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Roll call

刊登日期: 2019.09.20
作者: Grace Tse  

Every morning when you get into the classroom, the first thing your teacher has to do is to conduct a roll call. He or she reads the names aloud from a list and the students respond. 

Teacher: Henry Chan 

Henry: Present, Miss. 

In Western countries, students may respond with“Yes, Miss/ Sir”or“Here, Miss/Sir”. 

The name calling practice is to check whether students are present, absent or late in each class. The expression “making the roll call”is also referred to as“calling/taking the register”or“taking attendance”. 

Roll calls(點名)were originally used in military services. An early example can be found in a book about the discipline of the marine forces in 1763. 

“When the ship is in port, … the soldiers should attend roll call in the evening, that the officer may discover if any are drunk or dirty.” 

In this example, the roll call was used to check whether the soldiers were well-disciplined or not. 

In the Medieval times , the word “roll” meant a piece of parchment or a scroll which contained writing or music, and was rolled up for carrying or storing. 

Nowadays, in many settings like classrooms and outdoor school activities, roll call is still very important. However, when the class size is big, it is time-consuming and boring. Do you have any good ideas of how to do a roll call efficiently? Imagine that a class has 35 children. They can be divided into three groups under the care of three leaders. Each leader takes the roll call and then reports the results to the teacher.  


Glossary 

Respond 

回答

Register 

註冊簿

Military services 

軍事服務

Marine forces 

海軍

Well-disciplined 
紀律嚴明
Parchment 
羊皮紙
Scroll 
卷軸
Time-consuming 
耗費時間

 

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