I bought a book about English language education, and discovered the word “EAL”. English is not necessarily the second language for students whose native language is not English in English-speaking countries. English may be their third language. EAL stands for English as an Additional Language, and it has replaced ESL.

I live in Japan. For me English is a Foreign Language. I am learning EFL, that is, English as a Foreign Language. I agree that EAL and EFL should be treated differently.

Fortunately or unfortunately, speaking English is not essential in daily life in Japan. I expect that English will remain “foreign” forever.