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English as a Second Language Achievement Test  

BT  English language—Examinations

English language—Study and teaching—Foreign speakers  

UF  EFL (Language study)

      English as a foreign language

      English as a second language

      English language—Study and teaching—Foreign students [Former heading]

      English to speakers of other languages

      ESL (Language study)

      ESOL (Language study)

      Teaching English as a second language

      TEFL (Language study)

      TESL (Language study)

English language—Study and teaching—Foreign speakers—Audio-visual aids  

NT English language—Films for foreign speakers

      English language—Films for French, [Spanish, etc.] speakers




English as a Second Language

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Scope Note

A traditional term for the use or study of the English language by non-native speakers in an English-speaking environment. That environment may be a country in which English is the mother tongue (e.g., Australia, the U.S.) or one in which English has an established role (e.g., India, Nigeria).

English as a Second Language (ESL or TESL) also refers to specialized approaches to language teaching designed for those whose primary language is not English.

English as a Second Language: An ESL student is one whose primary language or language of the home is other than English. The student is learning English as a secondary language, for integration into an English community.

It is also known as English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), English as an additional language (EAL), and English as a foreign language (EFL).


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