This article is for all schoolkids of the past, present and future. Read it to boost your school building, subject and stationary vocabulary…

“We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.”

Carol Burnett, an American actress, comedian, singer and writer

There are different school systems in the world. The subjects differ as well as the approaches to teaching and learning. However, there are many common features which nearly all schools share. At least, when we talk about the building and its layout, it seems there are more similarities than differences. So, let’s start with it!



In order to avoid confusion, let’s get a few things straight:

  • A guidance office is the office where a guidance counselor works (note that counselor is the American spelling; the British one is counsellor). In this context guidance is advice or assistance given to students by educational counselors.
  • A language lab (laboratory) is a classroom equipped with tape recorders or computers where people can practice listening to and speaking foreign languages.
  • A lunchroom monitor is responsible for monitoring student behavior during meal service. The monitor assists with the cleanliness of the cafeteria, recycling, and the flow of meal service.
  • A driver’s ed /ˌiː ˈdiː/  instructor (driver education instructor) is a driving instructor, who is responsible for teaching students the rules of the road and the safe way to drive a car.
  • A custodian (janitor) (American English) or a caretaker (British English) is a person employed to take care of a school building, and deal with the cleaning, repairs etc.

Now, do the vocabulary test below:


Choose the correct word to complete the sentences…


School subjects may vary from country to country. But there are some common ones. Here is our selection:


  1. Mathematics / math (American English) / maths (British English)
  2. English
  3. History
  4. Geography
  5. Law
  6. Science (= natural science)
  7. Biology
  8. Chemistry
  9. Physics
  10. Health
  11. Computer science
  12. Spanish
  13. French
  14. Home economics (cooking and other aspects of household management)
  15. Industrial arts (fabrication of objects in wood or metal using a variety of hand, power, or machine tools)
  16. Business education
  17. Physical education / PE
  18. Driver’s education / driver’s ed
  19. Art
  20. Music

And now, please do the test on the school subjects above:


Choose the correct subject to complete the descriptions…


This final section of the article is about little things which make study and work so much easier. These little things are stationery goods:


  1. Desk
  2. Stapler
  3. Letter tray
  4. Rotary card file (between 3 and 7)
  5. Desk pad
  6. Appointment book
  7. Clipboard
  8. Note pad / memo pad
  9. Pencil sharpener
  10. Desk calendar
  11. Post-it note pad
  12. Personal planner / personal organizer
  13. Rubber band
  14. Paper clip
  15. Staple
  16. Thumb tack (American English) / drawing pin (British English)
  17. Push pin
  18. Legal pad
  19. File folder
  20. Index card
  21. Envelope
  22. Stationary paper
  23. Mailer
  24. Mailing label clear tape
  25. Typewriter cartridge
  26. Ink cartridge
  27. Rubber stamp
  28. Ink pad
  29. Glue stick
  30. Glue
  31. Rubber cement
  32. Correction fluid
  33. Sellotape / sticky tape (British English) / Scotch tape (American English)
  34. Packing / sealing tape

Now, test your stationary vocabulary knowledge:


Choose the right word to complete the sentences…



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