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THE BEGINNING OF THE LESSON | Classroom English
- Hello, everyone.
- Good morning, everybody.
- Good afternoon, class.
- Hello there, Tom.
- Good afternoon, everybody.
- How are you today?
- How are you getting on?
- How’s life?
- How are things with you?
- Are you feeling better today, David?
- What a lovely day!
- What a rainy day!
- Today is very cold, isn’t it?
- My name is Mr/Mrs/Ms Smith. I’ll be teaching you English this year.
- I’m your new English teacher.
- I’ve got five lessons with you each week.
Time to begin
- Let’s begin today’s lesson.
- Let’s begin our lesson now.
- I hope you are all ready for your English lesson.
- I think we can start now.
- Is everybody ready to start?
- Now we can get down to work.
- It’s time to begin, please stop talking.
- I’m waiting for you to be quiet.
- Settle down now so we can start.
- We won’t start until everyone is quiet.
- Stop talking and be quiet.
Put your things away
- Pack your things away.
- Close your books.
- Put your books away.
- Who isn’t here today?
- Who is absent today?
- Why were you absent last Friday, Tom?
- What’s the matter with Anna today?
- What’s wrong with Anna today?
- We started ten minutes ago. What have you been doing?
- Did you oversleep?
- Don’t let it happen again.
- Where have you been?
- Did you miss your bus?
DURING THE LESSON | Classroom English
Classroom English | Common instructions
Instructions can be used at the beginning of a session
- Are you ready?
- Everybody …
- Pay attention, everybody.
- Open your books at page…
- You need pencils/rulers.
- We’ll learn how to …
- You have five minutes to do this.
- Turn to page …
- Look at activity five.
- Listen to this tape.
- Repeat after me.
- Again, please.
- Who’s next?
- Like this, not like that.
- Do you get it?
- Are you with me?
- Are you OK?
- Do you follow me?
- OK so far?
- Do you understand?
- What did you say?
- One more time, please.
- Say it again, please.
- Like this?
- Is this OK?
Other common instructions
- Come in.
- Go out.
- Stand by your desks.
- Stand up.
- Sit down.
- Come to the front of the class.
- Put your hands up.
- Put your hands down.
- Hold your books/pens up.
- Show me your pencil.
Classroom English | Classroom management
- Open your books at page 75.
- I want you all to join in.
- The whole class, please.
- All together now.
- Come out and write it on the board.
- Listen to the tape, please.
- Get into groups of four.
- Finish off this song at home.
- Everybody, please.
- 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 4?
- Can you all see the board?
- First/ First of all, today, …
- After that/ Then
- 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/ 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.
- Have you found the place?
- Are you all ready?
- Stop talking.
- Look this way.
- Listen to what … is saying.
- Leave that alone now.
- Be careful.
- Any questions?
- Do you have any questions?
- Now I’m going to ask you some questions.
- Who knows the answer?
- Raise your hand.
- Please raise your hand if you don’t understand.
- Try to answer by yourself.
- Try again.
- A full sentence, please.
- Use a full sentence please.
- Make a sentence.
- Say it in a loud voice.
- Louder, please!
- Again, please.
Responding to questions
- Yes, that’s right,
- Almost. Try again.
- What about this word?
- As I said earlier, …
- While we’re on the subject, …
- In the background you can see …
- The church was started in the last century.
- This is a picture of a typically English castle.
- Let me sum up.
- That’s interesting!
- That really is very kind of you.
- Don’t worry about it.
- Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll do better next time.
- I’m really impressed. I knew you could do it!
- Have a go! Have another try!
- Practise makes perfect.
- Good! Excellent! Well done! That’s great!
- That’ much better! You’re really improving.
- Your marks will get better if you practise more.
- Stop making excuses.
- Don’t pretend you can’t speak English, I know you can.
- Your marks are getting better all the time.
Classroom English | Error correction
Giving feedback to students
- Very good.
- That’s very good.
- Great stuff!
- Well done.
- That’s it.
- Yes, you’ve got it.
- Very fine.
- That’s nice.
- I like that.
- You did a great job.
- That’s correct.
- Quite right
- That’s right.
