ESL / EFL / EIL / ELF

E.S.L.: English as a second language, meaning students will be speaking English outside of the classroom.  Think of exchange students as the most obvious examples.

E.F.L.: English as a foreign language, meaning students only speak English in the classroom, and rarely outside of it.  Think of non-English major Korean students like the ones I teach here in lurvely Daegu.

E.I.L.: English as an international language, a newer acronym which implies English is going to be spoken in almost all situations where a second language is required.

E.L.F.: English as lingua franca, which is similar to E.I.L. but implies a situation where two people who need to communicate are forced to use English.  Sort of the pessimistic / somewhat less colonial version of E.I.L.

And this, friends, is how I spent my Saturday.  I do feel like I’m making progress though, and I’ve read some pretty interesting, albeit dry, papers on this stuff.

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One Response to ESL / EFL / EIL / ELF

  1. Nona says:

    Apanerptly this is what the esteemed Willis was talkin’ ’bout.

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