Talk in French in the Classroom


Last Updated: August 31, 2022

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I know that many of you here at Talk in French teach the language for a living. I recently received an email from a future French teacher asking me if I can share some French classroom related vocabulary. At Talk in French, we always like to lend a helping hand, so here it is; I am sharing 111 Essential Phrases for the French classroom that you and your students can use. Use these dans la classe (classroom in French)!

On top of this, this blog post is also useful for anyone taking an exam soon. I have shared a list of very common quiz instructions that you may well face during a test.

French words used in the classroom

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Pour les élèves - Students

Pour les élèvesPupils / Students
J’ai un problèmeI have a problem
Je n’ai pas de…I don't have a...
J’ai besoin d’un/d’uneI need a ...
J’ai oublié…I have forgotten my...
J’ai perdu…I have lost ...
… mon stylo... my pen
… mon crayon... my pencil
… mon book
… mes homework
… ma rè ruler
… mon agenda... my planner
Je ne comprends pasI don't understand
Je comprendsI understand
Je ne sais pasI don't know
Je saisI know
J’ai fini!I have finished
Pouvez-vous répéter?Can you repeat that?
Comment dit-on … en français?How do you say... in French?
Comment dit-on … en anglais?How do you say ... in English?
Je m’excuse d’être en retard.I am sorry I am late.
J'ai finiI've finished
Je n'ai pas finiI have not finished
Je peux emprunter une règle?May I borrow a ruler?
Comment ça s'écrit?How do you spell that?
Qu'est-ce que ça veut dire?What does it mean?
C'est quelle page?What page?
Pouvez-vous m'aider?Can you help me, please?
J'ai un problèmeI have a problem
Je ne me sens pas bienI don't feel well
Est-ce que je peux sortir?Can I go out?
Est-ce que je peux…Can I...
…aller aux toilettes?...go to the toilet?
…emprunter un/une…?...borrow a..?
Je n'ai pas entenduI did not hear

Pour les profs - Teachers

Pour les profsTeachers
On va apprendreWe're going to learn
excellent !excellent!
très bien!very good!
tant pis!too bad
oh là là!oh dear
pas exactementnot exactly
Oui, c'est ça!Yes, that's it.
Levez la mainPut your hand up
Avez-vous fini?Have you finished?
Ne regardez pas!Don't look!
Dépêchez-vous!Hurry up!
Parle un peu plus fortSpeak a bit louder
Parlez moins fortSpeak more quietly
Essaie encore une foisTry another time
Où est ton cahier?Where is your exercise book?
Vous comprenez?Do you understand?
Fermez vos cahiersClose your exercise books
Ouvrez vos cahiersOpen your exercise books
Il y a trop de bruit!There is too much noise!
ça suffit!That's enough!
Ne criez pas les réponses!Don't shout out the answers!
Calmez-vous!Calm down!
Vous pouvez faire mieux!You can do much better!
Tournez-vous!Turn round!
Ne te balance pas sur ta chaise!Don't swing on your chair
Assez bienQuite good
Bon effortGood try
pas malnot bad
Beaucoup mieuxMuch better
taisez-vousBe quiet
levez-vousStand up
En rang et en silenceLine up quietly
EntrezCome in
Sortez vos affairesTake out your equipment/things
Distribuez les livresGive out the books
Asseyez-vousSit down
Prenez vos stylosTake out your pens
Copiez la dateCopy the date
Copiez le titreCopy the title
Je vais faire l’appelI’m going to take the register / attendance
Posez vos stylosPut down your pens
Écoutez-moiListen to me
Regardez le tableauLook at the board
Rangez vos affairesTidy your things away


Remplissez la grilleComplete the table
Mettez dans le bon ordrePut in the correct order
Cochez la bonne réponseTick/cross the correct answer
Remplissez les blancsFill in the blanks
Complétez en françaisComplete in French
Faites correspondre les images et les phrasesMatch up the pictures and the sentences
Faites une liste en françaisMake a list in French
Identifiez les phrases correctes.Identify the correct sentences
Indiquez si les phrases sont vraies (V) ou fausses (F) ou si on ne sait pas (?)Indicate if the sentences are true (V) or false (F) or if you are not told (?)
Lisez le texteRead the text
Lisez les phrases suivantesRead the following sentences
Mettez les illustrations dans le bon ordrePut the illustrations in the right order
NotezMake a note of
Regardez cette publicitéLook at this advert
Remplissez la grille en françaisFill in the grid in French
Répondez aux questions en françaisAnswer the questions in French
Trouvez la bonne réponseFind the correct answer
Utilisez les mots dans la liste ci-dessousUse the words in the list below
Ecoutez l'exempleListen to the example
Lisez l'exempleRead the example
Ecrivez environ cent motsWrite about 100 words
Ecrivez les détails dans le bon ordreWrite the details in the right order
Cochez la caseTick the box

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Frederic Bibard is the founder of Talk in French, a company that helps french learners to practice and improve their french. Macaron addict. Jacques Audiard fan. You can contact him on Instagram

  • Please note, REGISTER in American English is attendance I assume. We would never say this in the US.
    I will take attendance is what we say.

    Thanks for the vocabulary!

  • Great post! Perhaps you could also include a section on phrases related to classroom management (i.e. c’est inapproprié quand tu…, respecter l’espace personnel, regarde devant toi, prenez une position d’écoute, je n’apprécie pas quand tu….., montrez du respect envers…, etc.)

  • Wow, I love it! I just moved at Nouvelle Caledonie avec mon fille (4ans) and hard for her school. And this is so helping me for make school at home by my self

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