Classroom Phrases for Teacher

 Classroom Language Journal

Created by : Laeli Ro'fatul Anisah



  Good morning class

  Good afternoon everyone

  Hello, everybody

  Hello there

  How are you today?

  How’s it going?

  What are you up to?

  How are you getting on?

  How are things with you?

  what’s news?

  How’s life?


  My name is Mr/Mrs/Ms Renata. I will teach you History.

  I am your new history teacher.

  We have four lessons each week

  I hope you enjoy learning history with me


Time to begin

  Lets’s begin the class by reciting Du’a together

  Before study let’s pray together

  Gilang, could you please lead du’a/ the pray?

  Let’s begin our lesson right now

  It’s time to begin, please be quiet

  Settle down, so we can start

  Alright, let’s get started

  I think we can start now

  Pay attention please

  Stop talking and be quiet



  I’ll check you one by one

  Whose name is called, please say “present/i’am/ i’m here

  Who is absent today?

  Who is’nt here today?

  What’s wrong with Sarah today?

  Why were you absent last Monday?

  Ok, its complete


Put your things away

  Close your books

  Pack your things away

  Poot your books away


  Did you oversleep?

  Where have you been, Gina?

  We already start 15 minutes ago, What have you been up to?

  Did you late for breakfast/lunch?

  Did you picked up the clothesline?




Instructions can be used at the beginning of a session

  Are you ready?

  Open your books at page 75

  Pay attention class

  Repeat after me

  Today we are going to learn about....

  Who else?

  What else?

Comprehension Language

  Do you understand?

  Do you get it?

  Do you follow me?

  Got it?

  Come again please/ what was that?/ excuse me?

  Are you OK?

  Is this clear?


Other coomon instructions

  Come in

  Stand up

  Sit down

  Come forward

  Go ahead

  Rise your hand

  Put your hands up

  Put your hands down

  Write down on your book

  Submit your task on my desk

  Have you finished?


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.



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.



  • 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.



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 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 and wait for the bell.
  • Get into a queue
  • 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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