Tuesday, April 1, 2008

ESL Classes: How do you address your teacher?

How do students in college or at a university address or call their teachers in your area or country? Do people say something like "teacher" or "Mr. Smith", or can people call their teachers by their first name? How would you describe the student-teacher relationship? Do teachers encourage you to visit their offices and discuss their homework or problems? Please share your ideas.

Randall

11 comments:

  1. Well, at the first of the course I used to adress my teacher by calling him teacher. This created a kind of separation between us. Lately I have been adressing him by using his name, Hampar, my friend.

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  2. In my country,Iran,relationship between teachers and students are really formal.Students never call their teachers by first name.In college, they have to stand up when a professor come to class.To enter a class,first professors pass through a door and then students are allowed to enter.learners are expected not to talk or eat during class hours.Students need to ask teachers if they want to go out.If they are not allowed, Students must stay inside.In my country, people respect teachers a lot, so they are very powerful.

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  3. hi every body
    i'm nasser mubarak from yemen

    i just read the topic and i think the relation between teacher and student will be better if they can make frinedship , student will be free when they want descuss some thing wiht thier teacher and they will love him
    also the teacher can give him advices by short and easy ways

    it think the topic title can be " learning with better way "

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  4. In Japan, students call their teachers 'Sensei', which means not only teachers but also doctors, instructors, masters, politicians, lawyers, and even big men on show business depending on the context.

    Regarding relationship between teachers and sutdents at universitys, of course, some intellectually active students are willing to visit teachers' offices and discuss problems, but others hesitate to interact with teachers personally.

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  5. In china, we usually adress teacher by calling 'Teacher Wang' or 'Teacher Lee'. We never call their name. It will be regarded so rude and no manner. Calling a teacher's name shows no respect and never be allowed.After all, i never do such things.

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  6. in China, we just call a teacher by saying 'Teacher Li' or 'Teacher Zhang'. calling a teacher's real name will be considered the student has no respect and so rude.

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  7. In Brazil, we lean towards an informal way of adressing both teachers and professors. Also, teachers/professors usually try to establish an open channel of communication between them and their students. In other words, students are generally allowed to talk to their teachers/ professors about anything they find relevant to their studies.

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  8. There are many ways to address your teacher but we should pick out the best way to make our teacher pleasant. Students normally call their teachers by their first name ,last name or the word“teacher”.And students never mind or think that they are making their teachers unrelaxed due to calling them by their last name or “teacher”. Differently, for another group of teachers, it’s going to be rude if their students call them by first name. It’s not because they want to make a distance with their students. In fact, they want to be respected by their students ,so students will listen to them easy in studying. Thus, I have to say that depends on the teacher. And we’d better figure out which types of our teachers’ personality are and call them by what they like the most.

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  9. Profesor. Sometimes I used profesor. At other times I use his first name. We don´t distance too much here in our school so it is ok if we use the given name.

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  10. Well,In my country liberia,We don't address teacher by calling their name. We address them by calling them teacher. So when i first start going to school in america i didn't call my teacher by his name,and he was so i told him about my country.

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  11. In my country it's almost like an unacceptable way of adressing to call our teachers by their real name, maybe due to the hard standard value regarded as our tradition. We ought to add the word "teacher" before each name.
    The relationship can only become cooler and more relaxed with teachers influenced by Westeners. But they're definitely teachers already abroad or English teachers.

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Thanks for posting a comment. I appreciate your interesting in sharing your ideas.

Best,

Randall