EFL Teaching Experience
How are EFL and ESL different?
Teaching for three years lead me to a lot of great ESL teaching resources, vocabulary builders, stories, practice sheets, arts and crafts. There are a lot of materials made each year for students of English as a Second Language.
Teaching in an immersion program, as I did in Korea and in Taiwan showed me the impressive gains students can make in such a program. I had students who were ten years old, but had been studying English for six, even seven years. They were able to out-perform their ten year old counterparts in the US on spelling tests, and work their way through grammar books above their grade level.
However, these same students would speak Chinglish, a kind of pidgin English that was one part Chinese, one part English. English as a second language is ideal for students who may lag in the classroom, but have ample opportunity to use English socially with their peers. English as a Foreign Language has all language learners trying to absorb the langauge in an environment where none of the speakers has mastery of the language. Immersion language programs are an ideal way to learn. The end goal of langauge learning is to interact socially with appropriate language.