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Amanda moved to teach in England earlier in the term. It's been going really well however she has found a few differences in the lingo! 

Before you begin teaching in the UK, or even after your first day, there are some words and sayings that you MUST know for the classroom.  Many of these I personally did not know before my first day, and it made for many laughs and eye openers throughout the day.

1. If you are going to teach English, a period is called a "full stop".

2. Erasers are called "rubbers"....yes, rubbers.  And instead of asking children to "erase" something, you ask them to "rub it out". Don't laugh.

3.  When you want a student to throw something in the garbage, ask them to "throw it in   the bin." My first day a young boy asked me what he should do with his art book because he was finished.  I told him to go put it in the bin (the red plastic bin that they were stacked in), he looked at me almost in tears and said "but why?"....then I realized.

4. The attendance you take each morning and after lunch is called the "register."

5. Asking students to line up is alright, but for example when they need to wait outside of another class before entering, ask them to "queue at Miss.Hatt's door."

6. Almost all schools have uniforms, many with sweaters for the colder months.  Sweaters are called "jumpers", so don't be surprised if you asked them to pick up their sweater and find it in the same spot 5 minutes later. 

Sometimes the language difference (though minor) can be challenging, but it also makes the day quite fun.  Just remember, if you're a sucker for the accents, don't let it stop you from following through with any behaviour management!

How you found a difference in how things are said? Would you liket o blog about it? Email Megan ( to get started. 

Tags: AmandaH, Chelmsford, Canada

Category: Australian Teachers

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