['i: 'es 'el] = /ˈi: ˈes ˈel/
ESL means “English as a second language”. People usually use the word ESL to talk about teaching English to people who do not speak English. Usually, ESL teaching happens in an English-speaking country. Often, ESL students are people who came to live in an English-speaking country, and do not speak English very well.
If we talk about teaching or learning English in a country where English is not spoken, we usually use the word “EFL”, but “ESL” is sometimes used, too.
Here are some example phrases with the word ESL:
- an ESL website
- Laura is an excellent ESL student.
- Most ESL teachers are native speakers.
- Paul goes to an advanced ESL class.
- The book is full of boring ESL quizzes and activities.
- He was reading an ESL magazine.