What’s the Difference Between ESL, EFL, ESOL, ELL, and ESP?

Even those of us who are within the teaching profession may not be clear on the difference between the acronyms that have surfaced to describe our jobs. When I first heard about the profession of teaching English to speakers of other languages, I heard it referred to as “ESL.” Since that time (which was about 13 years ago), other acronyms have been brought to my consciousness (e.g., EFL, ESOL, and ELL) that are essentially getting at the same thing, but they’re used with the intention of providing more distinction between the different learning environments.

To hear Heidi explain the difference between those acronyms, watch the following video [continued at ReadingHorizons.com]

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