Classroom Language For Students in English

Useful English phrases that students can use in class for asking questions and group discussions...

Classroom language: Asking questions

  • Can I come to your office?
  • How should I pronounce "..."?
  • How do you pronounce this word?
  • Would you pronounce the word "..."?
  • How do you spell "..."?
  • What does UK stand for?
  • Would you give us an example?
  • How do you spell that?
  • Could you explain a little bit more about that?
  • What do you mean?
  • What is the difference between "a" and "b"?
  • I didn't understand today's lesson.
  • I don't understand the homework.
  • Just a minute/second/sec.
  • When is the homework due?
  • Execuse me, can I talk to you for a minute?
  • I'm sorry I am late.
  • Can I go to the restroom?
  • Can I change seats?

Classroom Discussions

Gathering Contributions

  • What should we write?
  • What do you think makes sense?
  • Do you have a suggestion?
  • We haven’t heard from you yet.

Confirming Contributions

  • I see what you mean.
  • That’s an interesting example.
  • Now I understand your perspective.
  • I share your point of view.

Clarifying Contributions

  • I don’t quite understand what you mean by…
  • I have a question about..
  • Will you explain what you mean by…?
  • What makes you think that?

Rephrasing contributions?

  • In other words, you think…
  • So, what you are saying is that…
  • So, you are recommending that…
  • If I understand you correctly, your idea is…

Reporting contributions

  • My partner, … and I discussed…
  • My partner and I/group decided/ agreed on this response…
  • One example my partner offered was…
  • As a group, we determined that the…

I don't understand.

How do you say "...' in English?

What do you call "..." in English?

Are you saying "..."?

Can you say that again, please?

What does "..." mean?

Could you explain it once more, please?

What is the meaning of...?

What does it mean?

Would you repeat that?

Can you speak more slowly?

Can you speak more loudly?


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