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    What is ESL EFL TESL TEFL TESOL ESOL stand for???

    Hi all,

    could any one explain me, what r these shortcut stand for ??

    EFL
    TESL
    TEFL
    TESOL
    ESOL

    Thanks

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    ESL = English as a Second Language
    EFL = English as a Foreign Language
    TESL = Teacher of English as a Second Language
    TEFL = Teacher of English as a Foreign Language
    TESOL = Teacher of English as a Second or Other Language
    ESOL = English as a Second or Other Language

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    ESL = English as a Second Language
    EFL = English as a Foreign Language

    8)
    Forgive my ignorance here, but if English was your second language, wouldn't that make it a foreign language? Aren't the two titles above the same? </confused> :?

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    You've got a good point. I think the distinction is that in some countries it (English) would not be considered a foreign language.

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    P.S. Here is how Red recently answered the same question.

    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 answered the question based on my memory, which obviously is not always perfect.

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    Apart from what Ronbee said (that in some countries English is a foreign language and in others it's a second language), I think it might also have something to do with teaching methods.

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    The basic distinction is that it is a foreign language for non-resident learners and a second language (or additional) for resident learners.

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    Re: What is ESL EFL TESL TEFL TESOL ESOL stand for???

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
    Hi all,

    could any one explain me, what r these shortcut stand for ??

    • EFL
    • TESL
    • TEFL
    • TESOL
    • ESOL

    Thanks
    Shortcuts may be termed abbreviations:-

    EFL : English as foreign language.

    TESL : Teachers of English to speakers of other language
    or
    Teaching English to speakers of other language

    TEFL : Teachers of English as Foreign language
    or
    Teaching English as Foreign language.


    TESOL is same as TESL

    ESOL is same as ESL.

    I am not a teacher of English. Just someone who loves the language.


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    Re: What is ESL EFL TESL TEFL TESOL ESOL stand for???

    Sociolinguists must use the term differently from ESL teachers.
    I think I made this point in the last thread - not sure.
    To a linguist, a second language is a language that is widely spoken in the community, but not one's native language, such as a native Hindi speaker learning English in India, or a Hokkien speaker learning English in Singapore.
    English is not "foreign" in these countries.
    A foreign language to this same person would be something not spoken as a widely functional language in their country, such as Spanish or Irish.

    In largely monolingual countries like Australia, almost everything except English is a foreign language.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Sociolinguists must use the term differently from ESL teachers.
    I think I made this point in the last thread - not sure.
    To a linguist, a second language is a language that is widely spoken in the community, but not one's native language, such as a native Hindi speaker learning English in India, or a Hokkien speaker learning English in Singapore.
    English is not "foreign" in these countries.
    A foreign language to this same person would be something not spoken as a widely functional language in their country, such as Spanish or Irish.

    In largely monolingual countries like Australia, almost everything except English is a foreign language.
    These makes it all clear to me now, thanks! I dont remember the course director having discussed the difference between this two important words during out TEFL course.

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