Below is a list of ESL acronyms and abbreviations useful for ESL and EFL teachers.
Just as with any profession, teaching English as a Second Language or Foreign Language has its own vocabulary, terms, expressions, abbreviations and acronyms.
|EFL||English as a Foreign Language||Used when a non-native English speaker is studying English in a non-English speaking country.|
|ESL||English as a Second Language||Used when a non-native-English speaker is studying English in an English-speaking country. See Differences between EFL and ESL.|
|ESOL||English for Speakers of Other Languages||This term is more recent and is intended to be a more inclusive term (includes ESL and EFL).|
|TEFL||Teaching English as a Foreign Language||A TEFL teacher is one who teaches English to speakers of other languages in non-native-English-speaking countries.|
|TESL||Teaching English as a Second Language||A TESL teacher teaches English to speakers of other languages in an English-speaking country.|
|TESOL||Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.||A more inclusive term for teaching EFL and ESL. The second definition is the name of a teachers' association.|
|TOEFL||Test of English as a Foreign Language||-|
|TOEIC||Test of English for International Communication||-|
|CALL||Computer Assisted Language Learning||-|
|CELTA||Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults||Also called Cambridge CELTA. CELTA course locations are all over the world. Compare to CTESOL.|
|CELTYL||Certificate in English Language Teaching to Young Learners||-|
|CTESOL||Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages||Compare to CELTA.|
|DELTA||Diploma in English Language Training to Adults||-|
|EAL||English as an Additional Language||-|
|EAP||English for Academic Purposes||-|
|ELL||English Language Learner||-|
|ELT||English Language Training or English Language Teaching||-|
|ESP||English for Specific Purposes or English for Special Purposes||-|
|FLT||Foreign Language Teaching||-|
|ICELT||In-service Certificate in English Language Teaching||For non-native English teachers already teaching English.|
|IEP||Intensive English Program||-|
|IPA||International Phonetic Alphabet or International Phonetic Association||-|
|L1||Language 1||Refers to the student's first, or native language.|
|L2||Language 2||Refers to the new language that the student is learning.|
|LEP||Limited English Proficient or Limited English Proficiency||-|
|LES||Limited English Speaker||-|
|SLA||Second Language Acquisition||-|
|TPR||Total Physical Response||-|
|VESL||Vocational English as a Second Language||-|
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