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    Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, we generally don't address a teacher as "Teacher" or as "Ms".
    In AmE, "Teacher" is acceptable for a teacher. I changed "Ms." because that really doesn't work.

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    Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

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    It is common in British schools to address female teachers as 'Miss'.

    The use of surnames among pupils is becoming less common, but still exists in some schools.
    I often call my students by their surnames, if only because I'm an absent-minded fellow and often I only recall that part of their names.

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    Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In AmE, "Teacher" is acceptable for a teacher. I changed "Ms." because that really doesn't work.
    I do not recall ever being called "Teacher" in the US. It was always "Mr.", followed by my surname. Many years ago, I had a wonderful high school English teacher who possessed a doctorate. On the first day of class, she asked us to call her Mrs. (Surname) rather than Dr. (Surname), because "the MRS was more difficult to obtain than the Ph.D."

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    Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    English teacher

    Your name is Nick Smith, isn't it?
    Yes, sir.

    Would you use "sir" when addressing a male teacher?
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    Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

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    English teacher

    Your name is Nick Smith, isn't it?
    Yes, sir.

    Would you use "sir" when addressing a male teacher?
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    In some schools, yes. I have never been in that position though. I always knew the surname of all my teachers so I always referred to them as "Miss/Mrs/Mr + Surname". At my sixth form college, we addressed our teachers by their first names.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    I would, yes.

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    Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In some schools, yes. I have never been in that position though. I always knew the surname of all my teachers so I always referred to them as "Miss/Mrs/Mr + Surname". At my sixth form college, we addressed our teachers by their first names.
    I am reminded of a rather starchy colleague of mine who went to teach in one of 'these new-fangled' sixth form colleges. He told me that the first words of his first class were:

    Teacher: Good morning. My name's Postule. I shall be spending the next three terms working with you on [...].
    Student: What's your first name?
    Teacher: Mister!

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    Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I am reminded of a rather starchy colleague of mine who went to teach in one of 'these new-fangled' sixth form colleges. He told me that the first words of his first class were:

    Teacher: Good morning. My name's Postule. I shall be spending the next three terms working with you on [...].
    Student: What's your first name?
    Teacher: Mister!
    Wow, I bet those three terms dragged!
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    Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    I confess I am always a little taken aback for a moment when I hear a student referring to a teacher by his or her first name. However, we certainly don't use "Miss" or "Sir" in a public school.

    Younger students might refer to a substitute teacher (whose name they have forgotten) as "Teacher" though usually the sub will write his/her name on the board.

    Older children who need to address the substitute teacher will probably say something like "Excuse me, Mr... uh... Mr..." and the teacher will helpfully supply his name, rather than saying "Excuse me, teacher."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Miss when addressing a teacher? / Name or last name?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I confess I am always a little taken aback for a moment when I hear a student referring to a teacher by his or her first name. However, we certainly don't use "Miss" or "Sir" in a public school.
    For info for everyone, a "public school" in BrE is what you would expect to be called a "private school". It is a school where you have to pay a fee to attend. Free schools are called "state schools".
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