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English as Second Language (ESL)

Speech

noun

the teaching of English to people who speak a different language and who live in a country where English is the main language spoken

Issues

Monolinguist, English-only speakers often refer to people who don't speak English natively as "ESL" or say they are learning a "second language". More often than not, this is not true, as many people are multi-lingual with 3 or more languages

Impact

It makes false assumptions about English learners, centres English as the "default" or "expected" first language, ignoring that many people learn multiple (>3), non-English languages first.

Alt Words

  • English as learning-language (ELL)
  • or non-native
  • or omit (because do you really know, for sure?)

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