Glossary

ACCREDITAT: Accreditat is an International TESOL/TEFL accreditation body. Please note: There is no central awarding body for TESOL/TEFL qualifications and therefore I strongly recommend doing thorough research before committing to a TESOL/TEFL course!

ANDI: Andi Bear! Andi bear is the blue mascot for Landi English (An online ESL company).

ASSIGNED OPERATOR: This is a Landi term for the Landi staff member who will support you throughout your Landi career.

BJT: Beijing Time. This is the Official National standard time of China. Also known as CST. (GMT + 8).

CC: Course Consultant. A course consultant is a member of the Landi team who communicate with potential students and helps them to schedule an Experience lesson.

CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. A comprehensive framework of language proficiency.  

CELTA: Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. Administered by ​Cambridge English based in England. This acronym refers to a specific, branded TEFL certificate course. Practitioners with a CELTA can continue their studies by completing ​the DELTA program.

CLIL: Content and Language Integrated Learning

CST: China Standard Time. This is the Official National standard time of China. Also known as BJT. (GMT + 8).

DING: Dingtalk. Dingtalk is an enterprise Communication and Collaboration platform developed by Alibaba Group. It it the primary communication tool for Landi staff and teachers.

EAL: English as an ​additional ​language. Used to account for learners who are multilingual. It recognizes that English might be the learner's third, fourth, etc. language.

EAP: English for academic purposes.

EIAL: English as an international auxiliary language.
 
EIL: English as an international language.

EFL: English as a foreign language. English language programs in non-English-speaking countries where English is not used as the lingua franca. It is also used in some U.S. university programs where international students study English and are likely to return to their home countries after graduation or finishing course work.

EL: English learner. This acronym is being used more often to refer to a student in an ESL or EFL program. Compare to ELL.

ELA: English language acquisition. Occasionally confused with English Language Arts, this acronym recognizes that for some people, English is not a second language. It could be a third, fourth. etc.

ELD: English language development.

ELF: English as a lingua franca.

ELL: English language learner. ​Often used to refer to a student in an ESL or EFL program.

ELP: English language proficiency.

ELT: English language teaching.

ENL: English as a ​new ​language. This acronym recognizes that some learners know more than two or three languages. It is the U.S.-based National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification acronym of choice.

ESL: English as a second language. English language programs in English-speaking countries where students learn English as a second language.

ESOL: English to speakers of other languages. Used to describe elementary and secondary English language programs. It is also used to designate classes within adult basic education programs. Similar to EAL, it recognizes that many students know multiple languages.
 
EXP: Experience Teacher. This is a Landi term used to describe a Teacher who delivers 'experience' (taster) lessons. Experience teachers typically teach a handful of lessons to different students every week.

H5: H5 was a browser-based ESL teaching platform by Landi English. Development of the platform stopped in 2019, and its students migrated back to Landi's 1.0 platform.

IELTS: International English Language Testing System. An international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. The test is jointly developed and administered by the British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment, and IDP Education, and is used by most Australian, Canadian, British, and New Zealand institutions of higher education.

IEP: Intensive English program. Usually refers to a university program designed to help students improve their English before matriculating.
 
L2: Second language.

LEP: Limited English proficient. Often used to describe the language skills of students in ESL or EFL programs. This term was more widely used in the past and is sometimes still used in policy and legislation. However, this acronym has fallen out of favor because it is based on a deficit model of language learning.

ON-CALL OP: On-call Operator. The On-call operator is the Landi staff member who will assist you with urgent questions and issues in your Dingtalk group. Your On-call operator may change throughout the week.

REG: Regular Teacher. A Landi term used to describe a teacher who teaches the Landi curriculum. Regular teachers typically have bound students.

RSA: Royal Society of Arts. Partner in the Oxford Cambridge RSA group, which administers a variety of exams for lifelong learning.

SANDI: Sandi Bear! Sandi bear is the pink mascot for Landi English (An online ESL company).

SC: Student Consultant. This is a Landi term for a member of the Landi team who is responsible for the Landi Subject English students.

SIOP: Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol. A research-based model of instruction that help teachers plan and deliver lessons.  

SLA: Second language acquisition.

TEFL: Teaching English as a foreign language. Often used to refer to teacher education programs in EFL.

TESL: Teaching English as a second language. Often used to refer to teacher education programs in ESL.

TESOL: Teaching English to speakers of other languages. A professional activity that requires specialized training. It is also used to refer to TESOL International Association, as well as its signature event, the annual TESOL international convention.

TiME: TiME-HR. This is a Landi term for any member of the Landi Human Resource team who are responsible for salary calculations and the monitoring of teacher performance. The TiME Team will assess a teachers performance and will use their assessment in their evaluation of a teacher, which will be used for contract renewal, or termination.

TOEFL: Test of English as a ​foreign ​language. A standardized test developed by ETS (formerly Educational Testing Service) used to measure the English language ability of nonnative-English-speaking students applying to U.S. institutions of higher education.

TOEIC: Test of English for International Communication. A language test designed ETS (formerly Educational Testing Service) to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment.

WIDA: no longer an acronym, but still an important part of second language development and standards.

UCLES: The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate. (UCELS), now Cambridge Assessment and includes Cambridge English Language Assessment, Cambridge International Examinations, and Oxford Cambridge RSA. All are based in the United Kingdom.

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