At our school we not only teach English but also try to teach manners as well. However, being here so long… I’m really not sure of the rules anymore.
I used to call me teacher Mr. Jones. My dad, Dad. God help any of my friends who called my Dad by his first name. (He had a hang up about that). Some of my professors got upset if I did not use “Doctor” when addressing them.
On the TV show, Sesame Street, older people in the neighborhood are addressed by their first names.
Now hopefully you can tell me what you think is proper for the following situations. As my family is 1/2 Taiwanese now, I’d love to know what is proper from both the Chinese and English point of view.
How should you be addressed?
- In your informal classes in a Bushiban or with a private student
- If you were a full time classroom teacher K-12.
- If you were a father or mother of one of your child