1. Greeting a class
Good morning!/Good afternoon!/Good evening!/Hello!
Good morning everyone/everybody/ladies and gentlemen!
Right, settle down, please. Where is Bob today? Does anybody know if
he is ill?
Today we’re going to begin with . . . and then we’ll have a look at .
Right, now let’s get down to it/start. Now . . .
Who wants to read first? – That’s fine, Irene, thanks a lot. Helen, would
you carry on from there, please.
3. Classroom procedure
Right. Could you move/arrange all these desks into a horseshoe, please.
Nick and Jane, could you two move over to that group, please. That’s
With this activity I’d like you each to find a partner/work in pairs/divide
the class into two teams/you (all) to move around the classroom/go back
to your places.
Would you (all) make sure that you’ve got 6 pages/given in all the handouts
before you leave.
Now let’s work in groups of four/stop there.
Nick, could you go and find me some chalk/open that window, please.
Get out your vocabulary notebooks/jotters and take this down.
Stick this up on the wall, please.
I’m going to play this twice and then I’ll expect you to.
Now I’d like you to write the answers to the questions in your notebooks/jotters/to
practice the dialogue on p. 96 in pairs.
Let me know if you don’t understand.
Nick, please collect the papers and put them on my table.
Get out your vocabulary notebooks.
Right, change jotters with your partner!/Dish these out quickly!
Please, listen to the tape!/Now listen or you won’t know what to do.
Remember there’s only five minutes to go.
Just finish the one you’re on. We’re going to go over it in a second.
Please, prepare this for the next lesson.
Listen to me please!
Stop talking Russian!
Please, see me afterwards.
You haven’t done much so far, so get cracking!
Right, you two up the back, give me a rundown on what I’ve just said!
Don’t just sit there. Get on with it!
On students interrupting others by talking:
Ahem! Excuse me a minute Nick, Jack! Give it a rest and listen for a
Do you want to come out here and teach this lesson? No? Well, be quiet!
Did I tell you to use a dictionary!? Well, don’t!
Quiet! I’m waiting for absolute quiet!
Right you two, cut it out!
Now, if you’ve got anything to say, say it to me!
Now wait a minute – have a think about what you’ve just said.
Have another go./Right, try again.
Now, is that right?/Now, are you sure?
Well, that’s not quite correct. Can anybody give Nick a hand?
Now can anybody help her out with the right word?
Well, nearly. Try again.
Now say it again. You do know how to say it correctly.
Can’t anyone get it? Right, let’s have a look at it together.
Think it out a bit more clearly – use simpler vocabulary.
Now, come on! Is that really English? Now think carefully over what you’ve
Now, what tense should he have used?
Right. Now, just take it a little more slowly.
Now, could you speak up a little, please, I couldn’t quite catch that.
I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you with all the noise in here. Could you
repeat what you said?
No – no, that’s OK. – Fine! Now just say that a little louder.
Help him out, please.
Good!/Well done!/Oh, that’s/was marvelous/great/lovely!/ Fabulous/Excellent/Wonderful!
Can you just say that again so that everyone else can hear it?
I’d like to thank you. That was a lovely piece of work.
I’m really pleased with you. You’ve tried really hard.
8. Ending lessons
Now, I’ve got an announcement to make. There’s going to be a test on
this next week.
Don’t forget your homework.
Remember to bring your textbooks/go over this for next time.
Right, let’s call it a day./OK, that’s enough for today./That’s it. See
you next week.
I’m afraid, I’ll have to dash off to a meeting this afternoon so we’ll
have to finish 10 minutes early today.
Bye!/Cheerio then, see you tomorrow./Have a nice weekend! See you on
Nick, would you give the board a wipe, please.
Stay behind, please, Nick, I want a word with you.
Other useful phrases
Have you all got that now?
Do you need any help? Do you all follow that? Does everyone have a handout?
Are you nearly/almost through/ready?
You’ve got 5 minutes to fill in this worksheet.
OK. I haven’t got enough copies to go round so it’ll have to be one between