as the semester continues:
· Pay attention, everybody.
· You need pencils/rulers.
· We’ll learn how to …
· Are you ready?
· Open your books at page …
· Turn to page …
· Look at acitivity five.
· Listen to this tape.
· Repeat after me.
· Again, please.
· Everybody …
· you have five minutes to do this.
· Who’s next?
· Like this, not like that.
A number of instructions can be used at the end of a session, and as the semester continues:
· It’s time to finish.
· Have you finsihed?
· Let’s stop now.
· Stop now.
· Let’s check the answers.
· Any questions?
· Collect your work please.
· Pack up your books.
· Are your desks tidy?
· Don’t forget to bring your … tomorrow.
Instructions can also be sequenced:
· First
· Next
· After that
· Then
· Finally
Comprehension language:
· Are you ready?
· Are you with me?
· Are you OK?
· OK so far?
· Do you get it?
· Do you understand?
· Do you follow me?
· What did you say?
· One more time, please.
· Say it again, please.
· I don’t understand.
· I don’t get it.
· Like this?
· Is this OK?
Classroom Language,
The language of spontaneous situations
If we use English in spontaneous situations:
· we relate the target language to the learner’s immediate environment;
· we take advantage of spontaneous situations to use the target language;
· we exploit contexts which are not directly linked to the syllabus (language in use).
Here are some common situations in which spontaneous English can be used:
· Happy birthday!.
· Many returns (of the day).
· ….. has his/her 12th birthday today.
· … is eleven today. Let’s sing “Happy
Birthday”.
· I hope you all have a good Christmas.
· Happy New Year!
· All the best for the New Year.
· Happy Easter.
· Best of luck.
· Good luck.
· I hope you pass.
· Congratulations!
· Well done!
· Hard lines!
· Never mind.
· Better luck next time..
· Who’s not here today?
· Who isn’t here?
· What’s wrong with … today?
· Do you feel better today?
· Are you better now?
· Have you been ill?
· What was the matter?
· I’m sorry (about that).
· Sorry, that was my fault.
· I’m terribly sorry.
· Excuse me for a moment.
· I’ll be back in a moment.
· Carry on with the exercise while I’m away.
· I’ve got to go next door for a moment.
· Excuse me.
· Could I get past please?
· You’re blocking the way.
· I can’t get past you.
· Get out of the way, please.
· I’m afraid I can’t speak any louder.
· I seem to be losing my voice.
· I have a sore throat.
· I have a headache.
· I’m feeling under the weather.
· Do you mind if I sit down?
Classroom Language,
The language of classroom management
Here are some common situations in which spontaneous English can be used:
· Make groups of four.
· Move your desks into groups of four people.
· Turn your desks around.
· Make a horseshoe shape with your desks.
· Make a circle with your desks.
· Make a line of desks facing each other.
· Make groups of four desks facing each other.
· Sit back to back.
· Work together with your friend
· Find a partner
· Work in pairs/threes/fours/fives.
· Work in groups of two/three/four.
· I want you to form groups.
· Form groups of three
· Here are some tasks for you to work
on in groups of four.
· There are too many in this group.
· Can you join the other group?
· Only three people in each group.
· I asked for four people to a group.
· Everybody work individually
· Work by yourselves.
· Work independently.
· Ask your neighbor for help.
· Work on the task together.
· Ask other people in the group
· Ask others in the class.
· Interview someone else.
· Ask everyone in the class.
· Stand up and find another partner.
· Have you finished?
· Do the next activity.
· Move on to the next activity.
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Classroom Language,
Language of classroom management
Here are some phrases that can be used for classroom management:
Organization
Giving instructions
· Open your books at page 52
· Come out and write it on the board
· Listen to the tape, please
· Get into groups of four
· Finish off this song at home
· Let’s sing a song.
· Everybody, please.
· All together now.
· The whole class, please.
· I want you all to join in
· Could you try the next one?
· I would like you to write this down.
· Would you mind switching the lights on?
· It might be an idea to leave this till next
time.
· Who would like to read?
· Which topic will your group report on?
· Do you want to answer question 3?
Sequencing
· First of all, today, …
· Right. Now we will go on to the next
exercise.
· Have you finished?
· For the last thing today, let’s …
· Whose turn is it to read?
· Which question are you on?
· Next one, please.
· Who hasn’t answered yet?
· Let me explain what I want you to do
next.
· The idea of this exercise is for you to …
· You have ten minutes to do this.
· Your time is up.
· Finish this by twenty to eleven.
· Can you all see the board?
· Have you found the place?
· Are you all ready?
Supervision
· Look this way.
· Stop talking.
· Listen to what … is saying.
· Leave that alone now.
· Be careful.
Interrogation
Asking questions
· Where’s Min-su?
· Is Min-su in the kitchen?
· Tell me where Min-su is.
· What was the house like?
· What do you think?
· How can you tell?
Responding to questions
· Yes, that’s right
· Fine.
· Almost. Try again.
· What about this word?
Explanation
Metalanguage
· What’s the Korean for “doll”?
· Explain it in your own words.
· It’s spelt with a capital “J”.
· Can anybody correct this sentence?
· Fill in the missing words.
· Mark the right alternative.
Reference
· After they left the USA, the Beatles …
· The church was started in the last
century.
· This is a picture of a typically English
castle.
· In the background you can see …
· While we’re on the subject, …
· As I said earlier, …
· Let me sum up.
Interaction
Affective attitudes
· That’s interesting!
· That really is very kind of you.
· Don’t worry about it.
· I was a bit disappointed with your
efforts.
Social ritual
· Good morning.
· Cheerio now.
· God bless!
· Have a nice weekend.
· Thanks for your help
· Happy birthday!
· Merry Christmas!
Classroom Language,
The language of error correction
Here are some phrases that can be used when giving feedback to students:
· Very good
· That’s very good
· You did a great job.
· Magnificent
· Right
· Yes
· Well done
· Very fine
· That’s nice
· I like that
· Marvellous
· Terrific
· Wow!
· Jolly good
· Great stuff
· Fantastic
· Fine
· Quite right
· That’s right.
· That’s it.
· That’s correct
· That’s quite right.
· Yes, you’ve got it.
· You’ve got the idea.
· It depends
· It might be, I suppose
· In a way, perhaps
· Sort of , yes.
· That’s more like it
· That’s much better
· That’s a lot better
· You’ve improved a lot
· Not really
· Unfortunately not
· I’m afraid that’s not quite
right
· You can’t say that, I’m afraid
· you can’t use that word here
· Good try, but not quite right
· Have another try
· Not quite right. Try again.
· Not exactly
· You were almost right.
· That’s almost it
· You’re halfway there
· You’ve almost got it
· You’re on the right
lines
· There’s no need to rush
· There’s no hurry
· We have plenty of time
· Go on. Have a try
· Have a go
· Have a guess
· There’s nothing wrong with your
answer.
· What you said was perfectly all right.
· You didn’t make a single mistake.
· That’s exactly the point.
· That’s just what I was looking for.
· Don’t worry about your pronunciation.
· Don’t worry about your spelling.
· Don’t worry, it’ll improve
· Maybe this will help you
· Do you want a clue (hint)?
· You have good pronunciation.
· Your pronunciation is very good.
· You are communicating well.
· You speak very fluently.
· You have made a lot of progress.
· You still have some trouble with pronuncation.
· You need more practice with these words.
· You’ll have to spend some time practising this.
· You’re getting better at it all the time.
· You’ve improved no end.

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