- That’s quite right.
- It depends.
- That’s much better.
- In a way, perhaps.
- You’ve improved a lot.
- Sort of, yes.
- That’s more like it.
- It might be, I suppose.
- That’s a lot better.
- You’re on the right lines (UK).
- There’s no hurry.
- Have a guess.
- That’s almost it.
- You’re halfway there.
- You’ve almost got it.
- You were almost right.
- There’s no need to rush.
- We have plenty of time
- Unfortunately not.
- I’m afraid that’s not quite right.
- Not quite right. Try again.
- Good try, but not quite right.
- You can’t say that, I’m afraid.
- You can’t use that word here.
- Have another try.
- Not really.
- Not exactly.
Classroom English | Special situations
- Happy birthday!
- Merry Christmas!
- I hope you all have a good Christmas.
- Happy New Year!
- All the best for the New Year.
- Happy Easter.
- Tom has his 11th birthday today.
- Anna is eleven today. Let’s sing “Happy Birthday”.
- Cheerio now.
- God bless!
- Have a nice weekend.
- Thanks for your help.
- Best of luck.
- Good luck.
- I hope you pass.
- Well done!
- Hard lines!
- Never mind.
- Better luck next time.
- Do you feel better today?
- Are you better now?
- Have you been ill?
- What was the matter?
- 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.
- I’m afraid I can’t speak any louder.
- I seem to be losing my voice.
- I have a headache.
- I’m feeling under the weather.
- Do you mind if I sit down?
- I have a sore throat.
THE END OF THE LESSON | Classroom English
Time to stop
- Let’s stop now.
- It’s time to finish now.
- It’s almost time to stop.
- I’m afraid it’s time to finish now.
- We’ve run out of time.
- We’ll have to stop here.
- There’s the bell. It’s time to stop.
- That’s all for today. You can go now.
- Have you finished?
- Stop now.
- Any questions?
- Collect your work please.
- Pack up your books.
- One minute to finish that activity. It’s nearly time to go.
- Are your desks tidy?
- Don’t forget to bring your … tomorrow.
- The next class is waiting (outside/ to come in)
- You’ll be late for your next class (if you don’t stop now)
- We’ll have to finish this tomorrow/ in the next lesson
- Look at the time/ What time is it now?
- That’s all (we have time) for today.
Not time to stop
- The bell hasn’t gone yet.
- The lesson doesn’t finish till ten past.
- Hang on a moment.
- We seem to have finished early.
- Just a moment, please.
- Just a sec/ Just a second/ Wait for it!
- There are still three minutes to go.
- Just hold on a moment.
- One more thing before you go.
- We still have a couple of minutes left.
- Your watch must be fast.
- We have an extra five minutes.
- Sit quietly until the bell goes.
- Tom, you have to stay five extra minutes (as I told you earlier/ because you…)
- Back to your places.
- Stay where you are for a moment.
- Remember your homework.
- Take a worksheet as you leave.
- What do you have to do before the next lesson?
- This is your homework for tonight.
- Finish this exercise
- Do the next exercise tonight, and we’ll check it tomorrow.
- Prepare the next chapter for Tuesday.
- Do exercise 5 on page 36 for your homework. There is no homework today.
- There is no homework tonight (but there will be tomorrow)
- The next class starts at 7 o’clock.
- We’ll do the rest of this chapter next time.
- We’ve run out of time, so we’ll continue next lesson.
- We’ll continue this chapter next Monday.
- We’ll do some more practice of this in the next class.
- We’ll finish this exercise next lesson.
- We’re going to continue with this tomorrow, so please sit together again.
- Goodbye, everyone.
- See you again next Thursday/ next week/ tomorrow/ on Monday
- Have a good holiday.
- Enjoy your vacation.
- See you tomorrow afternoon.
- Stand up and say goodbye to the class, please
- See you in room 8 after the break.
Leaving the room
- Form a queue (UK) and wait for the bell.
- Get into a queue (UK).
- Be quiet as you leave. Other classes are still working.
- Try not to make any noise as you leave.
- It’s tidy up time
- Everybody outside!
- All of you get outside now!
- Hurry up and get out!
- Line up
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