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Acronyms Related to TESOL

 

 
 

 

 

  • TESOL = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (It is also the name of an association, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) CALL = Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • EFL = English as a Foreign Language (Studying English in non-English-speaking countries)
  • ESL = English as a Second Language (Studying English as a non-native speaker in a country where English is spoken. Depending on where you are from,the term ESL may be more inclusive and includes EFL. For some people the reverse seems to be true.)
  • L1 = "Language 1" = the student's native (primary or first acquired) language.
  • L2 = "Language 2" = the language being learned or studied
  • TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • TESL = Teaching English as a Second Language
  • TOEFL = Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • TOEIC = Test of English for International Communication

Commonly-used Acronyms

  • 5W's = Who, What, Where, When and Why
  • CBI = Content Based Instruction
  • EAP = English for Academic Purposes
  • ELL = English Language Learner
  • ELT = English Language Teaching (or sometimes Training)
  • ESOL = English to Speakers of Other Languages (Note: ESL and EFL are often used interchangeably. This acronym is an attempt to make a generic term and then assign more limited meanings to ESL and EFL.)
  • ESP = English for Specific Purposes / English for Special Purposes
  • FLT = Foreign Language Teaching
  • IEP = Intensive English program
  • IPA = International Phonetic Alphabet (or Association)
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  • LEP = Limited English Proficiency (or Proficient)
  • LL = Language Lab
  • NNS = Non-Native Speaker
  • NS = Native Speaker
  • OHP = Overhead Projector
  • SLA = Second Language Acquisition
  • TPR = Total Physical Response

Other Acronyms Related to TESL

  • BE = Bilingual Education
  • CALLA = Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach
  • CALP = Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency
  • CELTA = Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
  • CLL = Community Language Learning
  • CLT = Communicative Language Teaching
  • CPE = Cambridge Proficiency Examination
  • EAP = English for Academic Purposes
  • ELL = English Language Learner
  • ESP = English for Special (Specific) Purposes
  • EST = English for Science and Technology
  • FEP = Fluent English Proficient (or Proficiency)
  • FES = Fluent English Speaker
  • GTM = Grammar Translation Method
  • LEP = Limited English Proficient (or Proficiency)
  • LES = Limited English Speaker
  • LMS = Language Minority Student
  • LSP = Languages for Special Purposes
  • MLAT = The Modern Language Aptitude Test
  • NEP = Non English Proficient (or Proficiency)
  • OHP = Over Head Projector
  • SLA = Second Language Acquisition
  • STT = Student Talking Time
  • TEP = Transitional English Proficiency
  • TL = Target Language
  • TPR = Total Physical Response
  • TSE = Test of Spoken English
  • TTT = Teacher Talking Time
  • TWE = Test of Written English
  • VESL = Vocational English as a Second Language

Associations

  • BC = British Council
  • NCTE = National Council of Teachers of English (United States of America)
  • IATEFL = International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (United Kingdom)
  • MLA = Modern Language Association
  • OCR = Office of Civil Rights
  • USIA = United States Information Agency
  • USIS = United States Information Service
  • IATEFL = International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
  • ACTFL = American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (United States of America)
  • APA = American Psychological Association