ELT Terms, Abbreviations and Acronyms

ACTFL American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
ARELS Association of Recognised English Language Services
BASELT British Association of State English Language Teaching
BC British Council
CALL computer assisted language learning
CEELT Cambridge Examination in English for Language Teachers
CELTA Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults (replaces CTEFLA)
CILT Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research
CTEFLA Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language to Adults (replaced by CELTA)
DELTA Diploma in English Language Teaching for Adults (replaces DTEFLA)
DOS director of studies
DTEFLA Diploma in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language to Adults (replaced by DELTA)
EAP English for academic purposes
ECIS European Council of International Schools
EFL English as a foreign language
ELICOS English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (Australian)
ELT English language training or teaching
EMT English mother tongue
ESL English as a second language
ESOL English for speakers of other languages
ESP English for specific purposes
IATEFL International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
IELTS International English Language Testing System
JALT Japan Association for Language Teaching
JET Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme
L1 first language
L2 second language
LCCIEB London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board
NATESOL National Association of Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages
ODA Overseas Development Agency
PGCE Post Graduate Certificate in Education (UK teaching qualification necessary for state sector)
RSA The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (UK)
TEFL teaching (of) English as a foreign language
TESL teaching (of) English as a second language
TESOL a) teaching (of) English to speakers of other languages
b) Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
TOEIC Test of English for International Communication
UCLES University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
USIA United States Information Agency
VSO Voluntary Service Overseas