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Do you know your ELT acronyms?  There are a billion and one out there, from methodology to people to exams to individual schools and programs.  New ones seem to pop up nearly every year, which provide a cloudy mist of confusing acronyms to remember the meanings of.  Hopefully this list below will be of some help.

General

CIC = Citizen and Immigration Canada
CLIL = Content and language integrated learning
EAL = English as an additional language
EAP = English for academic purposes
EIL = English as an international language
ELF = English as lingua franca
ELT= English language teaching, Enhanced language training (Ontario)
ESAP = English for specific academic purposes
ESP = English for specific purposes
OSLT = Occupation-specific language teaching
SLA = Second language acquisition
(T)EFL = English as a foreign language
(T)ESL = English as a second language
TESOL = Teachers of English as a second or other language

Exams and qualifications

BEC = Business English certificate
BULATS = Business language testing service
CAE = Certificate in advanced English
CELTA = Certificate in English language teaching to adults
CertIBET = Certificate in international business English training
CPE = Certificate of proficiency in English
FCE = First certificate in English
FTBE = First certificate for teachers of business English
IATEFL = International association of teaching English as a foreign language
IELTS = International English language testing system
INSET = In-service training
ISLPR = International Second Language Proficiency Ratings
KET = Key English tests
MATESOL = Masters degree in teaching English as a second or other language
NATECL = National association for the teaching of English and community languages to adults
PET = Preliminary English test
SIG = Special interest groups
TKT = Teaching knowledge test
TOEIC = Test of English for international communication
TOEFL = Test of English as a foreign language
TTC = Teacher training course

Approaches, planning and people

CALL = Computer assisted language learning
CLB = Canadian language benchmarks
CLT = Communicative language teaching
DDL = Data driven learning
DoS = Director of studies
ICT = Information communication technology
L1 = First language
L2 = Second language
LINC = Language instruction to newcomers in Canada
MT = Mother tongue
(N)NEST = (Non) Native English speaking teacher
PPP = Presentation-practice-production approach
SS = Students
STT = Student talking time
T = Teacher
TBL = Task based learning
TP = Teaching practice
TTT = teacher talking time, Test-Teach-Test approach
YL = Young learners

 

11 Responses to ELT acronyms

  1. Wish I would’ve seen this a few years ago. With all the blog/twitter action I got about a 97% on this test.

    There are a few acronyms folks use in Europe that I hadn’t seen till this year. There’s also an “equivalent chart for the scores on major tests like TOEIC/IAELTS and what that means. This page describes them, and offers some generous goals… :)

    http://www.esl-languages.com/en/study-abroad/adults/levels-and-progression/index.htm

    • seburnt says:

      Thanks for that link, Brad! Very cool graph.

      Those are the CEF proficiency tests and equivalent levels. I’ve got most of those tests here too. No see? ;) I only knew of them because I was surrounded by CAE and FCE texts at the bookstore.

  2. Great list, Tyson, thanks!

    You might want to add this one:
    ISLPR
    International Second Language Proficiency Ratings
    http://www.islpr.org/

    I’m not sure how well known it is outside Australia, but it’s widely used within Australia for placement, occupational tests (teaching, nursing, taxi drivers, etc.), research and policy, etc.

  3. TOEFL says:

    Helpful information. Fortunate me I discovered your web site by chance, and I am shocked why this coincidence didn’t happened in advance! I bookmarked it.

  4. alannahfitz says:

    Hi, if you could please add DDL for Data Driven Learning for those of us using corpus approaches to teaching languages that would be useful. Thanks!

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