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    Dear, Son, Daughter.

    I got a new job in a school as a spoken English teacher for the little children (4th to 7th standard). Before I was teaching in a private institute where I can use my mother tongue (Malayalam) also, But in the school I can’t use my mother tongue. Can I call my students “Dear” “Son” Daughter” so on?

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    Re: Dear, Son, Daughter.

    Quote Originally Posted by edmondjanet View Post
    I got a new job in a school as a spoken English teacher for the little children (4th to 7th standard). Before I was teaching in a private institute where I can use my mother tongue (Malayalam) also, But in the school I can’t use my mother tongue. Can I call my students “Dear” “Son” Daughter” so on?
    The forms of address that you've suggested are not appropriate. Isn't it customary in India to call children by their given names?
    Last edited by riquecohen; 09-Jun-2011 at 15:18. Reason: spelling typo

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    Re: Dear, Son, Daughter.

    Quote Originally Posted by edmondjanet View Post
    I got a new job in a school as a spoken English teacher for the little children (4th to 7th standard). Before I was teaching in a private institute where I can use my mother tongue (Malayalam) also, But in the school I can’t use my mother tongue. Can I call my students “Dear” “Son” Daughter” so on?
    In Australia you could not call your students any of those terms. You call them by their first names: Tom, Kira, Jai, etc. When you are teaching English, I'd suggest you should don't use those terms, even though their cognate Malayalam terms might be acceptable in your culture for pupils.

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    Re: Dear, Son, Daughter.

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    The forms of address that you've suggested are not appropriate. Isn't it customary in India to call children by their given names?
    In my language I can call my students "Dear" "son" Daughter" and names.
    When I call my students "Dear,Son,Daughter", there is a affection. In my language it is appropriate.
    Thank you.

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