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    Hi! guys.

    I'm a non-native English teacher and learner. Sometimes I have trouble using classroom English. So I've got some questions about the classroom English.

    Q1> When teachers have students do some activities, they might say "What I want you to do now is read the article on page 30 on your own" or "I want you to read the article on page 30 on your own."

    I think these two expressions mean the same thing. Is the choice of the expression between them dependent on personal preference? What expression do you like to use in class?

    Q2> If you enter into your classroom to begin class, one of your student
    is sleeping on his desk, how do you say to him?

    If I say "Why do you have your head down? Put your head on your desk. Time for class!"

    Does this sound awkward? because I'm not sure of what I say in English. What I want to know is What expressions do teachers in English speaking countries say by dealing with such a situation.

    Q3> When do you use "jot down"? It seems like there is no difference to
    me between "jot down" and "write down" If different, could you give
    me some examples to understand that?

    Q4> When one studetn asks ohter student what class is going on, how
    does he say?

    What do we have this period? / What do we have this time? / What do
    we have the first period?

    Are they right and frequent expressions in Englsih speking countries? If not, please correct me.

    P.S: I'm sorry I post too many questions at a time but I couldn't help it. It's urgent to me. I hope you guys understand me.

    If you come up with some good and useful expressions used in class, please let me know.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: Questions about the way English teachers say in classroom

    Q1> When teachers have students do some activities, they might say "What I want you to do now is read the article on page 30 on your own" or "I want you to read the article on page 30 on your own."
    They mean the same thing, but have slightly different tones to me. I don't like to start a sentence with "I want", it almost invites an "I don't care what you want" reply. Similarly switching to the imperative "Read the article on page 30" seems too domineering. I would always add a 'please' so as not to cause offense.

    Q2> If you enter into your classroom to begin class, one of your student
    is sleeping on his desk, how do you say to him?

    If I say "Why do you have your head down? Put your head on your desk. Time for class!"
    This isn't so much awkward, as backwards. You want him to take his head off his desk. I would tell him to wake up or to pay attention.

    Q3> When do you use "jot down"? It seems like there is no difference to
    me between "jot down" and "write down" If different, could you give
    me some examples to understand that?
    The difference, in my view, is the amount of care and attention given to the task. To jot down means to take rough notes, giving up precision for speed of writing. You have to write like this because people speak faster than you can write.

    Q4> When one studetn asks ohter student what class is going on, how
    does he say?

    What do we have this period? / What do we have this time? / What do
    we have the first period?
    They may say those. There are a lot of other ways of saying it too.

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    Re: Questions about the way English teachers say in classroom

    Your answers definitely help me. I can't thank you enough!

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    Re: Questions about the way English teachers say in classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Eureka View Post
    Hi! guys.

    I'm a non-native English teacher and learner. Sometimes I have trouble using classroom English. So I've got some questions about the classroom English.

    Q1> When teachers have students do some activities, they might say "What I want you to do now is read the article on page 30 on your own" or "I want you to read the article on page 30 on your own."

    I think these two expressions mean the same thing. Is the choice of the expression between them dependent on personal preference? What expression do you like to use in class? They mean the same thing. Both are fine.

    Q2> If you enter into your classroom to begin class, one of your student
    is sleeping on his desk, how do you say to him?

    If I say "Why do you have your head down? Put your head on your desk. Time for class!"

    Does this sound awkward? because I'm not sure of what I say in English. What I want to know is What expressions do teachers in English speaking countries say by dealing with such a situation. It's contradictory. Do you want the student to sit up or put her head on the desk?

    Q3> When do you use "jot down"? It seems like there is no difference to
    me between "jot down" and "write down" If different, could you give
    me some examples to understand that? Jotting is fast. Writing is careful.

    Q4> When one studetn asks ohter student what class is going on, how
    does he say? I'm not sure I get the meaning. Maybe:

    "What class are you going to?"
    "What went on in class?"
    "What's going on in class?"

    What do we have this period? / What do we have this time? / What do
    we have the first period?

    "What do we have this period?"
    "What do we have first period?"

    Are they right and frequent expressions in Englsih speking countries? If not, please correct me.

    P.S: I'm sorry I post too many questions at a time but I couldn't help it. It's urgent to me. I hope you guys understand me.

    If you come up with some good and useful expressions used in class, please let me know.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    You're welcome!

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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    Re: Questions about the way English teachers say in classroom

    Quote Originally Posted by thod00 View Post
    They mean the same thing, but have slightly different tones to me. I don't like to start a sentence with "I want", it almost invites an "I don't care what you want" reply. Similarly switching to the imperative "Read the article on page 30" seems too domineering. I would always add a 'please' so as not to cause offense.
    But some learners might find the first a bit more difficult to understand. How about I would like... or Could you...?

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