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These acronyms will help you decode most Toronto job ads.
CALL: Computer Assisted Language Learning – Using computers to help teach language
CCLB: Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks – Organization that develops and maintains the CLB
CELTA: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults – A TEFL training program administered worldwide by the University of Cambridge
CIC: Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Federal department that funds LINC programs
CLARS: Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System – a project to test the benefits of a harmonized approach to language assessment and referral for newcomers
CLB: Canadian Language Benchmarks – A system for measuring language levels, which LINC programs use
EAP: English for Academic Purposes – Language instruction that prepares students for post-secondary education
EAL: English as an Additional Language – often used in contexts where English may be a third or more language, not necessarily for daily use
EFL/TEFL: English as a Foreign Language/ Teaching English as a Foreign Language – Teaching English in a country where English is not the main language.
ELT: English Language Teaching, or sometimes Enhanced Language Training (language instruction that focuses on a particular job, e.g., English for Nursing)
ESL/TESL: English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Second Language – Teaching English in an English-speaking country to non-native speakers
ESP: English for Specific Purposes – May include EAP or Enhanced Language Training
LINC: Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada – federally funded program that teaches English to recent immigrants and helps them adapt to life in Canada
MCI: (Ontario) Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
OSLT: Occupation-Specific Language Training – language instruction that focuses on a particular job, e.g., English for Nursing
PTCT: Post TESL Certificate Training – a series of training courses for those already certified
TCDSB: Toronto Catholic District School Board
TDSB: Toronto District School Board
TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – Encompasses both TESL and TEFL
Affiliate Chapter of
Founded in 1976, TESL Toronto is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization representing educators and specialists in the fields of English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
Our Mandate is
• to support professional development for teachers of English as a Second Language in Toronto, and
• to work with other regional affiliates and TESL Ontario to enhance ESL learning environments, and
• to establish and promote standards in ESL education.
- The TESL Toronto Executive is made up of members in good standing of TESL Ontario who volunteer their time and energy. TESL Toronto always encourages applications for new members of our Executive. More...
We represent approximately 1,600 members. Our members are mainly ELT (ESL, EAP, ESP, OSLT) instructors, though anyone with an interest in the field can join. More...
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