A Composition By Any Name
I don't know about you-but I dislike acronyms. Yes, I know they've a benefit element but they also appear to me to be possibly scary, redolent of George Orwell's Newspeak. Our area has its fair share of these and woe betide anybody who uses one incorrectly. Whenever you mean ESOL or TESOL never, as an example, say ESL or TESL. Why? because you might inadvertently offend a learner by referring to ESL (English as an additional language) when the learner might be considered a speaker of several languages with English some way down the pecking order: it is politically more correct to refer to English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Therefore important has this distinction become that the large hand of officialdom in britain today involves people seeking British citizenship to show that they've at least ESOL Entry-level 3 in the national 'skills for life' curriculum (unusual distinction, after all we hardly need 'skills for death ~'~~). Discover new info on an affiliated website - Click here: http://marymorrisseyblog.com/ investigation. Exam boards now dutifully provide ESOL qualifications that seem to have surpassed the old EFL records, making English as a foreign-language somehow less relevant.
Therefore have EFL and TEFL lost status? Not exactly, but they suggest using English in international situations, probably among speakers. They still obtain a try, but to teach English as a 'foreign' language requires different emphases. For example, the teacher would be required by TESOL to pay attention to contexts and conditions that the individuals would meet in every day life within an Anglophone country. TEFL, on-the other hand, suggests a direction towards travel and global conditions. I do not question that these variations have their uses but the difficulty is that you can view the prospect of a number of new acronyms on the horizon. Once we will begin to show EIL (English as an international language) or EIB (English for international business)? I had cheerfully settle for good, old-fashioned ELT (English language teaching)..