Languages › English as a Second Language Ask Questions in English Class to Help You Learn Share Flipboard Email Print Raising a Hand. Klaus Vedfelt / Getty Images English as a Second Language Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated March 03, 2018 Here is a list of some of the most common phrases used for asking questions in the classroom. Learn the phrases and use them often! Asking to Ask a Question Can I ask a question?May I ask a question? Asking for Something Can I have a pen, please?Do you have a pen for me?May I have a pen, please? Asking about Words What's "(the word)" in English?What does "(the word)" mean?How do you spell "(the word)"?How do you use "(the word)" in a sentence?Can you use "(the word or phrase)" in a sentence? Asking about Pronunciation How do you say "(the word in your language)" in English?Can you pronounce "(the word)"?How do you pronounce "(the word)"?Where's the stress in "(the word)"? Asking about Idioms Is there an idiom for "(your explanation)"?Is "(an idiom)" an idioms? Asking to Repeat Could / Can you repeat that, please?Could / can you say that again, please?Pardon me? Apologizing Excuse me, please.I'm sorry.Sorry about that.Sorry I'm late for class. Saying Hello and Goodbye Good morning / afternoon / evening!Hello / HiHow are you?GoodbyeHave a good weekend / day / evening / time! Asking for Opinions What do you think about (topic)?What's your opinion about (topic)? Practice Classroom Dialogues Arriving Late for Class Teacher: Good morning class.Students: Good morning. Teacher: How are you today?Students: Fine. How about you? Teacher: I'm fine, thanks. Where is Hans?Student 1: He's late. I think he missed the bus. Teacher: OK. Thank you for letting me know. Let's get started.Hans (arriving late): Sorry I'm late. Teacher: That's OK. I'm glad you're here!Hans: Thank you. May I ask a question? Teacher: Certainly! Hans: How do you spell "complicated"? Teacher: Complicated is complicated! C - O - M - P - L - I - C - A - T - E - DHans: Could you repeat that, please? Teacher: Of course. C - O - M - P - L - I - C - A - T - E - DHans: Thank you. Understanding Words in Class Teacher: ... please complete page 35 as follow-up to this lesson.Student: Could you say that again, please? Teacher: Sure. Please do page 35 to make sure you understand.Student: Excuse me, please. What does "follow-up" mean? Teacher: "Follow-up" is something you do to repeat or continue something you're working on.Student: Is "follow-up" an idiom? Teacher: No, it's an expression. An idiom is a full sentence expressing an idea.Student: Can you give me an example of an idiom? Teacher: Certainly. "It's raining cats and dogs" is an idiom.Student: Oh, I understand now. Teacher: Great! Are there any other questions?Student 2: Yes. Could you use "follow-up" in a sentence? Teacher: Good question. Let me think ... I'd like to do some follow-up to our discussion last week. Does that make sense?Student 2: Yes, I think I understand. Thank you. Teacher: My pleasure. Asking about a Topic Teacher: Let's talk about the weekend. What did you do this weekend?Student: I went to a concert. Teacher: Oh, interesting! What kind of music did they play?Student: I'm not sure. It was in a bar. It wasn't pop, but it was nice. Teacher: Maybe it was hip-hop?Student: No, I don't think so. There was a piano, drums and a saxophone. Teacher: Oh, was it jazz?Student: Yes, that's it! Teacher: What's your opinion of jazz?Student: I like it, but it's kind of crazy. Teacher: Why do you think that?Student: It didn't have a song. Teacher: I'm not sure what you mean by 'song'. Do you mean that no one was singing?Student: No, but it was crazy, you know, up and down. Teacher: Maybe it didn't have a melody?Student: Yes, I think that's it. What's "melody" mean? Teacher: That's hard. It's the main tune. You can think of the melody as the song you would sing along with the radio.Student: I understand. Where's the stress in "melody"? Teacher: It's on the first syllable. ME - lo - dy.Student: Thank you.