TEFL Acronyms – teacher training

ACE: Access Certificate in Education. An entry-level training certificate being piloted by Pitmans/City and Guilds in the UK.

CELTA: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. Widely-recognised certificate course developed in the UK by University of Cambridge ESOL (UCLES) and RSA. DELTA is the advanced Diploma course.

CELTYL: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Young Learners. A certificate course developed in the UK by University of Cambridge ESOL (UCLES); normally taken as an add-on option with CELTA.

Cert.TEB: Certificate in Teaching English for Business. A certificate course developed by LCCI for teachers specialising in business English (see LCCIEB, below)

Cert.TESOL: Certificate in TESOL. Widely-recognised certificate course developed in the UK by Trinity College London. The advanced version for experienced teachers is the Lic.Dip.TESOL.

Cert.TEYL: Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners. A certificate course extension developed by Trinity College London; normally taken as an add-on option with Cert.TESOL.

COTE: Certificate for Overseas Teachers of English. A certificate-level course developed by University of Cambridge ESOL (UCLES) – now replaced by ICELT

DELTA: Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults. The advanced (post-experience) qualification from University of Cambridge ESOL (UCLES)

FTBE: (Further Certificate for Teachers of Business English) – awarded by LCCIEB

ICELT: In-Service Certificate in English Language Teaching – certificate for teachers awarded by CambridgeESOL, designed to replace COTE, and used to help improve a working teacher’s skills

LTCL.Dip.TESOL: Licentiate Diploma in TESOL. The advanced (post-experience) qualification from Trinity College London

TEFL: Teaching English as a Foreign Language – a term that refers to teacher training programmes in EFL.

TESL: Teaching English as a Second Language–a term that refers to teacher training programmes in ESL.

TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages–a term that is used to distinguish English language teaching as a professional activity that requires specialized training. Also refers to the teacher examinations developed by Trinity College London (Cert.TESOL and LTCL.Dip.TESOL)

TKT: Teaching Knowledge Test – flexible award developed by Cambridge ESOL to provide and test the basic teaching requirements of any teacher.


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