Learning English

You have heard of learning English as another language.  You have heard different terms to describe them.  What is the difference between EFL/ESL?

Essentially English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) is the same thing.  The difference comes from where you are.  If you are learning English in a country where English is an official language, they call it ESL there.  If you are learning English in a country where English is not an official language, they call it EFL.

Here at GrowMe4IT we believe EFL is a better term because it has a more general term.  Further, pun intended, if you already know German and Swahili, how can we teach you English as a second language?  You already speak two languages, so we would need to teach you English as a third language! ;)  Therefore, we think of teaching you English as a Foreign Language instead.

As you learn English, there are key aspects of the language that you must learn.  Those aspects are meaning, form, pronunciation and appropriacy.  Once you start learning about those aspects, you may want to know how proficient you are.   We use the Common European Framework for Reference Languages (CEFR) to determine how well you speak English.

Meaning

Meaning

When learning English, meaning is the broad category that includes vocabulary.  Learn more about meaning here.

Form

Form

When learning English, form is the broad category that includes grammar.  Learn more about form here.

Pronunciation

Pronunciation

When learning English, is important to say words correctly.  Learn more about pronunciation here.

Appropriacy

Appropriacy

When learning English, appropriacy is about using the right tone, body langauge, and speaking style that is appropriate for the situation you are in.  Learn more about appropriacy here.

 

CEFR

CEFR

The Common European Framework for Reference Languages (CEFR) is the framework GrowMe4IT uses for describing and assessing your English abilitities.