Acronyms & initialisms for ESL teachers

Acronyms & initialisms for ESL teachers
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CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This is the language benchmark scheme that was set up by the Council of Europe: it is recognised and used throughout Europe and in other parts of the world.CEFR examination benchmarks: A1 – “Breakthrough or beginner”; A2 – “Way stage or elementary”; B1 – “Threshold or intermediate”; B2 – “Vantage or upper intermediate”; C1 – “Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced”; C2 – “Mastery or proficiency”. These letters are shown on language examination certificates issued by the various educational organisations.EFL: English as a foreign language. This is the descriptive term for studying English as a foreign language.ELL: English language learner. This is an EFL student.ELT: English language teaching or training. ESL: English as a second language. This is an alternative initialism to EFL.ESP: English for specific/special purposes. ELLs learn how to communicate in English in a special field or profession, e.g. science, engineering, medicine, business, etc.ESOL: English for speakers of other languages. This is English taught to non speakers of English.IELTS: The International English Language Testing Service. This is an EFL examination required for the purpose of entry into higher educational institutions: it is administered by the British Council. IELTS examination benchmarks: 0 – Did not attempt the test; 1 – Non User; 2 – Intermittent User; 3 – Extremely Limited User; 4 – Limited User; 5 – Modest user; 6 – Competent User; 7 – Good User; 8 – Very Good User; 9 – Expert User. TEFL: Teaching English as a foreign language. This is a generic acronym for EFL teacher training courses.TESL: Teaching English as a second language.  This is another acronym for TEFL.TESOL: Teaching English to speakers of other languages. This is the activity of teaching EFL.TOEFL: Test of English as a foreign fanguage.  This is the international examination that is required for American university entrance. The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. This is the EFL examination organisation of the University of Cambridge. principal examinations:A1 – YLE – Young Learners EnglishA2 – KET – Key English TestB1 – PET – Preliminary English TestB2 – FCE – First Certificate in English C2 – CAE – Certificate of Advanced EnglishC1 – CPE – Certificate of Proficiency in English

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