Definition of ESL abbreviation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ESL

 abbreviation
abbreviation
BrE BrE//ˌiː es ˈel//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌiː es ˈel//
 
 
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(in the US and Canada) English as a second language (refers to the teaching of English as a foreign language to people who are living in a country in which English is either the first or second language) compare EAL, EFL, ESOL
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ESL