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ESL/EFL Glossary: A Guide to applied linguistics terminology.


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ESL:  English as a second language. Originally this term referred to non-native speakers who are learning English language in an English language environment, for example, immigrants to the U.K., Canada, or the U.S. This can be contrasted to EFL.

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