Drawing Students' Attention


Unit 2


Drawing Students’ Attention













                            “Pay attention, please! Let’s start our lesson today.”



Practice the conversation!


Mrs. Susan   : Pay attention, please! Let’s start our lesson today.

                       Would you help me clean the board.

    Students   : Sure, Madam.

Mrs. Susan   : Look at the board, please.

    Students    : Yes, Madam.

Mrs. Susan   : Here is the task you must do in groups.

           Any questions?

    Students   : No, that’s clear, Madam.

Mrs. Susan   : Bimo, don’t look out of the window

          Bimo    : Sorry, Madam

Mrs. Susan   : Please make groups of four desks facing each other.

    Students   : Okay, we will make a group.

Mrs. Susan   : I give you thirty minutes to finish the task.




Here are some optional expressions based on the conversation above.

1   Would you             clean the board?

                        sweep the floor?

                        Sit down?

                        Stand up?

                                    Do the task in group?


2    Here is the task you must do in groups.

Here is the exercise to be done in groups.

Do this in groups.

Do the task in group.

Do the exercise 5 in groups of four.

Don’t forget to do the task in groups.

Remember to do the task in groups.


3    That’s clear Madam.

That’s enough.

I think, it’s understandable.

That’s clear enough.

Question teacher.

I’m still confused. Repeat please.


4    Please make groups of four desks facing each other

Make groups of four.

Move your desks into groups of four students.

Make a circle with your desks.

Make a line of desks facing each other.

Sit back to back.

Work in groups of three/four/five.


5     I give you thirty minutes to finish the task.

Time is thirty minutes to do the task.

You have few minutes to finish the task.

Don’t waste the time. It’s only thirty minutes.

Finish your work in thirty minutes.

Do the task not more than thirty minutes.



Here are some more language expressions we can use in the classroom!

Making instruction

Here are some common instructions which the class can easily understand.

Come in!

Go out!

Stand up!

Sit down!

Come to the front of the class.

Stand by your desks.

Put your hands up.

Put your hands down.

Show me your pencil.


Managing classroom

Here are some phrases that can be used for classroom management:

Make groups of four.

Move your desks into groups of four students.

Turn your desks around.

Make a horseshoe shape with your desks.

Make a line of desks facing each other.

Make groups of four desks facing each other.

Sit back to back.

Work together with your friend.

Find a partner.

Work in pairs/threes/fours/fives.

Work in groups of three/four/five.

I want you to form groups.

Form groups of three.


Drawing students’ attention

Pay attention, please.

Be quiet and pay attention.

Attention, please.

Tina, listen and pay attention to my explanation.

Tina, Marry and Sarah, pay attention, please.

Pay attention to Tom.

Tina, pay attention to Tom.

Tina  and Sarah stop talking and pay attention.

Everybody, look at the board and pay attention.


Asking students to pay more attention

Everybody, look over here.

Look at me.

Could I have your attention please.

Try to concentrate now.

Don’t look out of the window.

Face the front.

Could you pay attention for a moment please?

Eyes to the front, please.

Don’t sit there daydreaming. 

Everyone look at the whiteboard.

Let’s look at the picture on the whiteboard.



D   LANGUAGE FOCUS: Wh-Questions

There are some Wh-questions (what, where, when, who, which, how, why , and whose ) that the teacher can use to ask questions to students. Look at the following examples.


1.      What is, mostly, used to ask something or activities people do.

-         What do you read?                                    (I read English book)

-         What is that?                                             (That is a camera)

-         What does your father do?                       (My father is a lawyer)


2.      Where is used to ask about location or position.

-         Where do you live?                                   (I live in Jakarta)

-         Where is your book?                                 (My book is in my bag)

-         Where are the children?                            (They are in the park)


3.      When is used to ask about time.

-         When does the class begin?                      (The class begins at 7)

-         When is the break?                                   (The break is at 10 o’clock)

-         When is the final semester?                      (it is in the middle of June.)


4.      Who is used to ask someone either as subject or object.

-         Who teaches us English?                          (Mr. Robert does.)

-         Who can answer the question?                 (I can, Sir.)

-         Who do you work together with?             (I work together with Joni)


5.      Which is used to ask about choice between two items or among many items.

-         Which book so you like?                           (I like the red one.)

-         Which number will you answer?               (I’ll answer number 4.)

-         Which pen is yours?                                  (the black one is mine)           


6.      How   is used   to ask about condition/situation or the way something done.

-         How are you?                                            (I’m fine, thanks,)

-         How do you go to school?                                    (by bicycle)

-         How do we do the assignment?                (by working in groups.)



7.      Why is used to ask about reason.

-         Why are you late?                                     (Because I got flat tire, Madam.)

-         Why don’t do you do homework?             (Because I was sick last   night, Sir.)

-         Why are you sad?                                      (Because my friend is sick.)


8.      Whose is used to ask possession.

-         Whose pen is it?                                        (It’s mine.)

-         Whose book is that?                                  (That is Mr. Tomi’s book.

-         Whose bag is it?                                        (It’s my sister’s bag.)



Featured Articles:




Unit 1       Starting the Lesson

Unit 2       Drawing Students’ Attention

Unit 3       Checking Students’ Understanding

Unit 4       Asking to the Board

Unit 5       Giving Homework

Unit 6       Giving Command

Unit 7       Concluding the Lesson

Unit 8       Making Questions

Unit 9        Asking and Giving Opinions

Unit 10    Checking Homework

Unit 11    Clarifying Students’ Comment

Unit 12    Saying Goodbye

Appendix    Language Functions



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