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  • (car door opens)

  • Hi, Bob the Canadian here.

  • Welcome to this little English lesson

  • where I'm going to teach you some words and phrases

  • that you'll need to know if you're a student

  • or maybe a parent of a student,

  • or a teacher in a school.

  • Today is actually a holiday here in Ontario, Canada.

  • But I do need to go in to the school today because,

  • there's a few little things I need to get ready,

  • because tomorrow is the first day of school.

  • So, there's your first term in English.

  • The day when school starts each year,

  • is called the first day of school.

  • Why don't you come with me,

  • and we'll do a little English lesson along the way.

  • So, this time of year is actually called

  • back to school time.

  • The days leading up to the first day of school,

  • and even the first couple of days of school,

  • we refer to that time in the year as back to school time.

  • There are a lot of back to school sales right now,

  • when you go to different stores.

  • People do a lot of back to school shopping right now.

  • So, this time in the year

  • is referred to as back to school time.

  • And sometimes people stylize the word back to school

  • by using the number two, instead of the word to.

  • So, you'll often see in different flyers

  • that different stores have back to school sales,

  • and sometimes they use the number two,

  • instead of the word to.

  • But it's definitely back to school time

  • here in Ontario, Canada.

  • (smooth music begins)

  • Well, we're here.

  • Before I go in, though, I do need to put on my mask.

  • Starting tomorrow, teachers on the first day of school,

  • when the students are here,

  • will need to wear a medical-grade disposable mask,

  • but for today, I am allowed to wear a cloth mask.

  • Another big difference this year is that,

  • when you enter the building and throughout the day,

  • you have to use hand sanitizer.

  • So, as I'm entering the building right now,

  • I will sanitize my hands.

  • I'll show you in a little bit,

  • there is hand sanitizer in various places

  • throughout the school.

  • There's hand sanitizer in my classroom as well.

  • The school I work at is a high school.

  • High school students always have a locker

  • where they can keep their things throughout the day.

  • So, this right here is called a locker.

  • Each locker has a lock.

  • This type of lock is called a combination lock.

  • You need to memorize your combination.

  • You need to memorize a series of three numbers

  • so you can open your combination lock.

  • Inside the locker,

  • students have a place where they can keep things

  • like their backpack.

  • A backpack is a bag that most students buy

  • in order to carry their things back and forth to school.

  • Inside the locker, there's usually some hooks,

  • so they can hang their backpack

  • and also they can hang their jacket or coat,

  • once the weather starts to get a little cooler.

  • So, this is my classroom.

  • Some of you have seen this room before,

  • some of you have not.

  • Let's take a minute to look at some English words

  • and phrases that you would need to know

  • if you were a student in a classroom.

  • By the way, because I am the only one in this room.

  • I am allowed to take my mask off now.

  • So, I will be doing the rest of the video safely

  • in my classroom by myself with my mask off.

  • One other thing that's new this year because of COVID,

  • is we have signage throughout the school.

  • Signage is simply a word that we use

  • to refer to various signs that you will see.

  • This one tells you that

  • you need to practice physical distancing,

  • and this one tells you that you need to wear a mask.

  • So, you might be wondering,

  • what does a student all take with them to school each day,

  • if they are in a high school in Ontario, Canada?

  • Well, as I said, they will have their backpack.

  • I mentioned this when we were by the locker,

  • I forgot to mention that they will also have a lunch bag

  • because most students will bring a lunch

  • when they go to school.

  • Some do buy their lunch,

  • but most students actually bring their lunch.

  • In their backpack, they will have a pencil case.

  • Sometimes, they will have what's called a math set.

  • I'll show you what's in here later.

  • They will also most likely have a binder

  • and the binder will have dividers.

  • These are called dividers

  • and it will have lined paper.

  • They will also possibly have a small notebook,

  • although this is rare,

  • but some students still will use a notebook,

  • maybe instead of a binder.

  • And they will most likely have

  • a laptop or notebook computer.

  • We usually call this a laptop,

  • although it could be just called a MacBook

  • since it is an Apple computer,

  • but we would call this a laptop,

  • that would be the most common name, laptop.

  • Some students still refer to it as a notebook computer.

  • So, that... (math set clanking)

  • Just drop my math set, I hope I didn't break anything.

  • That would be everything

  • that a student would carry with them throughout the day.

  • Usually, on the first day of school,

  • students will also receive a textbook

  • for each class they are in

  • and they might receive a workbook for each class they are in.

  • A textbook is a book where students can read

  • and learn new things,

  • and in this math textbook,

  • it gives them work that they need to do,

  • but students do not write in a textbook.

