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English as an additional language

English as an additional language is used to refer to the learning of English by speakers of other languages. The term is commonly abbreviated to EAL and is effectively synonymous with ESL (English as a Second Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language).

Some people believe that EAL is more politically correct than ESL as it avoids the apparent assumption that English would always be the second language to be taught following one's native language, but defenders of the use of ESL point out that the expansion has always been "English as a second language", so that "second" here simply means secondary or subordinate.

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External links

Internet ESL Journal
Activities for ESL Students
Teacher Resources

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