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English as a Second Language (ESL) is generally English that individuals must learn, in addition to another language they speak, to take part in the life of their country. An example might be Spanish-speaking Mexican Americans who learn English in the United States.
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) is usually the English learned by individuals who have no other contact with the language. For example, many adult Chinese are today learning English as a foreign language.
English for Special Purposes (ESP) is usually designed to give some specific English skills in, for example, trades, business or other professions.

A World Language

This chapter introduces the scope of international English.


Competence aims in focus:

The aims of the studies are to enable pupils to

  • give examples of other varieties of English than those that are used in the Anglo-American core area, and reflect on their distinctive character
  • give an account of fundamental principles for constructing texts in a variety of genres
  • give an account of fundamental features of English usage and linguistic structure

(Translation: udir.no)


Introduction: Worlds of English [08:40]
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Here, There and Everywhere [11:29]
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Varieties of English [08:16]
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Ages of English: Timeline (BBC)


Varieties of English (E.L. Easton)


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