  • A textbook is something that students use to learn things,

  • but they do not write in it.

  • A workbook, on the other hand,

  • is filled with what we would call exercises.

  • A workbook is a book that students might receive in a class

  • and they are allowed to write in it.

  • So, a textbook is a book that you use to learn things,

  • a workbook is a book you are allowed to write in

  • that you use to practice what you have learned.

  • So, you might be wondering

  • what do students keep in their pencil case

  • and what do they keep in their math set?

  • So, let me just talk about a few of the things

  • that they would carry with them every day.

  • In their pencil case,

  • they will, of course, probably have a pencil.

  • Although even if a student has no pencils

  • in their pencil case, we still call it a pencil case.

  • They will most likely have a highlighter.

  • If they are reading a reading from the teacher

  • and there are important parts,

  • and if they are allowed to,

  • they might highlight some of the important sections.

  • So, they will have a highlighter.

  • They will most likely have markers.

  • Even in high school,

  • sometimes it's nice to be able to do things in color.

  • So, they might use markers

  • or what we sometimes call magic markers.

  • They will for sure have a pen or two.

  • And I have to apologize to all of my viewers in France,

  • this is not a Bic pen, it's a Paper Mate pen,

  • but students will definitely have a pen

  • in their pencil case as well.

  • They might have colored pencils or pencil crayons.

  • We usually call these pencil crayons in Canada

  • and what they are, they are pencils,

  • but they come in different colors.

  • And they will most likely have a sharpener

  • or a pencil sharpener,

  • so that if their pencil or if their pencil crayons get dull,

  • they can sharpen it in the pencil sharpener.

  • They might have an eraser in their pencil case.

  • they might also just have an eraser in their math set.

  • So, let's look at this side of the table.

  • They will most likely have a compass in their math set.

  • A compass is something that you use

  • in order to draw perfect circles,

  • when you are in math class, perhaps studying geometry.

  • They will have a protractor.

  • A protractor is what you use to measure degrees

  • when you are measuring angles.

  • So, they will most likely have a protractor

  • in their math set.

  • They might have a ruler in their math set,

  • or they might have a ruler in their pencil case.

  • It really depends.

  • But a ruler is something you use for a couple of things.

  • You use it to draw straight lines.

  • So, if you take your pen or pencil,

  • you can use it to draw a straight line.

  • But we also will use the ruler to measure things.

  • In Canada, our rulers always have

  • basically, inches on one side

  • and centimeters on the other side,

  • because for some reason we still use

  • both systems of measurement.

  • Now, there are other things in the math set.

  • I don't know what these are called.

  • I simply called them triangles.

  • I think that's what most students call them as well.

  • But this is basically what students will carry in their

  • pencil case and in their math set

  • as they go through the school year.

  • So, students would sit in a desk,

  • but the teacher also has a desk

  • and let's look at some of the things you would find

  • on a teacher's desk.

  • So, teachers usually have a few things on their desks

  • to help students with their learning.

  • They usually have a stapler.

  • A stapler is used to staple two pieces of paper together,

  • and it is filled with staples.

  • So, if you need to staple some papers together,

  • you would use a stapler.

  • Teachers usually have some kind of tape on their desk.

  • I don't know why.

  • I just always have two or three different kinds of tape.

  • This is called masking tape

  • and we use it to hang things on the wall.

  • I always have a three-hole punch on my desk

  • so that if students need to put holes in their paper

  • so they can fit it in a binder,

  • they can use the three-hole punch.

  • I also usually have white board markers

  • so that I can write on my white boards.

  • And of course, I also have an eraser

  • so that I can erase my whiteboards.

  • For some reason, teachers have lots of remote controls

  • in their classrooms now.

  • I have a remote control for my TV, for my projector.

  • I actually have speakers

  • and I have a remote control for that as well,

  • and I have an Apple TV.

  • So, I have four remote controls in my classroom.

  • And then, teachers

  • always have a box of Kleenex on their desk.

  • I'm not sure how this is going to work this year with COVID

  • because technically, if you are needing to use a tissue

  • or a Kleenex, as we call it in Canada,

  • you're probably sick and you shouldn't be at school,

  • but in a normal year,

  • we usually have a box of Kleenex

  • or facial tissues on our desk.

  • By the way, some of our classrooms do still

  • have chalkboards in them,

  • and teachers do still use chalk from time to time,

  • but most of our classrooms have whiteboards

  • and we use whiteboard markers.

  • Well, hey, thank you so much

  • for watching this English lesson about schools.

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