If you want to know the difference between ESL and EFL then you’ve read the right post!

EFL means English as a Foreign Language

ESL stands for English as Second language

Aside from the obvious difference in their acronym meanings, these are two totally different approaches to learning English. Both will need different lessons plans, classroom approaches and teaching strategies.

 

EFL Teacher ESL Teacher
teaching takes place in a foreign/ a non-English speaking country takes place in an English speaking country
students are from the same country students are from different countries/backgrounds
the student needs to learn right away: it doesn’t actually matter, you need effective strategies to keep the students focused on the lessons the student needs to learn right away:  basic English
slower and careful pace of learning: it doent actually matter, you need effective strategies to keep the students focused on the lessons slower and careful pace of learning: English grammar
teaching English as a Foreign Language teaching English as a Primary Language

 

Approaches to teaching English

 

ESL EFL
Hands-On Lessons English Exercises: Speaking, Written, Reading Listening
Introduction and Submersion to Culture Exposure to English resources and settings; not just confined at classroom settings
Assist to numerous programs to help your students in reaching their goals for studying English provide motivation for your students to learn English

 

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