ESOL & EFL: Whats the difference?

One of the problems I had when first entering the English language learning field in the UK was making a clear distinction between ESOL and EFL. On the surface the difference seems clear, ESOL is for foreign students resident in the UK whereas EFL is for foreign visitors to the country looking to enhance their English skills. Recently, I stumbled on a report written back in 2007 titled ESOL and EFL: An Unhelpful Distinction? written by E. & A. Williams. The report presents an in-depth historical overview of both ESOL and EFL, highlighting the key differences between each strand. As the title of the article suggests the authors go on to recommend that ESOL and EFL  should be amalgamated. Whether you agree with this recommendation or not, the article is an informative read.

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