...tuition teacher...

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Malaysia English
A former tuition teacher, who had sex with a 15-year-old boy, was jailed for 12 months yesterday.

The above is from a local newspaper.

Is "tuition teacher" correct? If not, what is the correct term?

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  • goldenband

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    English - American
    After a quick search it looks like "tuition teacher" is not an uncommon phrase in Indian and Malaysian sources.

    I don't know whether it's considered correct in those forms of English, though there are many words and phrases in Indian English that are incorrect or unknown in American English, e.g. "airdash".


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    English - U.S.
    If it's not Indian English, keep in mind that the word tuition has different meanings in British and American English. In BE, it's the act of teaching: "All students receive tuition in history." In AE, it's the cost of instruction: "All students must pay tuition if they want to study history." Many uses of this word that make perfect sense in one variety of English are incomprehensible in the other.
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