Speak English




Speak English in the classroom


You need help with some vocabulary

  • I can’t find the words… Let me think…
  • How do you say “...” in English? What’s the English for “...”? What does “…” mean?
  • How do you spell “…”? How do you pronounce “…”?
  • Can you write that on the board please?

At the end of the class

  • Do we have homework to do?
  • When is it due?
  • When is our next lesson?
  • Do we have to send it by email or hand it over to you?
  • Have a nice day / weekend.
  • See you soon! See you next week!

At the beginning of the lesson / the class

  • Hello!
  • Good morning!
  • Good afternoon!
  • I’m sorry I’m late. Can I please come in?
  • I’m very sorry, I’ve forgotten my notebook / textbook.

Other requests

  • Could you step aside, please? I cannot see the board.
  • Please don’t erase the board yet.
  • May I open the window?
  • Can you draw the curtains?
  • Can you lower the blinds?
  • I feel sick. Can I go to the nurse’s office?
  • May I leave, I have an appointment with the education counsellor / the careers counsellor at 10.30 am?

Giving or asking for clarification

  • Is it my turn?
  • What do we have to do?
  • Is it a test?
  • What shall I do next?
  • Shall we write this?
  • I can’t read what is written.
  • Do you see what I mean?
  • Do I make myself clear?

Speak English with your classmates


Collaborating / helping

  • I don’t understand.
  • I think I understand what she means, let me explain it to you…
  • Could you speak slower / louder?
  • Do you need help?
  • Maybe I can help you with that... / Let me help you.
  • Can you please repeat?
  • Can you help me?
  • Can you speak up?
  • Could I borrow your ... ?
  • Could you lend me your ... ?

Working together

  • What about you?
  • What do you think?
  • You start.
  • Which role are you going to take?
  • Can you explain what you mean?
  • Whose turn is it?
  • Do you agree?
  • I agree / I disagree with this idea.
  • I understand / I see.
  • Great idea!
  • Let’s write it down.
  • Do you want me to take notes?
  • How much time do we have left?
  • We should hurry!
  • I'm ready to recap what we said...
  • I want to volunteer to recap.
  • I will sum up what we said: …
  • We did reach an agreement: …
  • Any comments?

Giving feedback

  • That was clear / convincing / impressive.
  • I really liked when you said that…
  • I really loved the way she...
  • I was really impressed by how he explained...
  • That was crystal clear!
  • It reminded me of...
  • You could have been more precise. For example, ...
  • You forgot to mention that…
  • We can add that…
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