Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of English Language Studies
EditorsPhilip Seargeant, Ann Hewings, Stephen Pihlaja
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter13
Pages199-211
ISBN (Electronic)9781351001724, 9781351001717
ISBN (Print) 9781138913455
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2018

Abstract

English is used by large numbers of people around the world. Arriving at an accurate estimate of just how many people speak English is a highly problematic enterprise, but a British Council report put the number of people who speak it at ‘a useful level’ at 1.75 billion (British Council 2013: 5), a figure which matches Crystal’s estimate of ‘in the direction of 2 billion’ (Crystal 2008: 5). The number of people who speak English as a first language (L1) is estimated by Ethnologue (Lewis et al. 2016) at 339 million, so approximately 1.66 billion people in the world use it as a second (L2) or foreign language. TESOL, or Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages, is the area of English studies which serves the needs of such learners. This area is also sometimes known as English Language Teaching (ELT), Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

With a focus on the learning and teaching of English, TESOL has traditionally had an affinity for areas of applied linguistics and has been less influenced by literary studies, or by work which is primarily descriptive. However, within that focus, a broad range of activities are included under the TESOL umbrella. An indication of this breadth can be seen in the special interest groups within the professional organisation also called TESOL (TESOL International Association n.d.). Members of the organisation have formed 21 such groups to address topics as diverse as intensive English programmes, second language writing, teacher education, materials writing, intercultural communication and social responsibility.

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  • TESOL, English Education

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). / Pecorari, Diane.

The Routledge Handbook of English Language Studies. ed. / Philip Seargeant; Ann Hewings; Stephen Pihlaja. London : Routledge, 2018. p. 199-211.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review