7 Teacher language: advanced classroom language
The following worksheet is suitable for more advanced learners. It focuses on word formation.
The exercises below are for introducing, reviewing or reinforcing commonly used classroom language. Depending on the level and ability of the students, a teacher may ask students to listen and write down the rules and commands (imperatives) they hear. I have also used these exercises for teaching teachers who use two languages in the classroom and who generally use their native language for technical subjects such as science and medical technology but like to occasionally communicate in English. This helps familiarize the students with classroom communication in English.
Classroom language: rules & commands
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Below is another exercise for expanding the range of ESL students’ or teachers’ vocabulary. These are a collection of common imperatives used in the classroom.
The elementary exercise focuses on classroom requests.
Students match the classroom classroom objects to the appropriate pictures. If they are good enough, they can try to make sentences using the words. Then they complete the gap fill exercise with the appropriate words.
Students match the classroom expressions and language to the appropriate pictures.
The exercise below is for helping students to understand and explore classroom language and expressions. Classroom language can often be confusing due to the various ways of using phrasal and two-part verbs. It is often surprising how far students advance without fully understanding classroom language. I have also used this exercise for teaching teachers who use two languages in the classroom and who generally use their native language for technical subjects such as science and medical technology but like to give instructions and directions in English.