About.com estimates that over 1 billion people are currently learning English worldwide. According to the British Council, as of the year 2000 there were 750 million English as a Foreign language [EFL] speakers. In addition, there were 375 million English as a Second Language [ESL] speakers.
“The difference between the two groups amounts to English as a Foreign Language speakers using English occasionally for business or pleasure, while English as a Second Language speakers use English on a daily basis.”
And … “While ESL is required for those living and working in English speaking cultures such as the UK and USA, it is equally true that English is used as the lingua franca between nations where English is not the primary language. In a globalized world, the number of English learners around the world is only expected to further grow.”
As a supporter of English language learning worldwide through voice recording and publishing services, the Evoca team wanted to share acronyms commonly used in the TESOL field – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, also referred as Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language
TEFL -Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TESL – Teaching English as a Second Language Read more