• Good morning, everybody.
• Good afternoon, everybody.
• Hello, everyone.
• Hello there, _______.
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, _______?
• My name is Mr/Mrs/Ms _______. I'm your newEnglish 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 isquiet.
• 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.
• Who is absent today?
• Who isn't here today?
• What's the matter with ____ today?
• What's wrong with ______ today?
• Why were you absent last Friday, _______?
• Where have you been?
•We started _______ 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 activity ________.
•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 finished?
• Let's stop now.
• Stop now.
• Let's check the answers.
• Collect your work please.
• Pack up your books.
• Are your desks tidy?
• Don't forget to bring your _______ tomorrow.
Instructions can also be sequenced:
• After that
• Are you ready?
• Are you with me?
• Are you OK?
• OK so far?
• Do you get it?
• Do you understand?
• Do youfollow 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 _______ minutes to go.
• We still have a couple of minutes 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 amoment.
• 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.
• This is your homework for tonight.