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What does ESOL stand for?

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. It’s aimed at non-native English speakers looking to validate their skills.

If your first language is not English but you are starting to learn English, you become an ESOL student!

ESOL students can come from completely different cultures and linguistic backgrounds. They can be young children whose parents want them to learn English from an early age, teenagers who want to study or work abroad or adults who wish to learn English in their spare time.

Non-native English speakers who live and work in English-speaking countries are ESOL students. If you are studying or working abroad in an English-speaking country, you may want to improve your English by taking an ESOL exam. An ESOL course is often perceived as more than just an education because it can help with people’s quality of life and their ability to carry out everyday tasks.

By taking an ESOL English course, you will be able to fully interact with people in your everyday life, whether that is when going to the supermarket or sorting out your banking. The communication barrier can often make things difficult, leading to misunderstandings. Therefore, an English course can help to simplify this by making your life easier whilst creating more opportunities for your future.

Around 80% of the world's population do not speak English, therefore they have to attend courses in schools, colleges and universities in their own non-English speaking country. The problem is that not all of their students are provided with the tools they need to develop the various skills needed to be able to listen, speak, read, and write well. Your teachers need to build bridges between the classroom and the outside world.

At this point I want to say that there are established language academies that take all of these things into account in order to give their students the opportunity to learn English in an English environment and that offer as many tools as possible to help their students do well and learn quickly. Team English is a great example of this. Why? Because at Team English you can:

  • Reinforce listening exercises

  • Learn new words and expressions and expand your vocabulary

  • Speak with English native speakers

  • Read lots of articles and texts from the real world

  • Develop your writing skills

  • Develop your speaking skills through social activities and small classes

The power of language can sometimes be underestimated, however being able to communicate and convey your thoughts and ideas is integral to survival. Miscommunication creates space for error and therefore taking an ESOL course opens the pathway to success.

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