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 école
un écolier / une écolière
middle school, junior high
middle school student
  un collège
un collégien / une collégienne
high school
high school student
  un lycée
un lycéen / une lycéenne
college, university
college student
  une université
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 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
  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) à distance
earbuds   des écouteurs
eraser   une gomme
headphones   des écouteurs
homeschooling   enseignement (m) à la maison
homework   des devoirs (m)
map   une carte
meeting   la réunion
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 (à papier)
pencil sharpener   un taille-crayon
pencil case   une trousse
ruler   une règle
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   réussir à un examen
to read   lire
to study   étudier
to take a test   passer un examen
to type   taper
to write   écrire



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