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How to address a teacher in class, for example when you have a question? Can I tell "excuse me Sir" if the teacher is male. How can I address a female teacher , I should call her Ms. or what? What about university teachers?
Oct 8, 2017 4:54 AM
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Ask your teacher! He or she will be happy to tell you. Sometimes the first name is acceptable, but as Delisha has written, the teacher will set the rules. Personally, I write my name on the whiteboard at the beginning of class. Of course, don't use anything casual; it comes across as too friendly, and that's not appropriate in a teacher-student context. (A few weeks ago, one student thought it was okey-dokey to address me with "hey, man" and then said he didn't know the difference when I pulled him up for it.)
October 8, 2017
Americans don't have as many rules around politeness. I know teachers who have students call them by their first names. It just depends. You can say "Excuse me", "Excuse me Sir", "Excuse me Ma'am" or "Excuse me professor [insert last name]". Teachers usually set the rules around how they wish to be addressed, if they don't it's safe to call them by their title.
October 8, 2017
January 11, 2018
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