English Language Teaching – Acronyms

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This is our very first post and we’re going to talk about “Acronyms”.

Acronyms are little words or names used as a shorter form of the initial letters or syllables in a sentence or word.

English Language Teachers use some of these acronyms frequently, and here we are going to explain, in a breve glossary, the meaning of twenty of them.

1. CELTA – Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. Administered by Cambridge English based in England. This acronym refers to a specific, branded TEFL certificate course. Practitioners with a CELTA can continue their studies by completing the DELTA program.

2. CPE – Cambridge Proficiency Examination.

3. EAP – English for academic purposes.

4. EFL – English as a foreign language. English language programs in non-English-speaking countries where English is not used as the lingua franca. It is also used in some U.S. university programs where international students study English and are likely to return to their home countries after graduation or finishing course work.

5. EIL – English as an international language.

6. EL – English learner.

7. ELA – English language acquisition.

8. ESOL – English to speakers of other languages. Used to describe elementary and seondary English language programs. It is also used to designate classes within adult basic education programs.

9. GTM – Grammar Translation Method.

10. IEP – Intensive English program. Usually refers to a university program designed to help students improve their English before matriculating.

11. L1 – Native Language.

12. L2 – Second language.

13. LEP – Limited English Proficiency (or Proficient).

14. TEFL – Teaching English as a foreign language.

15. TESL – Teaching English as a second language.

16. TESOL – Teaching English to speakers of other languages. A professional activity that requires specialized training. It is also used to refer to TESOL International Association, as well as its signature event, the annual TESOL international convention.

17. TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language.

18. TOEIC – Test of English for International Communication

19. TPR – Total Physical Response. Is a language teaching method, based on the coordination of language and physical movement, most used with kids.

20. SLA – Second language acquisition.

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