are essentially the same job-teaching english
to students who need to learn it as their second or third, fourth language.
However, there are distinctions between the two.
The main differences between efl
are first, the students who are being taught, and second, the location where english
is being taught to speakers of other languages.
as a Second Language (esl
) teaching refers to teaching english
in a country where english
is already the main or official language. The united states
are the major locations to teach esl
as a Foreign Language (efl
) is teaching english
in countries where english
in not a language of majority. South Korea, japan
and Taiwan are the efl
students may vary widely in their first-language literacy skills. Some esl
learners had very little schooling in their first languages. Others have lived and worked in english
speaking countries for many years and have well-developed language skills. Beyond the need for "survival english
," many of these esl
students will continue their education in community colleges, colleges or universities and need academic esl
classes on how write research papers or give presentations.
students study english
in their own country, as part of academic requirements in their school systems, or in preparation for travel or study in an english
-speaking country. efl
students have years of grammar and vocabulary practice, but often need help with their listening, speaking and writing (the production skills). teachers
are needed at all grade levels in public schools, in colleges and universities, and in private language institutes. There are also opportunities to work in the corporate setting teaching business efl
to workers who will travel to english
-speaking countries or serve english
In an efl
setting, intrinsic motivation can be low, and english
may not seem relevant to the students since it is not part of their daily lives. In many cases, they may be required to study english
for a test or because it is a compulsory part of the curriculum.
In an esl
classroom, students are likely to have a higher intrinsic motivation because english
is relevant to their daily lives. By being in the target language community, they have more opportunity to use english
and see immediate results from using it. The typical students in my esl
classes wanted to learn english
for personal reasons, such as to communicate with a variety of people from other countries, or they wanted to learn the language for professional reasons, perhaps to get a better job.
However we are talking about all the differences between esl
, but for us, the difference between the terms used is not as important as the difference that teachers
make in the classroom, regardless of whether they are esl
. The teachers
’ vision and dedication are the real difference.
And throughout this course, we had time to face the learner side and consider more of students’ view. We had little struggle with some units but still we got through it.
We would like to say thank to our tutor
Peter, and we will bring those useful information and comments we learned. Thank you.
Ilyoung Kim and Hyunah Kim