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Time and again, I have faced a situation in which I want to express something about what the teacher/lecturer is teaching; however, I have to say it indirectly, as I did now.
For instance, consider this sentence, please:

Using electronic devices in the classroom distracts students from ... .

Should I say "the subject","the material", "the lesson"?

  • using XYZ distracts students from learning/paying attention to what the teacher says/focusing on the key lecture points ... – learner Dec 16 '14 at 19:22
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Use either "the lesson", or "the lecture".

All three of those are correct, as all three are commonly understood to refer to what a teacher is teaching. But if you want to make sure that it is clear that it is something being taught by a teacher, then use either "the lesson" or "the lecture", and not "the subject" or "the material" because both of those could refer to a multitude of other things not related to teachers teaching.

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