Where do most ESOL students come from?
ESOL students may include international visa students, immigrants, and permanent residents as well as naturalized and native born citizens of the United States and Canada. We have had students from China, South Korea, Kenya, Vietnam, Nepal, the Republic of Georgia, Romania, Bosnia, Colombia, Nigeria, Lithuania, France, Scotland and Germany. With students from all over the world, the ESOL program vibrantly supports the diversity on campus.
I am an international student, and I studied at an English-medium high school. Is it necessary that I sign up for the ESOL class?
Many international students who come to Hamilton have studied in English-speaking environments. However, most of them feel a need to learn the standard academic English expected in American college classrooms. Students in the ESOL program acknowledge and appreciate classes, tutorials and workshops offered. Most professors strongly recommend non-native speakers to work with ESOL writing tutors in writing their essays and papers.
Why is the acronym ESOL now instead of ESL?
Non-native English speakers are often no longer learning English as their second language. To many, English may be their third, fourth or fifth language. In respect to their knowledge and skills, the terminology has changed, and thus, the acronym.
What are some of the acronyms used in English language learning?
|L1||Primary language learner|
|L2||Second language learner|
|NES||Native English speaker|
|ELL||English language learner|
|ESL||English as a second language (NNS living in U.S.)|
|ESOL||English for speakers of other languages
(Multilingual NNS in US, NNS outside U.S.)
|EFL||English as a foreign language|
|ESLL||English as a second language learner|
|ELI||English Language Instruction (or Institute)|
|SLEP||Secondary Level English Proficiency|
|TAST||TOEFL Academic Speaking Test (Int-Adv levels)|
|TOPE||Test of Professional English|
|TOEFL||Test of English as a Foreign Language|
|TOEIC||Test of English for International Communication|
|TEDE||Test of English for Distance Education|
|TFI||Test de Francais International (NNFS in workplace)|