My English classroom

This lesson helps learners understand classroom instructions and rules.

Jo Bertrand

This lesson focuses on the use of classroom instructions, establishing discipline and rules at the beginning of a course and learning vocabulary related to classroom materials. Throughout the year you'll be using classroom language and it's important for children to be introduced to it very early on so that they can understand what you want them to do. In this lesson, learners will practise both listening to and producing instructions with two simple games. Then there is an activity where they will come up with classroom rules and sign their own class contract. Finally learners will review or learn vocabulary related to classroom materials.


  • To introduce classroom instructions
  • To draw up a classroom contract and establish discipline
  • To introduce vocabulary for classroom materials/objects

Age group



CEFR level A1/A2


60 minutes


The lesson plan can be downloaded in PDF format below. In addition, you will need:

  • classroom language flashcards, for example:
  • classroom contract – draw an official-looking border, for example in a scroll shape, on an A3 piece of paper and write 'Classroom contract' at the top, the numbers 1–10 down the side and draw a box at the bottom big enough for a signature from every learner in the class
  • spare pens, glue and scissors
  • A4 card, one per learner
  • small piece of paper, one per learner
  • one example of each classroom material or object you wish to use in Kim's Game (stage 5), e.g. a pencil case, some pens in different colours, a glue stick, some scissors, paper, card, pencil, ruler, eraser, sharpener, crayons, felt tips, calculator, student book, notebook, etc.
  • a cloth or towel
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Submitted by Camilo20 on Thu, 09/07/2023 - 16:00

All the ideas and games are excellent, I have been working with young learners and it’s incredible the way that they learn the classroom instructions, by the way they are useful tool for all the school year

Submitted by Camilo20 on Thu, 09/07/2023 - 05:18

All the activities and games that are included are great and with my experience working with small kids I can tell you that they love them.

Submitted by Irinaglez on Wed, 08/09/2023 - 07:01

Thanks for sharing this lesson. Clear instructions are important, otherwise students may feel frustrated when they don't know what to do.

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