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Q: How do your students address you?

My 14 yrs old came home and referred to one of his teachers by their first name.

We always addressed a teacher as Sir/Miss or Mr...../Mrs.....

We had some respect for our teachers and would never contemplate anything else in fear of reprisals

How do your students address you ?

7 years 15 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
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Sir / Obe-One / Your Majesty, or if i'm really feeling generous, King Oonbock Wahaha.

 

Yeh, they call me 'teacher'.

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I teach adults so we use first names, I teach English so I teach in the English tradition (of teaching adults that is). It was one of the first lessons we did on the CELTA course, first names always.

 

However, if I ever do have to teach younger adults or children I will probably settle for teacher.

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I prefer "He whose name shall not be spoken"

 

Of course, that could explain why I am not a teacher.

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I use first name only because it is easier for the students.  My first name is 1 syllable, the whole shebang is 4.

 

When I was a student, I remember getting quite a dirty look the 1 time I jokingly called a teacher by his first name.

 

When I first arrived, I tried to do Mr ____  but that was too much for the kids.  I persisted for about 3 weeks, and finally gave up.  I would prefer Mr ____, but these days I'm happy they speak English whatsoever.  

 

Also, all the other teachers go by first name, even my boss, so I'll just go with the flow.

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I am called "Mr. (My Name)" by students and fellow teachers.  For them, my last name is unpronounceable.  How it got started, I dont know, but from the start that is how I have been addressed.

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Yep. It's usually Mr. followed by first name. My last name is unpronounceable, even to the majority of English speaking folks. I would dread the Chinese version.

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no why

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They called me teacher. That was fine with me.

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Teacher or my last name considered my first name is quite difficult for them to pronounce...

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"Derek" and on the odd occasion, "Teacher".

I make it clear on Day 1 that Mr. " " is not my name. I may rethink that in the future. 

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most of them say teacher, but some adults by my first name, but if you are teaching high school kids and they call you by your first name i dont think its a big problem,

they seem to behave differently when learning english they are more relaxed and having fun so i wouldnt force them to call me teacher i always tell them my name on the first day

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"Teacher" is pretty much the standard, on the rare occasion they use it. The don't use it often since its a small class, so I can see much of everything that goes on. Doesn't take more than a raised hand or a puzzled look in my direction to get my attention most times.

 

Although I have introduced myself a handful of times (without mentioning how to address me just to see what route they take), they seem more comfortable with just saying "Teacher" than names.

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Adults, I try to get them to call me by my name - but my name has three syllables, so they find that weird and difficult and they resist the idea at first. 

 

With kids - teeeechaaaaaa!

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if i had students and i was a teacher....i bet on my life they would have called me AI SHI LI.........Cause me name is Ashley

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(name) or Teacher, or Teacher (name).

 

No time for the 'hey man' students.

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I'm a young guy so I really don't mind if people address me by my first name. It's incredibly unsettling when some of them address me as "dear teacher".

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They refer to the older Australian guy as "Dingo" even though he thinks it's insulting and has told them many times not to call him that.

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