by Colin McIntosh
The Cambridge English Dictionary is constantly being updated and expanded to reflect the interests of our users. One area of particular interest to our users is that of English Language Teaching (ELT), and a number of ELT terms have recently been added to the dictionary.
We’ve added some of the words that learners of English might be puzzling over in their quest to find the best way to achieve proficiency. There are the acronyms:
- EAP (English for Academic Purposes: the teaching of English to speakers of other languages who need English to study at a college or university);
- ESP (English for specific/special purposes: the teaching of English for use in a particular area of activity, for example, business or science);
- ESL (English as a Second Language: the teaching of English to speakers of other languages who live in a country where English is an official or important language);
- ESOL (English for speakers of other languages: used, especially in the UK, to refer to the teaching of English to students whose first language is not English, but who are living in an English-speaking country).