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Acronyms in Teaching English

Glossary of TEFL Acronyms


Acronyms Related to Teaching English

Like all professions, the profession of teaching English is full of acronyms. Some you'll come across frequently. The list on the left shows many acronyms -- if you notice missing items, send us the acronym and a definition.

Most acronyms in our profession are very straightforward -- one letter, one word. This is unlike the computer sciences, where you'll find recursive acronyms (for example, Linux stands for Linux Is Not Unix).

In general, our acronyms over 3 letters long are said like words -- TEFL sounds a bit like "teh-ful" -- while those 3 letters or less are spelled out -- EFL is E-F-L.