ESL VS. EFL: Let's Bridge the Gap!

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Webheads' presentation for Global Learn Day VII, from Abu-Dhabi, UAE Petroleum Institute, (PI).

Webheads' presentation for Global Learn Day VII, from Abu-Dhabi, UAE Petroleum Institute, (PI).

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  • 1. 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?
    • Conclusion
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. How Are They Different?
    • Level of Exposure to the English Language.
    • Effort Exerted by ESL / EFL Learners.
    • Effort Exerted by ESL / EFL Instructors.
  • 5. 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.
        • My Experience
  • 6. How Can Technology Improve Learning Quality in an EFL Environment?
          • Using CMC Tools to Enforce Language Skills & Critical Thinking inside an EFL C-Lab:
            • Tapped In
            • Yahoo Messenger / Group Board
          • Different Ways of Using Web- blogs :
            • to Enforce Writing & Reading Skills.
            • To Enforce Independent Learning .
  • 7. Conclusion
    • 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.