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    ESL, EFL, TESL, TEFL, TESOL, ESOL

    What do ESL, EFL, TESL, TEFL, TELSOL, and ESOL mean? I've seen it a lot on this site, and I'm still not sure what exactly it means.

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    ESL = English as a Second Language
    EFL = English as a Foreign Language
    TESL = Teaching English as a Second Language
    TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language
    TESOL = Teachers of (or Teaching) English to Speakers of Other Languages
    ESOL = English for Speakers of Other Languages

    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    Smile Re: ESL, EFL, TESL, TEFL, TESOL, ESOL

    ...and it all mean the same thing, isn´t it? I got earned my TEFL certificate few months ago and I find it very useful.

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    Re: ESL, EFL, TESL, TEFL, TESOL, ESOL

    Quote Originally Posted by fargo2971 View Post
    ...and it all means the same thing, doesn´t it? I got/earned (one or the other, not both) my TEFL certificate few months ago and I find it very useful.
    Bhai.

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    Re: ESL, EFL, TESL, TEFL, TESOL, ESOL

    I have a minor in ESL, I recieved ten years ago. Do I need to a seperate TESL or TEFL cerificate to teach in Hong Kong?

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    Re: ESL, EFL, TESL, TEFL, TESOL, ESOL

    The differences are not that great, and in some cases regional - ESL is more used in the US and ESOL in the UK and, I think, Australia, though both refer to learning the language in a country where it is spoken, while EFL is used for learning it where it is not spoken. If you can teach one, you can teach the other IMO.

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