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    Smile English teacher or teacher of English

    Hi teachers

    I'm confused
    One day my friend told me that she said to her teacher that she would like to be an English teacher
    So this teacher answered her :" you will never be an English teacher but a teacher of English"
    P.S:because my friend are not a native speaker

    However
    When my friend asked an American teacher if she could say this(English teacher); she told her it's ok you may

    I'm confused
    What can we call ourselves exactly in the near future
    Of course I'm not a native speaker too

    Please answer me
    Thanks in advance

    I.A

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    Re: English teacher or teacher of English

    Quote Originally Posted by Veron1 View Post
    Hi teachers

    I'm confused
    One day my friend told me that she said to her teacher that she would like to be an English teacher
    So this teacher answered her :" you will never be an English teacher but a teacher of English"
    P.S:because my friend are not a native speaker

    However
    When my friend asked an American teacher if she could say this(English teacher); she told her it's ok you may

    I'm confused
    What can we call ourselves exactly in the near future
    Of course I'm not a native speaker too

    Please answer me
    Thanks in advance

    I.A


    I prefer teacher of English because I`m not a native English speaker, but I have recently discovered that both expressions are correct and interchangeable.

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    Re: English teacher or teacher of English

    An English teacher means either a teacher of English or
    a teacher from England. Stress is different. An English teacher means a teacher of Enlish. An English teacher means a teacher from England.

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    Re: English teacher or teacher of English

    Quote Originally Posted by mochimochi View Post
    An English teacher means either a teacher of English or
    a teacher from England. Stress is different. An English teacher means a teacher of Enlish. An English teacher means a teacher from England.
    Mochimochi is exactly right.

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    Smile Re: English teacher or teacher of English

    Thank you all

    I.A

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