100+ Common English Teaching Abbreviations

This list contains the most common English Teaching Abbreviations used in English educational systems and English exams…

ESL and EFL Abbreviations

Abbreviations | English Exams

  • BEC:  Business English Certificate – Cambridge business English exam certificate
  • CAE:  Certificate in Advanced English – the fourth Cambridge Exam Cambridge Exams – The standard in English examination throughout the world outside of the USA (where the TOEFL is preferred)
  • CAT:  Computer Adaptive Testing
  • CBT:  Computer Based Teaching
  • CEELT:  Cambridge Examination in English for Language Teachers. Tests the English competency of non-native teachers of English.
  • CEIBT:  Certificate in English for International Business and Trade for advanced levels.
  • CELTA:  Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (Cambridge/RSA Teaching Certificate also known as C-TEFLA)
  • CPE:  Certificate of Proficiency in English – the fifth and the most advanced of Cambridge’s series of exams (roughly comparable to a score of 600-650 on the TOEFL).
  • ECCE:  Exam for the Certificate of Competency in English (Michigan University) – lower level.
  • ECPE:  Exam for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (Michigan University) – higher level.
  • FCE:  First Certificate in English – the third of Cambridge’s series of exams (comparable to a score of 500 on the TOEFL and 5.7 on the IELTS).
  • IELTS:  International English Language Testing System
  • KET:  Key English Test – The most elementary of Cambridge’s series of exams
  • MTELP: Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency
  • PET:  Preliminary English Test – The second of Cambridge’s series of exams.
  • RSA/Cambridge C-TEFLA:  Certificate of Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults. A professional qualification for prospective EFL teachers.
  • RSA/Cambridge D-TEFLA:  Diploma of Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Advanced qualification for EFL teachers who have already completed the C-TEFLA.
  • TOEFL:  Test of English as a Foreign Language – the most common English proficiency exam for North American universities and colleges, also accepted by some British universities and employers as proof of English proficiency.
  • TOEIC: Test Of English for International Communication
  • YLE:  Young Learners English Tests – Cambridge Examinations for young learners

English Teaching Abbreviations

  • AAAL: American Association for Applied Linguistics
  • ACTFL:  American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • AE:  American English
  • BAAL:  British Association of Applied Linguistics
  • BC:  British Council
  • BE: Business English
  • BICS: Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • BrE:  British English
  • BVT:  Bilingual Vocational Training
  • CALI:  Computer Assisted Language Instruction
  • CALL:  Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • CanE:  Canadian English
  • DELTA:  Diploma in English Language Teaching (Cambridge/RSA Language Teaching Scheme)
  • EAP:  English for Academic Purposes
  • EFL: English as a Foreign Language
  • EGP: English for General Purposes
  • EIP: English as an International Language Programme
  • EL: English Learner
  • ELA: English Language Arts
  • ELD: English Language Development
  • ELICOS: English Language Intensive Courses to Overseas Students. Government registered centers teaching English to overseas students in Australia.
  • ELL: English Language Learner
  • ELT: English Language Teaching
  • ERIC: Educational Resources Information Center
  • ESL: English as a Second Language
  • ESLP: English as a Second Language Programme
  • ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • ESP: English for Specific Purposes (business English, English for tourism, etc.)
  • GE/Gen Eng: GE: General Education, General English
  • IATEFL: International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
  • IEP: Intensive English Programme (usually university programmes)
  • NATECLA: National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults (UK)
  • NATESOL: National Association of Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • NCTE: National Council of Teachers of English
  • NEP: Non-English Proficient
  • NES: Non-English Speaking
  • NNEST: Non-Native English Speaking Teacher
  • NNL: Non-Native Language
  • OE: Old English
  • OED: Oxford English Dictionary
  • RP: Received Pronunciation – ‘standard’ British pronunciation
  • SAE: Standard American English
  • SAP: Student Assistance Program
  • SLL: Second Language Learner
  • TEFL: Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • TEFLA: Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults
  • TEIL: Teaching English as an International Language
  • TESL: Teaching English as a Second Language
  • TESOL: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • TYLE: (Teaching) Young Learners English
  • VE: Vocational English
  • VESL: Vocational English as a Second Language

Abbreviations in School

  • BIC: Behavior Intervention Class
  • ABA: Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • AD: Athletic Director
  • ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
  • AESOP: Automated Substitute Placement & Absence Management
  • AMAOs: Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives
  • AP: Advanced Placement (also Assistant Principal)
  • APA: Administrative Procedures Act
  • APE: Adaptive Physical Education
  • AR: Accelerated Reader
  • ARC: Accountability Report Card
  • AVA: American Vocational Association
  • BD: Behavior Disorder
  • BDR: Bill Draft Request
  • BIP: Behavior Intervention Plan
  • BMP: Behavior Management Plan
  • BOT: Board of Trustees
  • CALP: Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency
  • ESD: Extended School Day
  • ESEA: Elementary and Secondary Education Act
  • ETS: Educational Testing Service
  • GMAT: Graduate Management Admission Test. The GMAT measures general verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills.
  • GPA: Grade Point Average
  • GRE: Graduate Record Examination – an evaluation test for graduate admission to colleges and universities in the U.S.
  • GTE: Gifted & Talented Education
  • IHE: Institution of Higher Education
  • IPA: International Phonetic Association
  • K12: Kindergarten – 12th grade.
  • L1: Language 1 – native language
  • L2: Language 2 – the language you are learning
  • LA: Language Arts
  • LEP: Limited English Proficient
  • LL: Language Learning
  • LLD: Language Learning Disabilities
  • MT: Mother Tongue
  • NLP: Neuro-linguistic Programming
  • PL: Public Law
  • PLC: Practical Life Class
  • PLP: Personal Learning Plan
  • RFA: Request for Applications
  • RFP: Request for Proposals
  • SASI: School Administration Student Information
  • SES: Socio-Economic Status
  • SIP: School Improvement Plan
  • SIT: Student Intervention Team
  • TLC: Teachers and Leaders Council
  • VR: Vocational Rehabilitation

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