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ELT Abbreviations & Acronyms

ACTFLAmerican Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
ARELSAssociation of Recognised English Language Services
BASELTBritish Association of State English Language Teaching
BCBritish Council
BEbilingual education
CALLcomputer assisted language learning
CEELTCambridge Examination in English for Language Teachers
CELTACertificate in English Language Teaching for Adults (replaces CTEFLA)
CLTcommunicative language teaching
CILTCentre for Information on Language Teaching and Research
CTEFLACertificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language to Adults (replaced by CELTA)
DELTADiploma in English Language Teaching for Adults (replaces DTEFLA)
DOSdirector of studies
DTEFLADiploma in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language to Adults (replaced by DELTA)
EAPEnglish for academic purposes
ECISEuropean Council of International Schools
EFLEnglish as a foreign language
ELICOSEnglish Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (Australian)
ELLEnglish language learner
ELTEnglish language training or teaching
EMTEnglish mother tongue
ESLEnglish as a second language
ESOLEnglish for speakers of other languages
ESPEnglish for specific purposes
ESTEnglish for science and technology
FESfluent English speaker
IATEFLInternational Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
IELTSInternational English Language Testing System
JALTJapan Association for Language Teaching
JETJapanese Exchange and Teaching Programme
L1first language
L2second language
LCCIEBLondon Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board
NATESOLNational Association of Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages
ODAOverseas Development Agency
PGCEPost Graduate Certificate in Education (UK teaching qualification necessary for state sector)
RSAThe Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (UK)
SLAsecond language acquisition
STTstudent talking time
TEFLteaching (of) English as a foreign language
TESLteaching (of) English as a second language
TESOLa) teaching (of) English to speakers of other languages
b) Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.
TOEFLTest of English as a Foreign Language
TOEICTest of English for International Communication
TSEtest of spoken English
TTTteacher talking time
TWEtest of written English
UCLESUniversity of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
USIAUnited States Information Agency
VSOVoluntary Service Overseas

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