Glossary of TEFL Acronyms
NNS - Non-Native Speaker:
The acronym NNS is far more common in academic writing than in speech. When reading aloud, you'd actually say non-native speaker
and not NNS
. A NNS of English is a person who learned English after gaining a native command of their mother tongue.
Note that NNS does not give any qualitative information about the upper level of fluency or ability of the speaker's non-native language. A NNS of English could be indistinguishable from a NS
This term does seem to imply a threshhold lower level of ability, though. Opinions vary, but if the operative term is speaker
, then this implies a distinction between a NNS and an L2
learner who has just started.