What is the the correct term for a lesson where the teacher was replaced by a different teacher, because he was ill?

Is it called a substitution (lesson)?

Even further: What would a plan of these lessons be called? Substitution board?

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    I'm not familiar with the term for the actual lesson BUT when we have a replacement teacher, we do say "We have a substitute teacher today". I've never heard substitution lesson used before in my school years. I usually just called lessons from substitute teachers "busy work" :P
    – Element115
    Mar 6 '18 at 16:16
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    @Element115 Thanks. So there is no real word for it? How did you know which replacement teacher you will get?
    – TDJ
    Mar 6 '18 at 16:19
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    Haha I hope so. Thanks for sharing your experience
    – TDJ
    Mar 6 '18 at 16:24
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    I agree with Element115's suggestion (which should probably be an answer). There is no word for the lesson, only a word for the teacher, namely "substitute".
    – Andrew
    Mar 6 '18 at 16:33
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    It is the teacher that is a substitute teacher, not the lesson. Usually, they teach ""from the book" and do not have to do a lesson plan at all.
    – Lambie
    Mar 6 '18 at 16:37

I think there is some variation between the American and British use here.

In Britain, when a teacher is away, another teacher covers their lesson, and teaches a cover lesson. The teacher who is absent should provide a cover lesson plan (shortened to "cover").

The cover teacher may be another teacher in the school. Or the school may hire a temporary teacher for the day, called a supply teacher

Have you got Mr Smith's cover? The supply teacher is here and she's covering his year 8 class in period 1.


Compiling the comments into an answer. In English, there's no specific, or commonly used word to describe a lesson that is being substituted in place of the regular lesson. Instead, we often just refer to it as having a substitute teacher(sometimes abbreviated sub). It is the teacher that is substituted, not the lesson. Usually the substitute teachers just teach from the book and have no lesson plan at all. Example:

"Did you hear we have a sub(titute) in English today?" "No I didn't who is it?" "Mr. Jeremy" "Ah, he's the worst!"

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