English as a Foreign Language, or EFL, refers to learning and using English as an additional language in a non-English speaking country.

Students learning English in Saudi Arabia

It can be compared with ESL and ESOL, which refer mainly to learning English as a new resident in an English-speaking country.

EFL includes short summer courses in an English-speaking country, such as the UK, Canada or the US.

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EFL materials tend to be written for learners either studying English in their own country or on a short course in an English-speaking country. ESL materials tend to focus on ‘survival English' for people now living in an English-speaking country.

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