Speaking Exercise: Classroom Language

What can you say to your teachers and classmates in an English-speaking classroom?

If you’re going to study in an English-speaking country, or if you have English lessons with other nationality students, it’s really useful to know classroom language.

Here are some important phrases and vocabulary:

Can you.. please?” and “Could you ..please?” are polite ways to ask for something.
“Can you spell the word for me please?” (and not “Spell the word for me”)

I’m sorry, but…” is a polite way to make an excuse.
“I’m sorry, but I left my book at home.”
“I’m sorry, but I don’t understand.”

What does … mean?” is the correct way to ask for an explanation.
“What does “wardrobe” mean?”

Check = see if your answer is correct or not
“Lets check the answers.”

Correct (verb) = give the right answers to a test
Correct (adjective) = when your answer is good
“We’ll correct the test tomorrow.”

Repeat = say again
“Can you repeat that, please?”

Explain = say why
“Can you explain this grammar again, please?”

Look up = find the meaning of a word in the dictionary
“I looked it up in a dictionary, and it said…”

Classroom Language

Choose the correct answer.