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English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

English as a Second Language (ESL), also called English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), refers to English used by a person who had acquired at least one other language before learning English. The term is often used in educational settings and in reports that provide demographic information. There is an increasing ESL population in the world as a result of colonialism, immigration, and economic and technological advancements led by English-speaking people. Language and English language policy ...

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