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

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

  1. 1. ESL VS. EFL <ul><li>Who Are ESL / EFL Learners? </li></ul><ul><li>How Are They Different? </li></ul><ul><li>How Can Technology Bridge the Gap between Them? </li></ul><ul><li>How Can Technology Improve Learning Quality in the EFL Environment? </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  2. 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. 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. 4. How Are They Different? <ul><li>Level of Exposure to the English Language. </li></ul><ul><li>Effort Exerted by ESL / EFL Learners. </li></ul><ul><li>Effort Exerted by ESL / EFL Instructors. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How Can Technology Bridge the Gap Between Them? <ul><ul><li>Bringing the ESL Environment to EFL Learners: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Joining Communities of Practice, Such as Webheads </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vance’s Syllabus for Teaching Arabic. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My Experience </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How Can Technology Improve Learning Quality in an EFL Environment? <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Using CMC Tools to Enforce Language Skills & Critical Thinking inside an EFL C-Lab: </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tapped In </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo Messenger / Group Board </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Different Ways of Using Web- blogs : </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to Enforce Writing & Reading Skills. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To Enforce Independent Learning . </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Conclusion <ul><li>Using computer mediated communication is essential for EFL learners since it can help students enforce their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. </li></ul><ul><li>CMC tools can help educators create independent, productive learners, instead of &quot;Consumers or Followers&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>

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