Can students call their teacher madam?

Example: In a conversation between a teacher and a student.

Student: May I open the window, madam?
Teacher: It doesn't matter.

Do people in UK or USA use this term?

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It depends on the region and local registers. In India, it's pretty a common term that students use for their teachers. Also, note that some practice 'Madam,' others use 'ma'am.' Nevertheless, I now observe that 'Miss' is also getting grounds in India these days. It's worth to note that even though a lady teacher is married, she's addressed as 'miss' by her students.

A good read is here on BBC.

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    It also depends on the teacher's preferences. Calling your teacher something they won't tolerate can lead to scholastic difficulties.
    – Ed Grimm
    Feb 6, 2019 at 5:26
  • @EdGrimm I second you...and I know someone like that as well! :)
    – Maulik V
    Feb 6, 2019 at 8:58

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