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.

school (in general), grade school
grade school student
 une √©cole
un écolier / une écolière
middle school, junior high
middle school student
 un coll√®ge
un collégien / une collégienne
high school
high school student
 un lyc√©e
un lycéen / une lycéenne
college, university
college student
 une universit√©
un étudiant / une étudiante
teacher un professeur / une professeure
un/e prof

 * 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 to your teacher!), could always be masculine or feminine.

backpack un sac √† dos
binder un classeur
book un livre
calculator une calculatrice
chalk une craie
chalkboard un tableau
class une classe
classroom une salle de classe
 un ordinateur
un ordi
un portable
une tablette
course un cours
desk(student) un pupitre
 (teacher) un bureau
dictionary un dictionnaire
distance learning apprentissage (m) √† distance
earbuds des √©couteurs
eraser une gomme
headphones des √©couteurs
homeschooling enseignement (m) √† la maison
homework des devoirs (m)
map une carte
meeting la r√©union
microphone le microphone
notebook un cahier
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 (√† papier)
pencil sharpener un taille-crayon
pencil case une trousse
ruler une r√®gle
schoolbag, satchel un cartable
speakers les haut-parleurs
test un examen

School verbs

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to attend assister
to do one’s homework faire ses devoirs
to pass a test r√©ussir √† un examen
to read lire
to study √©tudier
to take a test passer un examen
to type taper
to write √©crire



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