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Learn English Online | Explaining EFL and ESL
EFL (English as a foreign language) and ESL (English as a second language) are terms are most commonly used in relation to teaching and learning English.

What is the difference between teaching and learning English as a Foreign Language and English as a Second Language?

Firstly, EFL (English as a foreign language) is essentially a UK term whereas ESL (English as a second language) is an American term.
Beyond that, a distinction is made between teaching English to non-native speakers in a non-English speaking country (EFL) and teaching English to non-native speakers in an English-speaking country (ESL).
This distinction does not seem to be well observed, and many British teachers use EFL as a blanket term whereas many American teachers use ESL as a blanket term.
The same of course applies to TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign language) and TESL (Teaching English as a second language).
ESL and EFL teaching and learning approaches differ in significant ways.
ESL is based on the premise that English is the language of the community and the school and that students have access to English models.
EFL is usually learned in environments where the language of the community and the school is not English.
EFL teachers have the difficult task of finding access to and providing English models for their students.
As the number of ESL students has increased in schools across North America, more classrooms and school have become more like EFL than ESL environments.

Difficulties in learning English

Language teaching practice often assumes that most of the difficulties that learners face in the study of English are a consequence of the degree to which their native language differs from English.
A native speaker of Chinese, for example, may face many more difficulties than a native speaker of German, because German is more closely related to English than Chinese is.
This may be true for anyone of any mother tongue (also called first language, normally abbreviated L1) setting out to learn any other language (called a target language, second language or L2).
ESL and EFL students may vary widely in their first language literacy skills.
Some ESL and EFL learners have had very little learning experience in their first languages.
Others have lived, learned and worked in English speaking countries for many years and have well developed language skills.
Beyond the need for 'survival English', many of these ESL and EFL students will continue their learning in community colleges, colleges or universities and need academic ESL and EFL classes on how to write research papers or give presentations.

English learning and tutorials online

Also known as web learning or internet learning.

The modern internet provides a massive resource for learning English online, both in EFL and ESL formats. There are many, many websites purporting to deliver comprehensive and structured English learning lesson plans and courses. Many sites actually deliver inaccurate or woefully thin content. English Learning Tools offer a good selection of free online english learning tutorials, online english games and quizzes, online dictionaries and idiom examples. Other online learning services include:

Learn English Online with EFL / ESL Lesson Plans for Beginner to Advanced levels. Learn English on the internet with fun tutorials, animations, transcripts, MP3s and more.

Nov 112013

A short informative English Learning Online Video – Perfume

Dior, Chanel, Estée Lauder – popular perfume brands around the world. But what do you really know about “Perfume”?

Perfume has been used for thousands of years with its origins in ancient Eygpt. Egyptians first used perfume during their religious rituals, as they burned incense and herbs and applied scented oils to their skin. Egyptians also invented glass and bottled perfurme for the first time in about 1000 BC.

From Egypt the use of perfume spread into the neighboring Islamic world, Greece and Rome. Following the fall of the the Roman Empire, perfume use declined.

During the 17th century perfumes popularity rose once more and gained further popularity through the court of the French king, Louis XV. At this time perfume makers were busy creating scents to be worn in what would later be called “the perfumed court”.

In the 18th century a new invention “eau de cologne” also gained popularity as it was used to add to bathwater, mix with wine, use as a mouthwash and even inject under the skin.

Huge changes arrived in the 19th century when chemists created a variety of new fragrances. Many fragrance houses (companies) were established in Europe. In 1872 the Crown perfumery was founded and Queen Victoria allowed an image of her crown to be displayed on the perfumes bottle.

It was in 1921 when a fashion deisgner named Gabrielle Chanel launched her own perfume and called it “Chanel No 5”. Today, more than 30,000 designer perfumes are being sold worlwide.

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