Scholarly French Vocabulary

When it’s time for school, students and teachers will be glad to know this French vocabulary.

une école
un écolier / une écolière
  school (in general), grade school
grade school student
un collège
un collégien / une collégienne
  middle school, junior high
middle school student
un lycée
un lycéen / une lycéenne
  high school
high school student
une université
un étudiant / une étudiante
  college, university
college student
un professeur, un/e prof (informal)*   teacher
French school vocabulary
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*In many French-speaking countries, both le professeur and la professeur exist, but in France, the word is always masculine, even when talking about a woman. However, the informal apocope prof, which you might use when talking to friends (not your teacher!), may be masculine or feminine.

un bureau   teacher’s desk
un cahier   notebook
une calculatrice   calculator
un cartable   schoolbag, satchel
une carte   map
une classe
une salle de classe
un classeur   binder
un cours   course
une craie   chalk
un crayon (à papier)   pencil
des devoirs (m)   homework
un dictionnaire   dictionary
un examen   test
une gomme   eraser
un livre   book
un ordinateur
un ordi
le papier
une feuille de papier
recto verso
piece of paper
front and back, both sides
un pupitre   student desk
une règle   ruler
un sac à dos   backpack
un stylo   pen
un stylo-plume   fountain pen
un tableau   chalkboard
un taille-crayon   pencil sharpener
une trousse   pencil case

School verbs (click for conjugations)

assister   to attend
écrire   to write
étudier   to study
faire ses devoirs   to do one’s homework
lire   to read
passer un examen   to take a test
réussir à un examen   to pass a test
taper   to type



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