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 acitivity five.
  • 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 finsihed?
  • Let's stop now.
  • Stop now.
  • Let's check the answers.
  • Any questions?
  • Collect your work please.
  • Pack up your books.
  • Are your desks tidy?
  • Don't forget to bring your ... tomorrow.

Instructions can also be sequenced:

  • First
  • Next
  • After that
  • Then
  • Finally

Comprehension language:

  • Are you ready?
  • Are you with me?
  • Are you OK?
  • OK so far?
  • Do you get it?
  • Do you understand?
  • Do you follow 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?
 

This page was updated on February 18, 2009.