Classroom English

(Classroom English in pdf)

The beginning of the lesson:

Good morning, everybody. 

Good afternoon, everybody.

Hello, everyone.

Hello there, James.

How are you today, Bill?

How are you getting on?

How’s life?

How are things with you, Bill?

Are you feeling better today, Bill?

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.

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.

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.

Put your things away

Close/Open your books.

Put your books away.

Pack your things away. 

Who is absent today?

Who isn’t here today?

What’s the matter with Bill today?

What’s wrong with Bill today?

Why were you absent last Friday, Bill?

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.

Common instructions:

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.

Stop talking.


Listen to what … is saying. 

Be careful.

That’s interesting!

Don’t worry about it.

I was a bit disappointed with your efforts.

The end of the lesson:

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Instructions at the beginning of a session:

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.


Instructions at the end of a session:

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 be sequenced:



After that 



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?

English in spontaneous situations:

Best of luck. 

Good luck.

I hope you pass.


Well done!

Who’s not here today?

Who isn’t here?

What’s wrong with … today?

I’m sorry (about that).

Sorry, that was my fault.

I’m terribly sorry.

Excuse me. 

Could I get past please?

You’re blocking the way.

I can’t get past you.

Get out of the way, please

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? 

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.

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 management:

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.


Giving instructions:

Open your books at page 35 

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 4?


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?

Giving feedback to students:

Very good 

That’s very good

Well done

Very fine

That’s nice

I like that


You did a great job.




Jolly good

Great stuff





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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