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    A school teacher/a school student?



    It is OK to say a university/college teacher. I do not know if the same applies to someone who teaches at elementary, intermediate, and/or secondary schools. Would you say a school teacher? Is it correct to ask is he a university teacher or school teacher? While we are at it, is it also OK to say a university student and a school student? Or should we say an elementary/intermediate student?

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    Re: A school teacher/a school student?

    It's not normally okay to refer to college and university professors and instructors as "teachers". Lower-level instructors are properly called "teachers", at least in AmE.

    Student is used for all levels, but school student is unnatural. You can say "high-school student", etc.
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    Re: A school teacher/a school student?

    It is more common to refer to a "university teacher" as a lecturer.
    I would say an elementary/intermediate/secondary school student.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: A school teacher/a school student?

    I would use 'professor' for most college teachers, unless they aren't tenure tract, in which case they're often just called instructors.

    At the lower-level junior colleges (also known as community colleges), where tenure frequently doesn't exist, the term 'instructor' is used.
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    Re: A school teacher/a school student?

    Tenure track.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: A school teacher/a school student?

    In British universities. the title of 'professor' is generally reserved for very senior and/or distinguished members of a university department. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academ...United_Kingdom

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    Re: A school teacher/a school student?

    In the UK, schoolteacher (and headteacher) are single words.

    In British schools, children in primary and secondary schools are often called pupils. Students is normally only used for older teenagers in tertiary education (colleges and universities), though there is a certain amount of regional variation.

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    Re: A school teacher/a school student?

    "University teacher" is not unusual in AusE, but not at higher levels. 'Lecturer' is not necessarily right, because many 'tutors' don't actually give lectures. They sit down with students for discussion, and are often Masters or PhD students themselves.

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