- For Teachers
In Korea, it is rude to call teachers' name during class, so we just say "teacher". (Actually, the Korean word meaning "teacher" has some respectability.) However, in English speaking countries, it seems quite common that students say just Ms. or Mr + name when they call a teacher. What if I say "teachher" instead of "Ms. or Mr + name" in class?
Is it rude or does it sound strange?
I guess most ESL teachers can understand their studets made a mistake from culture difference. But if you have English speaking students, how do you feel when your students say "teacher" instead of "Ms. or Mr.".? I'm just curious.
Thanks in advance.
I remember in an old movie, The Blackboard Jungle, some 'inhabitants of the jungle' called their teacher 'Teach'. But it sounded like they were doing it out of disrespect.
In the US, it's common for very young students (kindergarten, first grade) to address their instructor simply as "Teacher." But by the end of first grade they're expected to call the teacher by name (Mr. Smith, Ms. Jackson, etc.) If a teacher has a particularly long surname, they might allow students to shorten it in some way; that is, Mrs. Wojadubakowski might encourage her students to call her "Mrs. W."
Addressing a teacher as "Teach" is pretty impudent, but I can imagine that in this day and age there are some instructors who would find "Teach" a welcome alternative to "Butthead" or some other sobriquets your Blackboard Jungle-type of kids would use.