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The world of teaching English as a Foreign Language is full of an array of abbreviations and acronyms. This glossary is your guide to the world of these acronyms and their meanings.

A1Beginner level on the Common European Framework for Languages
A2Upper beginner level on the Common European Framework for Languages
ABLSAccreditation Body for Language Services
ACTFLAmerican Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
AGRRAnglo-German Remembrance and Reconciliation (project led by the Academy of English)
AoEAcademy of English
ARELSAssociation of Recognized English Language Services
ALTEThe Association of Language Testers in Europe
B1Intermediate level on the Common European Framework for Languages
B2Upper intermediate level on the Common European Framework for Languages
BASELTBritish Association of State English Language Teaching
BCBritish Council
BEbilingual education
BECBusiness English Certificate (Cambridge test)
BLBlended Learning
C1Advanced level on the Common European Framework for Languages
C2Upper advanced level on the Common European Framework for Languages (near-native speaker)
CAECambridge Advanced English (test from Cambridge at C1 level)
CALLcomputer assisted language learning
CaMLACaMLA English Placement Test
CEFRCommon European Framework for Reference in Languages (system of descriptors to define language competencies)
CEELTCambridge Examination in English for Language Teachers
CELT-PCertificate in English Language Teaching – Primary
CELT-SCertificate in English Language Teaching – Secondary
CELTACertificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Cert IBETTrinity London Certificate in International Business English Teaching
CertTESOLTrinity London certificate for those with little or no experience of teaching English
CertTEYLCertificate in Teaching English to Young Learners
CILTCentre for Information on Language Teaching and Research
CLTcommunicative language teaching
CLILContent and Language Integrated Learning
CPDContinued Professional Development
CPECambridge Proficiency English (test from Cambridge at C2 level)
DELTADiploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
DoSdirector of studies
DTLLSDiploma for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
EAPEnglish for academic purposes
EAQUALSThe European Association for Quality Language Service
ECCEExamination for the Certificate in Competency in English
ECCOEnglish Conversation and Culture Oldenburg (method adopted by the Academy of English to teach English)
ECPEExamination for the Certificate in Proficiency in English
EFLEnglish as a Foreign Language
EIKENThe EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency
ELICOSEnglish Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (Australian)
ELLEnglish Language Learner
ELTEnglish Language Training or Teaching
EMTEnglish Mother Tongue
EPTEnglish Placement Test
ESBEnglish Speaking Board
ESLEnglish as a Second Language
ESOLEnglish for Speakers of Other Languages
ESPEnglish for Specific Purposes
ESOLEnglish for Speakers of Other Languages
ESTEnglish for Science and technology
ETSEducational Testing Service
FEFurther Education
FESFluent English Speaker
FIRSTCambridge First Certificate in English (test from Cambridge at B2 level)
FTCLFellowship Trinity College London
GESEGraded Examinations in Spoken English (Trinity College London English test)
HAThe High Arcal School, a partner school of the Academy of English in the United Kingdom
HEHigher Education
IATEFLInternational Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
iBTInternet-based Test (four skills test for the TOEFL test, taken on the internet)
ISATInternational Students Admission Test
ISEIntegrated Skills in English
ITInformation Technology
ICTInformation Communication Technology
IELTSInternational English Language Testing System
ITPInstitutional Testing Program (paper-based, academic TOEFL test for internal use)
JALTJapan Association for Language Teaching
JETJapanese Exchange and Teaching Programme
Joint CertTESOLCertificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
L1First language
L2Second language
LCMLearning Centre Manager
LTCL DipTESOLTrinity College London teaching certificate for those with at least 2 years’ experience
LTSLanguage Testing Service
KEYKey English Test (test from Cambridge at A2 level)
MELABMichigan English Language Assessment Battery
METMichigan English Test
MFLModern Foreign Languages
MTELPMichigan Test of English Language Proficiency
NATESOLNational Association of Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages
NQFNational Qualifications Framework (UK-wide system of qualifications)
OETOccupational English Test
OFSTEDOffice for Standards in Education
PBTPaper-Based Test (four skills test for the TOEFL written on paper)
PETPreliminary English Test (test from Cambridge at B1 level)
PGCEPost Graduate Certificate in Education (UK teaching qualification necessary for state sector)
PTEPearson Test of English (academic test)
QCAQualifications and Curriculum Authority
SEWSpoken English for Work
SLASecond language acquisition
STTStudent talking time
TEFLTeaching (of) English as a Foreign Language
TESLteaching (of) English as a Second Language
TESOLTeaching (of) English to speakers of Other languages

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TKTTeaching Knowledge Test (test for English teachers)
TOEFLTest of English as a Foreign Language
TOEICTest of English for International Communication
TOLESTest of Legal English Skills
TRACKTrackTest Online English Assessment Center
TTTTrain The Teacher
UCASUniversities and Colleges Admissions Service
VHSVolkshochschule
YLTEYoung Learners Tests of English