Friday, 10 May 2013

Common TEFL Acronyms

Updated 13 June 2014

Here is a list of commonly used TEFL acronyms compiled from ESL Base, iteslj, Gone2Korea, Teaching ESL to Adults, and TEFL.net.

  • 5W's = Who, What, Where, When and Why 
  • 4 Skills = Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking
  • ABD = All But Dissertation (meaning you've done the coursework for a PhD or EdD)
  • ACTFL = American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (USA) 
  • ADOS = Assistant Director of Studies
  • AOP = Academic Oral Presentations
  • APA = American Psychological Association
  • ARELS = Association of Recognised English Language Services
  • ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • BASELT = British Association of State English Language Teaching
  • BE = Bilingual Education / Business English
  • BEC = Business English Certificate
  • BC = British Council 
  • BULATS = Business Language Testing Service
  • CAE = Certificate in Advanced English, Cambridge Advanced English
  • CALL = Computer Assisted Language Learning 
  • CALLA = Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach 
  • CALP = Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency 
  • CBC = Criminal Background Check
  • CBI = Content Based Instruction 
  • CEELT = Cambridge Examination in English for Language Teachers
  • CELTA = Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults 
  • CELTYL = Certificate in English Language Teaching to Young Learners
  • CILT = Centre for Information of Language Teaching and Research
  • CLIL = Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • CLL = Community Language Learning 
  • CLT = Communicative Language Teaching 
  • CRC = Criminal Record Check
  • CPE = Cambridge Proficiency Examination
  • CTESOL = Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • DELTA = Diploma in English Language Training to Adults
  • DOS = Director of Studies
  • DL = Distance Learning 
  • DPhil = Doctorate of Philosophy
  • DTEFLA = Diploma in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  • EAL: English as an Additional Language
  • EAP = English for Academic Purposes 
  • ECIS = European Council of International Schools
  • EdD = Doctor in Education
  • EFL = English as a Foreign Language (Studying English in non-English-speaking countries) 
  • ELI = English Language Instructor
  • ELL = English Language Learner 
  • ELICOS = English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students
  • ELT = English Language Teaching (or sometimes Training)
  • EMT = English Mother Tongue
  • EMI = English as a Medium of Instruction
  • EP = Transitional English Proficiency 
  • EPIK = English Programme in Korea
  • ESAC = English in Specific Academic Contexts
  • ESL = English as a Second Language (Studying English as a non-native speaker in a country where English is spoken.) 
  • ESOL = English to Speakers of Other Languages (Note: ESL and EFL are often used interchangeably.) 
  • ESP = English for Specific Purposes / English for Special Purposes / English Speaking Environment
  • EST = English for Science and Technology 
  • EX: Exam Classes
  • FCE = First Certificate in English
  • FEC = Foreign Expert Certificate
  • FEP = Fluent English Proficient (or Proficiency) 
  • FES = Fluent English Speaker GTM = Grammar Translation Method
  • FLT = Foreign Language Teaching 
  • GEPIK = Gyeonggi-do English Programme in Korea
  • GET =  Guest English Teacher
  • HOD = Head Of Department
  • IATEFL = International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (UK) 
  • ICELT = In-service Certificate in English Language Teaching
  • IDLTM = International Diploma in Language Teaching Management
  • IELTS = International English Language Testing System
  • IEP = Intensive English program 
  • IH = International House
  • IPA = International Phonetic Alphabet (or Association)
  • KET = Key English Test
  • L1 = "Language 1" = the student's native (primary or first acquired) language. 
  • L2 = "Language 2" = the language being learned or studied 
  • LDT = Language Development Training
  • LEP = Limited English Proficiency (or Proficient) 
  • LES = Limited English Speaker 
  • LL = Language Lab 
  • LMS = Language Minority Student 
  • LOS = Letter of Release
  • LS = Language Support
  • LSA = Language Skills Assignment 
  • LSAC = Listening and Speaking in Academic Contexts
  • LSP = Languages for Special Purposes
  • MLA = Modern Language Association 
  • MLAT = The Modern Language Aptitude Test 
  • MOE =  Ministry of Education, Metropolitan Office of Education
  • MONO: Monolingual
  • MULT = Multilingual
  • NCTE = National Council of Teachers of English (United States of America) 
  • NEP = Non English Proficient (or Proficiency) 
  • NESE = Non-English Speaking Environment
  • NET = Native English Teacher
  • NNS = Non-Native Speaker 
  • NS = Native Speaker 
  • OH = Office hours
  • OND = On Demand
  • PET = Prelimiary English Test
  • PGCE = Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • PhD = Doctor in Philosophy
  • POE = Provincial Office of Education 
  • PR  = Permanent Residency
  • QTS = Qualified Teaching Status
  • RP = Resident Permit
  • RSA = Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce
  • RWAC = Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts
  • SLA = Second Language Acquisition 
  • SMOE =  Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education
  • SR = Special Requirements
  • STT = Student Talking Time Time
  • TALK =  Teach and Learn Korea
  • TBA = To Be Announced
  • TBC = To Be Confirmed
  • TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language 
  • TESL = Teaching English as a Second Language 
  • TESOL = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.
  • TKT = Teaching Knowledge Test
  • TOEFL = Test of English as a Foreign Language 
  • TOEIC = Test of English for International Communication
  • TL = Target Language 
  • TPR = Total Physical Response 
  • TPRS = Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling
  • TSE = Test of Spoken English
  • TTT = Teacher Talking Time 
  • TWE = Test of Written English 
  • UCLES = University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
  • VESL = Vocational English as a Second Language 
  • VYL  = Very Young Learners
  • YL = Young Learners 
  • YLE = Young Learners English 

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