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EFL:  English as a foreign language. Originally this term referred to non-native speakers who are learning English language in a non-native English environment, for example, Koreans, Chinese, and Japanese learning English in Korea, China, and Japan. This can be contrasted to ESL.

However, now ESL has become a standard term to mean learning English by a non-native speaker regardless of the environment.

Also, EFL is used more in Europe, whereas ESL is used more in Asia and North America.