School

Scholarly French Vocabulary

French school vocabulary
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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 / une professeure
un/e prof  (informal)*
  teacher

 * Until 1999, France had only le professeur regardless of the gender of the teacher. However, other Francophone countries had the feminine form long before that, and the informal apocope, which you might use when talking to friends (not your teacher!), could always be masculine or feminine.

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

School verbs (click for conjugations)

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

Expressions

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