English for speakers of other languages

Language education and migration

Authored by: James Simpson

The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415747394
eBook ISBN: 9781315676203
Adobe ISBN: 9781317384472


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The teaching and learning of English for adults who are migrants to English-dominant countries (e.g. the UK, Australia, Canada, the US) is most commonly known as English for speakers of other languages (ESOL, the term used in this chapter), and also as ESL (English as a second language). This chapter is about ESOL practice and, in particular, the need to understand the social, political and individual factors that impinge on such practice. The chapter is not principally concerned with English as a foreign language (EFL), taught to and learnt by people in parts of the world which are not English-dominant and, in those parts which are, by people who are not ‘here to stay’.

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