Classroom Language Samples For ESL Students

 In College Life

When it comes to the ESL classroom, you need the vocabulary to be able to ask basic questions, to make sure you are Classroom Languageconveying your message correctly to your teacher or your other classmates.  Here is some common terminology and examples of usage that are used in the classroom.

Phrases For Asking Questions In The Classroom

Asking For Something

The following are examples of classroom language that you can use when asking for something.

  • May I have a pen, please?
  • Do you have a pen for me?
  • Can I have a pen, please?

Asking About Words

  • How do you say (the word in your language) in English?
  • What’s (the word) in English?
  • How do you spell (the word)?
  • What does (the word) mean?
  • Where’s the stress in (the word)?
  • How do you pronounce (the word)?

Asking To Repeat

  • Could/Can you say that again, please?
  • Could/Can you repeat that please?
  • Pardon me?

Asking For Help

  • Is this right/wrong?
  • Can you help me, please?
  • I don’t understand.


  • Sorry I’m late.
  • Sorry about that.
  • I’m sorry.
  • Excuse me, please.

Saying Hello And Goodbye

  • Have a good weekend / evening / day / time.
  • How are you?
  • Hello / Hi
  • Good morning / afternoon /evening.

Having good manners and speaking up in the classroom can really enhance your overall study abroad experience and help you to learn your new host language faster and easier. By practicing all the time, you will quickly pick up the language and how it is to be spoken.


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