ESL VS. EFL
|Who Are ESL / EFL Learners?|
|How Are They Different?|
|How Can Technology Bridge the Gap between Them?|
|How Can Technology Improve Learning Quality in the EFL Environment?|
Who Is an EFL Learner?
|The English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learner is someone who is learning English Language in a country where English is not the official or the dominant language used by everybody.|
Who Is an ESL Learner?
|The English as a Second Language (ESL) learner is someone who is learning English in a country or area where English is the official or dominant language.|
How Are They Different?
|Level of Exposure to the English Language.|
|Effort Exerted by ESL / EFL Learners.|
|Effort Exerted by ESL / EFL Instructors.|
How Can Technology Bridge the Gap Between Them?
|Bringing the ESL Environment to EFL Learners:|
|Joining Communities of Practice, Such as Webheads|
|Vance’s Syllabus for Teaching Arabic.|
How Can Technology Improve Learning Quality in an EFL Environment?
|Using CMC Tools to Enforce Language Skills & Critical Thinking inside an EFL C-Lab:|
|Yahoo Messenger / Group Board|
|Different Ways of Using Web-blogs:|
|to Enforce Writing & Reading Skills.|
|To Enforce Independent Learning.|
|Using computer mediated communication is essential for EFL learners since it can help students enforce their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.|
|CMC tools can help educators create independent, productive learners, instead of "Consumers or Followers".|
|Educators and officials in countries that use old-school teaching and learning methods must take the move, immediately, to change their systems, enforcing and supporting the use of CALL in their schools.|