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ELT Acronyms

Do you know your TOEIC from your TOEFL? Do you have any idea what LCCIEB stands for? How about the difference between EFL and ESL? Acronyms are thrown around a lot in the ELT business (see?!), but our handy little guide can tell you what they stand for and point you to relevant web sites.

Acronyms A-D

AAAL

American Association for Applied Linguistics (Web site)

ACET

Association of Children's English Teachers (Web site)

ACTFL

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Web site)

ACTJ

Association of Canadian Teachers in Japan (Web site)

AET

Assistant English Teacher

ALT

Assistant Language Teacher (part of JET)

ALM

Audio-lingual Method (depends on mimicry, memorization of set phrases and repetitive drills; vocabulary is learned in context and there is extensive of audio tapes and visual aids; evolved from the Direct Method)

ARELS

Association of Recognised English Language Services. The representative body of private accredited English language schools in the UK. Formed in 1960, it is the longest-established ELT association in the world. (Web site)

BAAL

British Association for Applied Linguistics (Web site)

BALT

British Association for Language Teaching

BASELT

British Association of State English Language Teaching (Web site)

BC

British Council (Web site | BC Japan web site)

BULATS

Business Language Testing Service (provided by Cambridge ESOL Web site)

CALL

Computer Assisted Language Learning

CEELT

Cambridge Examination in English for Language Teachers (Web site)

CELTA

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (was CTEFLA; Web site)

CIEE

Council on International Educational Exchange (Japan representative for the TOEFL; Web site)

CILT

Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (Web site)

CILTS

Cambridge Integrated Language Teaching Schemes (Web site)

CIR

Coordinator of International Relations (part of JET)

CLAIR

Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (part of JET; Web site)

CLT

Communicative Language Teaching

COTE

Certificate for Overseas Teachers of English (Web site)

CPE

Certificate of Proficiency in English (Web site)

CTEFLA

See CELTA

CUP

Cambridge University Press (CUP Japan web site)

CWAJ

College Women's Association of Japan (Web site)

DBE

Developmental Bilingual Education (similar to but more gradual than TBE, and continues development of the student's native language after English proficiency is achieved)

DELTA

Diploma in English Language Teaching for Adults (was DTEFLA) (Web site)

DM

Direct Method (instruction in the target language, teaching everyday vocabulary, and with an inductive approach to grammar; the first of the 'natural' methods)

DOS, DoS

Director of Studies

DOTE

Diploma for Overseas Teachers of English (Web site)

DTEFLA

See DELTA

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