Classroom English: 300+ Classroom Phrases For English Teachers 1

Classroom English: 300+ Classroom Phrases For English Teachers

Learn an extensive list of 300+ classroom English phrases for English teachers with ESL printable infographics.



  • 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.

Comprehension language

  • 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

Giving instructions

  • 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,
  • Fine.
  • 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

  • Magnificent!
  • Right!
  • Fine.
  • Very good.
  • That’s very good.
  • Great stuff!
  • Well done.
  • That’s it.
  • Yes!
  • Yes, you’ve got it.
  • Fantastic!
  • Very fine.
  • That’s nice.
  • I like that.
  • Marvellous!
  • You did a great job.
  • Terrific!
  • Wow!
  • 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.
  • Congratulations!
  • 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)

Next time

  • 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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Great lesson, thanks a lot.

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very good,self study lession.


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