A Study of the Differences between EFL and ESL for English Classroom Teaching in China

Peng Si


Starting with the definitions of EFL and ESL, this paper compares and analyses their differences from the perspectives of the audience, teaching purposes and teaching methods, learning purposes and learning environment. Previous research found that English Classroom Teaching in China is inclined to EFL teaching, and for ESL teaching can be used for reference to improve the development of English Classroom Teaching in China.


EFL; ESL; learning purposes; learning environment

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