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    What is an appropriate respons while teacher is calling the roll?

    Hi! I’m a linguist and student learning English. When T calls Ss’ name on the roll call, they usually say “here” or “I’m here”. But some of students say “present” instead of “here”. I can not tell the difference between two responses.

    1. Do Student tend to overly use formal expression “present” for fun or getting the other’s attraction? When I read some a junior novel, one student said “present” while a teacher was calling the roll, and then the rest of class giggled. That’s why I think such a response seem to look too formal in this situation.

    2. Is there other possible responses for teacher’s roll call. I’m just curios about it?I’d like to thank for teachers who always dedicate to student’s responses and students who bring up really good questions.

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    Re: What is an appropriate respons while teacher is calling the roll?

    'Yes'. Maybe a bit curt, but it does the job.

    I've heard of paying schools where students say 'Adsum' (Latin: 'I am present') and when someone is absent his/her peers say abest ('s/he is absent'), but I've never heard this actually used - I've only met it in pre-war (?) fiction about boarding schools.

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    Re: What is an appropriate respons while teacher is calling the roll?

    In the US, the traditional response when a teacher calls roll is "here!" When I was a youngster, some of the nearby parochial (Catholic) schools had shut down and their students were integrated into our classroom. Most of the Catholic school kids answered "present" during roll call which would prompt some jokester (never me, of course ) to call out "president!" when their name was called as a subtle way to mock them.

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    Thanks for your live explanation. It helps me to understand the nuiance of two expressions "here" and "present" during roll call. I guess your students are very lucky. I wish I could go to Michigan to learn English from you. Have a nice day!

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    Re: What is an appropriate respons while teacher is calling the roll?

    Watching Teachers TV last night, I was reminded of another variation: some said 'Here, sir' and others just said 'Sir'.

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    PS ...And, of course, 'Here Miss'/'Miss'. (I don't know whether they say 'Here Ms' nowadays. It's not a dilemma I ever had to grapple with. )

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    Re: What is an appropriate respons while teacher is calling the roll?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Watching Teachers TV last night, I was reminded of another variation: some said 'Here, sir' and others just said 'Sir'.

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    We're a nation of rapscallions, it seems. In any US public school if someone answered roll call with a "sir" or "miss" or "m'am," they would be loudly mocked and hooted at by their classmates ("Teacher's pet!"), and perhaps also be pelted with paper wads.

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    Re: What is an appropriate respons while teacher is calling the roll?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    We're a nation of rapscallions, it seems. In any US public school if someone answered roll call with a "sir" or "miss" or "m'am," they would be loudly mocked and hooted at by their classmates ("Teacher's pet!"), and perhaps also be pelted with paper wads.
    Here the mockers and hooters would be sanctioned in some way (at the teacher's discretion). You lot really are the outside of enough - we should have known when there was all that fuss at Boston!

    (New readers atart here: Boston Tea Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )

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    Re: What is an appropriate respons while teacher is calling the roll?

    Afterthought re the title:

    'Calling the roll' is what happens in the army (at, not surprisingly, 'roll-call'). Not just the army, of course, but often in a miltaristic or legal context. In Br Eng what a teacher does is called 'taking the register' (at "registration").

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