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Acronyms in English Education

As an English teacher from Canada living overseas I am often asked if I teach ESL. I actually teach EFL and there is a simple explanation in that ESL (which is English as a Second Language) is when English is learned and taught in a country that is an English speaking country. On the other hand EFL, (English as a Foreign Language) is taught and learned in non-English speaking countries. So, learning English in Japan would be EFL and learning English in Canada would be ESL. There have been comments that many students of English in ESL programs already are in possession of a second language, however the “a” in ESL negates that argument. An acronym that has grown in common use, particularly in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, is ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

When educators are studying to become an English language teacher, there are several options to the student of language pedagogy. An organization named TESOL which means Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, was formed in the mid 1960’s in America and is now designated an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) by the United Nations is dedicated to English language pedagogy. However TESOL also means Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. There are even degrees in TESOL offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. There is also TEFL, Teaching English as a Foreign Language and TESL Teaching English as a Second Language that may even be offered at the certificate or diploma levels. There is also the CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) and CTEFLA (the Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults) replaced the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) Certificate. In addition to the American based TESOL that is an NGO, many groups also implement the acronym in their organizations where language teachers support them, such as KoTESOL (Korea TESOL) and CamTESOL (Cambodia TESOL).

As for testing the abilities of the students of English, there are several. The biggest that is put on by ETS (Educational Testing Service) is TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) that is the largest English norm-referenced test, and within the TOEFL it has its own acronym within which is the TWE (Test of Written English). And, the TOEFL has several versions, the CBT (Computer Based TOEFL), the iBT (internet Based TOEFL) and the PBT (the Paper Based TOEFL). The other major language test that ETS puts on is the TOEIC (Test Of English for International Communication). There are several other testing options available and they include the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), the YELT (York English Language Test) and MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery).

Continuing Education

The most successful Internet businesspeople know the value of continuing education. For many, the term “continuing education” brings to mind college classrooms and long bookstore lines. However, the wisest Internet entrepreneurs see education in their everyday lives. They learn from their mistakes, draw on the success of others, and rely heavily on those around them.

Learn, Don’t Blame

Unsuccessful people will blame everyone else for their lack of failure instead of taking a harder look at themselves and their own methodology. “Internet millionaires learn a lesson from the things that don’t work,” says Matt Bacak, a successful Internet entrepreneur who coaches others in business and marketing strategy. “They use that education to better their efforts.” If you want to be successful, you need to turn every loss into a win. Every mistake is an opportunity for education.

Attend Seminars

Business-oriented seminars are held often in nearly ever city in the country. Attending seminars gives you the latest, up-to-date information on what is working for others, what isn’t, and what trends are hottest. They also provide an excellent opportunity for networking with other entrepreneurs.

“I go to a lot of marketing seminars,” Bacak says. “I know that the key to my business is marketing and I know that I can never learn too much. My most valuable learning experiences have come from seminars. If a seminar only gives you one nugget of information, one viable idea, it can make you money. That’s worthwhile.”

Model Success Stories

Why reinvent the wheel? Thousands of successful businesspeople have come before you, and they have a wealth of knowledge to impart. “Internet millionaires model other Internet millionaires,” says Bacak. “They apply the approaches of those they admire to their own products.” Tried and true techniques already exist. The smartest entrepreneurs are those who aren’t closed off to the methods of others. By buying products or subscribing to newsletters published by businesspeople who already have a proven record of success, you can learn to adapt your own methods to model theirs.

Build a Team

“You can’t do this alone,” says Bacak. “You have to have faith in yourself, and you have to have drive. But you also have to have faith in others.” Bacak says that it is essential to build a solid team around yourself, consisting of peers, friends and family. “Getting rich is a team sport,” he explains. “I did not get to where I am today all by myself.”

Why Education Is Important

Education refers to the systematic process of gaining knowledge and skills through study and instructions. The person providing the instruction is known as teachers. And, the person who receives knowledge is called a student. It is important because it is used to mitigate most of the challenges faced in life.

Education, if looked at beyond its conventional boundaries, forms the very essence of all our actions.

It is a very vital tool that is used in the contemporary world to succeed.

The knowledge that is attained helps open doors to a lot of opportunities for better prospects in career growth. Education is not all about studying and getting good marks. It is a means to discover new things and increase our knowledge. An educated person has the ability to differentiate between right and wrong. It is the foremost responsibility of a society to educate its citizens.

Focus should be on women’s education because the knowledge and empowerment of one woman can bring about a change in a family and even the society as a whole. It is said,” You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”

A person becomes perfect with education as he is not only gaining something from it, but also contributing to the growth of a nation. We must aim to ensure that each citizen of our nation is educated and independent.

An educated person is an asset for any country. We must realize the importance of education. In today’s world, human capital is considered the best national resource. On one hand, he can explore better opportunities for himself, and on the other hand, the entire nation would get benefited from his works. We must realize its importance. The power to change the mindset of people is Education.

Developing a country needs awareness and practicality. What is the use if we are educated, yet are not able to apply our knowledge? Even people with high grades are not able to answer a simple question like ‘Who is the President of India?’. People get educated to develop themselves. Awareness and usage of person’s brain brings about 85% of development… education brings the rest! It results in raising income, improving health, promoting gender equality, mitigating climate change, and reducing poverty. In short, it has the power to make the world a better place. These days the concept of day boarding is also getting up. It helps parents to continue their jobs and children can get the best education at the school and they can develop as a better person.