Classroom language for Zoom lessons activities

Give instructions to your teacher from below like “Alex, can you try to turn off your video?”:

General starters to instructions

  • (Name) can you (try to)…?
  • (Name) do you know how to…?
  • (Name) (please)…

Actions in the main Zoom app

  • change your name (to…) (by clicking on your name and…)
  • click on the “share screen” button/ share a (blank/…) document/ share your screen/ share…
  • (left/ right/ double) click on the… symbol/ on the… button/ on…
  • (click on “reactions” and) click on the clapping symbol/ give a thumbs up (if…)
  • click on (…) settings and…
  • move your cursor to… and…/ hover over… and you will see…
  • mute your voice/ press “mute”/ turn off your microphone – unmute your voice/ press “mute” again/ turn on your mic
  • open the whiteboard (from the share button/ by clicking on “share screen”) – close the. whiteboard
  • (leave and) re-join the meeting (as soon as possible/ in two minutes/…)
  • turn off your video – turn on your video

Actions in the chat box

  • click on the “chat” button and…
  • write (…) in the chat box/ leave a comment in the chat box/ say… in the chat box
  • copy and paste… in the chat box
  • (left/ double) click on the (top) document that is in the chat box (and…)/ open the file (called…) that’s in the chat box (and…)
  • share a document in the chat box/ click on the “file” button in chat and…

Ask about any instructions above which you don’t understand, couldn’t see what your teacher was doing, can’t remember what your teacher did, etc. Follow your teacher’s instructions, then give instructions to classmates from above and follow the instructions that the other students give you.

Useful language for doing the activity

“What should I do?”/ “What do you want me to do?”

“Sorry, can you say that again (more slowly)?”

“Sorry, did you say… (or…)?”

“Sorry, I don’t know how to…”/ “Sorry, I don’t remember…”

“Sorry, I can’t see the… button/ function/…”

“Sorry, where can I/ where should I…?”

(“Can you see…?/ If you look…) ”“You need to…”

“Okay, I’ve tried to. Was that the right thing?/ Can you see that?/ Did that change?”

“Actually, I said…”/ “Actually, what I meant was…”/ “Actually, you need to…”

“Just a moment. Okay, I think I’ve done it”

Ask about anything that isn’t 100% clear, then do an action from above and see if your partner can say what you did with phrases like “I think that you ..ed (…)”

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Do the same activities with your teacher and/ or classmates after someone presses “Share screen” with instructions like those below:

Instructions for Zoom on the whiteboard and when sharing documents

Getting started/ First actions

  • click on the “share screen” button/ share a (blank/ Word/…) document/ share… (and…)
  • (move your cursor to the top of the screen and click on the options button then) click on the whiteboard/ annotate/ comment button and…
  • …click on “text”/ “draw”/ “stamp”/ “arrow/ spotlight”/ “eraser”/ “format”/ “undo”/ “re-do”/ “clear” (and…)

More specific actions

Formatting

  • choose a font size of… (by…)
  • choose a thick/ thin/ thicker/ thinner line (by…)
  • choose white/ red/ yellow/ (light/ dark) blue/ purple/ pink/ orange/ green/ black/ brown (and…)

Drawing and writing

  • draw a (straight/ horizontal/ vertical/ diagonal/ curved/ squiggly/ thin/ thick/ red/…) line
  • draw a (solid/ empty/ shaded) square/ rectangle/ circle/ egg-shape/ oval (with the drawing shapes function/ freehand)
  • draw a triangle (from three straight lines/ with the pen function/ freehand)
  • draw an arrow pointing at…/ put an arrow pointing at…/ point at… (with an arrow)
  • put a(n) (arrow/ heart/ tick/ check/ cross/ X/ star/ question mark) stamp…
  • underline…(by drawing a line…)
  • connect… and…/ draw… from… to…
  • write (in a text box) (on…)/ open a text box and…

Positions

  • … at the bottom (of…)
  • … at the top (of…)
  • … below/ under…
  • … in the middle (of…)
  • … in the top right corner
  • … next to…
  • … on top of…

Ending

  • undo/ go back
  • erase the last thing that you wrote/ drew
  • erase everything (that everyone…/ that you…)
  • (save your whiteboard and) stop sharing/ end sharing (your document/…)/ close the shared screen/ close the shared document/ close the whiteboard (that you opened/ shared)

 Actions in a breakout room

  • press the help button
  • leave the breakout room (and re-join the main meeting)

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