Classroom Language:
The language of spontaneous situations

If we use English in spontaneous situations:

  • we relate the target language to the learner's immediate environment;
  • we take advantage of spontaneous situations to use the target language;
  • we exploit contexts which are not directly linked to the syllabus (language in use).

Here are some common situations in which spontaneous English can be used:

  • Happy birthday!.
  • Many returns (of the day).
  • ..... has his/her 12th birthday today.
  • ... is eleven today. Let's sing "Happy Birthday".
  • I hope you all have a good Christmas.
  • Happy New Year!
  • All the best for the New Year.
  • Happy Easter.
  • Best of luck.
  • Good luck.
  • I hope you pass.
  • Congratulations!
  • Well done!
  • Hard lines!
  • Never mind.
  • Better luck next time..
  • Who's not here today?
  • Who isn't here?
  • What's wrong with ... today?
  • Do you feel better today?
  • Are you better now?
  • Have you been ill?
  • What was the matter?
  • I'm sorry (about that).
  • Sorry, that was my fault.
  • I'm terribly sorry.
  • Excuse me for a moment.
  • 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.
  • Excuse me.
  • Could I get past please?
  • You're blocking the way.
  • I can't get past you.
  • Get out of the way, please.
  • I'm afraid I can't speak any louder.
  • I seem to be losing my voice.
  • I have a sore throat.
  • I have a headache.
  • I'm feeling under the weather.
  • Do you mind if I sit down?

This page was updated on February 18, 2009.