Classroom English for Teachers | Classroom Management

Greetings:
  • 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?
Introductions:
  • 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 things away:
  • Pack your things away.
  • Close your books.
  • Put your books away.
Register:
  • 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?
Late:
  • 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?
Common Instructions:

Instructions can be used at the beginning of a lesson:
  • 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.
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?
Sequencing:

  • 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?
Supervision:

  • Stop talking.
  • Look this way.
  • Listen to what … is saying.
  • Leave that alone now.
  • Be careful.
Questions:

  • 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?
Reference:

  • 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.
Encouragement:

  • 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 practice more.
  • Stop making excuses.
  • Don’t pretend you can’t speak English, I know you can.
  • Your marks are getting better all the time.
Error Corrections:

Giving Feedbacks:

  • 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.
  • Marvelous!
  • 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.

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