The world of teaching English to non-native speakers is awash with acronyms. To help categorize the acronyms they have been put into a series of headings.
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- TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language
- TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- CELTA = Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
- CTBE = Certificate in Teaching Business English
- CTEYL = Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners
- DELTA = Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults
- TESL = Teaching English as a Second Language
So to answer the question of the title, TESOL is a certification awarded for the teaching of English, so in that respect it is an ESL certification.
The following represent a few of the more popular teaching methods.
- CLT = Communicative Language Teaching: This teaching method has interaction at the core of its teaching and learning goals.
- ESA = An English teaching methodology with the three elements of Engage, Study and Activate as its base.
- PPP = Presentation, Practice, Production: A teaching methodology similar to ESA but which lacks the flexibility of the ESA method.
- TBL = Task-Based Learning: A teaching method focused on learning a language through the completion of certain tasks.
- CLL = Community Language Learning: A method where students decide what to talk about and the teacher stays outside of the group and provides help when necessary.
In addition to the main teaching of English as a second language ESL there are further sub-categories.
- EAL = English as an Additional Language
- EAP = English for Academic Purposes
- ESP = English for Specific Purposes
- EYL = English for Young Learners
- Chants = an exercise where students repeat a language point in a rhythmic way.
- Drill = an exercise where students repeat words or phrases after the teacher chorally or individually.
- Gap-fill = an exercise where students have to fill the missing parts of a text with the correct word. The missing words are usually provided in a separate box.
- Information-gap = an exercise where one student has information the other needs. The information is obtained by asking the right questions.
- Matching exercises = an exercise where students have to match a vocabulary word and a picture, a question and an answer, two halves of a sentence etc.
- Role-play = an exercise where students pretend to be in a particular situation and act out roles in that situation. For example shop assistant and customer.
- EPIK = English Program in Korea: A program to place English teachers in schools in certain parts of South Korea.
- JET = Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme: A program to place English teachers in schools around Japan.
- CEF = Common European Framework
- L1 = a studentâs first language or mother tongue.
- L2 = the language a student is learning.
- Language level = the ability in English a student has e.g. beginner, intermediate etc.
- STT = Student Talking Time
- Syllabus = a list of the language items a student will study and be expected to learn during a number of classes.
- TTT = Teacher Talking Time