IATEFL ES(O)L Special Interest Group

The ES(O)L SIG was set up in 2002 to provide a forum for teachers who teach English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and English as a Second Language (ESL).   Our main interest is the provision of English language learning for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers who have come to settle in countries where English is a national language, e.g. the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
While we share many aspects of methodology and teaching and learning with general ELT, the backgrounds of our learners and the contexts in which they learn English do differ and can affect classroom priorities.  For example, learners need a focus on everyday language so they can communicate with their child’s school, access housing and find a job.  Another example is the fact that some of our learners are not literate in their first language.  This has a major impact on their language learning.


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