Glossary of terms relevent to the ESL profession. This glossary includes terms related to English, ESL, EFL, grammar,TESOL, TEFL, pedagogy, and jobs.

I took this ESL Education Glossary from BogglesWorldESL.com.  For my convenience and the source references listed.  It is a  glossary of terms from grammar to professional/education.  The links will go to the BooglesWorld ESL Glossary definition pages.

 

Aaccuracy

acquisition

acquisition-learning hypothesis

active voice

additive bilingualism

adjective clause

adverbial clause

affective feedback

affective filter

affective filter hypothesis

appositive

approach

articles

audiolingual method

aural learner

automatic processing

B

behavioralism

bottom-up

C

caretaker talk

chunk

clause

CELTA

CLT

cognitive feedback

collocates

communicative approach

comprehensible input

concordance

conditional

content-centered eduation

critical period hypothesis

D

dangling participle

de-lexicalized words

designer methods

direct method

E

EAP

EFL

embedded questions

error correction

ESL

ESOL

ESP

extrinsic motivation

Ffaulty parallelism

first conditional

fluency

fossilization

functional English

functional syllabus

G

gerund

get it right from the beginning

get it right in the end

grammar translation method

grammatical morphemes

H

I

innatism

input hypothesis

instrumental motivation

interactionism

interlanguage

integrative motivation

intrinsic motivation

J

just listen

K

L

L1

L2

learner-centered

learning

lexical approach

lexical phrase

lexis

limited bilingualism

listen for the gist

M

method

midnight run

misplaced modifier

modals

monitor hypothesis

monitor model

N

natural order hypothesis

nonrestrictive clauses

noun clause

O

P

participle

passive voice

past participle

perfect participle

phrasal verb

polyword

present participle

pragmatic competence

privates

QR

realiarecruiter

recruitment fee

rejoinder

restrictive clause

S

say what you mean

second conditional

sheltered instruction

silent way

skimming

split infinitive

structural syllabus

STT

student-centered

subjunctive mood

subordinate clause

subtractive bilingualism

syllabus

T

task

task-based learning

teacher-centered

teacher talk

teach what is teachable

TESL

TESOL

third conditional

TOEIC
TOEFL

top-down

total physical response

TPR

TTT

U

universal grammar

use usage

V

VESL

visual learners

W

Z

zero conditional

This glossary has been compiled from a variety of sources both in print and on-line, but the following five resources have been particularly insightful:

  • Brown, D. (1994), Teaching by Principles, Prentice Hall Regents.
  • Brown, D. (1994), Principles of Language Learning and Teaching, Prentice Hall Regents.
  • Lewis, Michael (1993), The Lexical Approach, Hove: Language Teaching Publications.
  • Lightbrown, P. and Spada, N. (1993), How Languages are Learned, Oxford University Press.
  • Nattinger, J. and DeCarrico, J. (1992), Lexical phrases and Language Teaching, Oxford University Press.

 

 

 
acquisition

acquisition-learning

hypothesis

active voice

additive bilingualism

adjective clause

adverbial clause

affective feedback

affective filter

affective filter hypothesis

appositive

approach

articles

audiolingual method

aural learner

automatic processing

 

Behavioralism

bottom-up

 

Caretaker talk

chunk

clause

CELTA

CLT

cognitive feedback

collocates

communicative approach

comprehensible input

concordance

conditional

content-centered eduation

critical period hypothesis

 

Dangling participle

de-lexicalized words

designer methods

direct method

 

EAP

EFL

embedded questions

error correction

ESL

ESOL

ESP

extrinsic motivation

 

 

Faulty parallelism

first conditional

fluency

fossilization

functional English

functional syllabus

Ggerund

get it right from the beginning

get it right in the end

grammar translation method

grammatical morphemes

H

Innatism

input hypothesis

instrumental motivation

interactionism

interlanguage

integrative motivation

intrinsic motivation

 

Just listen

 

K

 

L1

L2

learner-centered

learning

lexical approach

lexical phrase

lexis

limited bilingualism

listen for the gist

 

Method

midnight run

misplaced modifier

modals

monitor hypothesis

monitor model

 

Natural order hypothesis

nonrestrictive clauses

noun clause

 

O

 

Participle

passive voice

past participle

perfect participle

phrasal verb

polyword

present participle

pragmatic competence

privates

 

QRealia

recruiter

recruitment fee

rejoinder

restrictive clause

Say what you mean

second conditional

sheltered instruction

silent way

skimming

split infinitive

structural syllabus

STT

student-centered

subjunctive mood

subordinate clause

subtractive bilingualism

syllabus

 

Task

task-based learning

teacher-centered

teacher talk

teach what is teachable

TESL

TESOL

third conditional

TOEIC
TOEFL

top-down

total physical response

TPR

TTT

 

Universal grammar

use

usage

 

VESL

visual learners

 

W

 

Zero conditional

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