TESOLTeachers' Glossary of Common ESL Acronyms
Every career, job and occupation has its own 'language' as it were. ESL is no different. Today we'll explore the
wonderful world of abbreviations in ESL: American standard terms and British standard definitions. US
ESL - English as a Second Language.
This typically refers to teachers who teach English to students who have not learned English in their native
environment. In other words, they are already fluent in a first language, and need to learn English later on for
professional, personal, or educational reasons.
TESL - Teaching English as a Second Language
This is the discipline of teaching English in a methodical way and covers materials development, linguistic
analysis, classroom practice, educational psychology, management, etc.
Terminology in the UK, Europe and Australia/New Zealand
EFL - English as a Foreign Language
This is the standard meaning for 'teaching English abroad'.