Alternative English Teaching Jargon From TEFLtastic
- advanced learner: a proficient user of a foreign language. One who can correct their teacher once or twice a term and still thinks it is clever to do so. A learner who could do so even more but has learnt that they are actually there to learn something and move up to the next level is defined as proficiency level.
- clause– Clauses are the largest grammatical unit smaller than a whole sentence. Not to be confused with ‘Klaus’, who is the man with the largest waistline ever to attempt to wear leather shorts. [Puts a new spin on Santa, doesn’t it?]
I was also pleased to see a couple of TEFL Logue-coined phrases included too (though I should point out that Alex came up with the definitions):
- Trinity-kins– Teachers fresh off the Trinity Certificate, with a innocent, childlike enthusiasm still in their eyes
CELToids– a new generation of impeccably-trained CELTA-trained pre-teaching machines ready to take over the world
Alex’s creativity got me thinking: Have I made any contributions to TEFL jargon?
No, not really, and I will come clean here too and admit it was a colleague who either coined or told me about “CELToids”. But here are a few runners-up:
There is also a recent list of great new English words, though they are not related to teaching English. Thanks to Alex for incorporating a little TEFL Logue-lese and do direct other EFL jargon to TEFLtastic.