EmmaHello! I’m Emma. I teach EAL at an independent boarding school in the south west of England. I came to it from an ELT background: mostly EFL in Spain, with a dash of ESOL and EAP back here in the UK. I’m writing this blog in attempt to reflect on the challenges of EAL, the differences between EFL and EAL, how I can best support my students, and classroom practice. If it starts a discussion or helps anyone out, I’ll be delighted.


For anyone not familiar with the terms used above:

ELT – English Language Teaching

EFL – English as  Foreign Language (i.e. taught in a country where the native language is not English)

ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages (a course and exam commonly taken by adults who have moved to the UK to live and work)

EAP – English for Academic Purposes (university courses)