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  • Hi. Welcome again to www.engvid.com. I'm Adam. Today's lesson comes as a request, because

  • I know that there are actually quite a few of you who are teachers of English, and you

  • wanted to know some classroom English. So, today, we're going to look at classroom English.

  • This is more for beginners, especially people who have just joined an English class, an

  • ESL class, EFL class, etc. and you're starting to get used to the classroom environment,

  • and you're not exactly sure what the teacher is saying, what you should say, etc.

  • We're going to start with the teachers. What do teachers say that you need to understand?

  • Okay? [Clears throat] Excuse me. First, the teacher will take attendance, or the teacher

  • will take roll call. Sorry, these are two separate words, "roll call". Basically, they

  • want to know who is here and who is not here. Okay? So, if a student is in the class, he

  • or she is present. So, if the teacher says: -"Bill?" -"Present." -"Mary?" -"Present."

  • -"Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?" Bueller is absent. He or she is not in the class. So, "absent",

  • not here. "Present", here.

  • If the teacher has finished with attendance and starts to teach the class, and a student

  • comes in then, that student is late. And they get a little check. Too many lates, you get

  • into trouble. Now, you could be absent, but you can have an excused absent, means that

  • you have a note from your parents, from your doctor, from your boss, or the teacher just

  • knows that you're not coming today and it's okay; it's excused.

  • Now, the teacher will give you commands. He or she will tell you to do things. Okay? So,

  • it's very important that you understand what to do. If a teacher says: "Put up your hand",

  • or: "Raise your hand to ask a question, to make a comment, to ask to go to the bathroom",

  • put up your hand. Raise your hand. Don't speak out. Because if everybody speaks out, it's

  • just noise. Put up your hand, ask your question, get your answer. Okay?

  • Then, the teacher will ask you: "Take out your notebooks. Take out your pens. Take out

  • your earphones." Basically, get them ready, we are going to use them. Okay.

  • "Take your seats." Basically means sit down, sit. Okay? So, he's trying to get organized,

  • or she is trying to get organized.

  • Next, they'll say: "Take out your book. Turn to page 37." Means open your book, page 37,

  • let's start reading, working, etc.

  • Now, if the teacher wants you to do things, but not alone. For example, if you're doing

  • math, yeah, you do it alone no problem. If you're doing ESL, the teacher will want you

  • to work in pairs. It means two people together, so you can speak. "Work in groups", means

  • get into a few people together; three, four, five.

  • If he wants a specific number, he will say: "Get into groups of", or: "Work in groups

  • of three." So, you find your two friends, three sit together, do the exercise.

  • Now, if the teacher... As everybody's talking, the teacher wants everybody be quiet and listen

  • to one student, he will say or she will say: "Please pay attention to Jack. Jack is going

  • to speak. Everybody, please pay attention to Jack." Or if you're doing exercise, if

  • the teacher wants you to be careful about one word or one grammar structure: "Pay attention

  • to the independent clause." Means be very focused, be aware. Okay?

  • So, these are the basic things you need to know what... That your teacher will say. Now,

  • you're the student, you have questions or you don't understand something, what are you

  • going to say or what are you going to ask? Let's see.

  • Okay, so now, you're the student and, you know, sometimes you don't understand everything

  • the teacher says. So, there are things you can say or ask from the teacher, of course, to help you.

  • If you didn't hear something, what will you say? You could say: "I didn't catch the last part."

  • Now, if you say: "I didn't hear", and I'm the teacher, I have been speaking for

  • 10 minutes, and you say: "I didn't hear." I'll say: "What? Everything? 10 minutes?"

  • I can't say again. So, "I didn't hear", or: "I didn't catch the last part." So, I will

  • go back and say again the last part, or: "I didn't hear the part about what to ask." Or:

  • "I didn't hear the part about independent clauses", or whatever the lesson is about.

  • So, be specific. Tell the teacher which part you didn't hear. He or she will say it again.

  • Or you can just say: "Could you repeat that please?" Repeat, say again. If you didn't

  • hear: "Could you repeat that please? Could you say that again?" But again, say which

  • part. Be specific.

  • Or: "I didn't hear/catch what you said after here." So, tell the teacher you heard everything

  • until here, and from here, you didn't hear, you didn't catch. "Catch" means hear or understand. Okay?

  • And if you're having a lot of trouble, ask a teacher: "Can you please speak more slowly?"

  • And the teacher will slow down, and it will be much easier for you to understand.

  • Okay, now, if you are learning something... And again, we're learning English and you're

  • not familiar with what the teacher says... It's something new or you don't really know

  • what it is, first of all, make sure you know how to spell the word. If it's a new word,

  • ask the teacher: "How do you spell that?" And the teacher will say: "S-p-e-l-l." Spell.

  • Okay? "How do you spell that?" Now, if you don't know the meaning of the word and the

  • teacher just continues speaking, put up your hand, say: "I'm sorry. What does this word

  • mean?" And the teacher will explain to you.

  • Now, if you're learning in another country, you're learning EFL, English as a foreign

  • language, you can say: "How do you say this word in your language?" If you're learning

  • in Japan: "How do you say 'spell' in Japanese?", "How do you say 'spell' in Spanish?", "How

  • do you say 'spell'" in any language? And: "What is this word in Japanese?", "What is

  • 'spell' in Japanese?" So, these two basically mean the same thing.

  • By the way, these marks means same as what was above, just so you know. What is the word

  • in your language? If you're learning outside. If you're learning in Canada, for example,

  • and you say: "How do you say this word in Spanish?" I don't know. I don't actually speak

  • Spanish. I wish I spoke Spanish. I will learn one day, but for now, I don't. So, you have

  • to be careful. Okay.

  • Finally, if you need a bit more information, you want the teacher to explain a little bit

  • more, maybe you understand or you heard, but you're not really sure. So, you can always

  • ask for more specifics. "Can you use this word in a sentence?" So, for example, you

  • heard the word, you understand the word, but you're not sure how it would fit in a sentence,

  • how to use it. Ask. "Can you use...?" Like, for the teacher: "Can you please use this

  • word in a sentence so I can see how it works?" Or: "Can you give me", or: "Can you give us",

  • the class, "an example of this?" Okay?

  • So, for example, the teacher taught you about some new technology. You understand, but you

  • want to see in real life what this means. So, you want examples of things that use this

  • technology, so you ask.

  • Now, this is everything you need to know, teachers, students entering the classroom,

  • but the most important thing you need to remember: if you don't understand something, ask. There's

  • no such thing as a bad question or a stupid question, or you're not sure about. If you're

  • not sure, ask. The teacher will be happy to tell you the answer. He or she will be happy

  • to repeat a few times until you understand. I'm sure that other... Your classmates, other

  • people in the class, they also have questions, but they are too shy to ask. You ask. You

  • get the answer, you move on. Okay?

  • Go to www.engvid.com. If you have any questions for me, write them in the comments box. I

  • will answer them. Do the quiz, make sure you understand everything.

  • And come back again to www.engvid.com. Bye.

Hi. Welcome again to www.engvid.com. I'm Adam. Today's lesson comes as a request, because

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