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    How do English native speakers call their teachers or lectures in the class?

    How do English native speakers call their teachers or lectures in the class?

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    Re: How do English native speakers call their teachers or lectures in the class?

    Quote Originally Posted by tulipflower View Post
    How What do English native speakers call their teachers or lecturers in the class?
    See above. There is no universal convention.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: How do English native speakers call their teachers or lectures in the class?

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    How What do English native speakers call their teachers or lecturers in the class?
    I assume you're asking how we address them. It depends on the school, the age of the students, the formality demanded by the faculty and probably other factors.

    At my first and middle schools (age 4-12), all teachers were "Miss/Mrs/Mr + surname".
    At my secondary school (age 12-16), the same was true with the exception of one teacher who insisted on "Sir" and another who insisted on our using his first name only.
    At my sixth form college (age 16-18), almost all the tutors/teachers expected "Miss/Mrs/Mr + surname". My music teacher was happy to be called "Adrian" and one of our English Lit teachers made us call him "Prof" for the first term, then told us it was just a joke he played on all his students and from then on we were to call him by his first name (which I've now forgotten).

    One of my friends went to a very strict Catholic school from the age of 8 to the age of 16, and was taught by nuns. She had to address them as "Sister + name" (some didn't make sense - there was a "Sister Kevin"!)
    The son of someone I know goes to a Montessori school and all the teachers go by their first name only.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How do English native speakers call their teachers or lectures in the class?

    At university, it was mostly first names for me.

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    Re: How do English native speakers call their teachers or lectures in the class?

    When I was at university from 1964-1967, I addressed the dons (Durham was a pretentious place) as Mr/Miss/Mrs/Dr/Professor Surname. They addressed us as Mr/Miss Surname. When I went back for a postgraduate diploma in 1974-5, we were all on first name terms.
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    Re: How do English native speakers call their teachers or lectures in the class?

    Thank you. Yes, I meant the way they address their teachers in university and school.

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    Re: How do English native speakers call their teachers or lectures in the class?

    In my country, Iran, my students at university usually call me 'master' and even 'professor' and young learners usually call me 'teacher + surname'. They usually address lecturers and teachers this way.
    Last edited by tulipflower; 17-Oct-2020 at 05:28.

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    Re: How do English native speakers call their teachers or lectures in the class?

    How do you want to be addressed? Don't you tell them how?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Oct-2020 at 08:57.

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    Re: How do English native speakers call their teachers or lectures in the class?

    No, I haven't told them. I always wondered what they should call me in an English class. In Iran they never use first name to address a teacher or a lecturer. In schools, they usually say 'teacher' and I though it's not a proper way to call their English teacher. Now I found that Ms, Mrs and Mr are the most common ways to call teachers. I also doubt about 'master' that the university students use to address their lectures.

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    Re: How do English native speakers call their teachers or lectures in the class?

    It's also worth knowing that, in general (both in and out of school), Americans are more prone to use first names than the British are. For example, my stepdaughter's first name is Caitie, and her seventh grade students call her Miss Caitie.

    (That's unusual, but it's a good illustration of Ems' remark that there are no rules about what we call teachers and professors.)
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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