Meaning of “English as a second language” in the English Dictionary

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"English as a second language" in American English

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English as a second languagenoun [ U ]

/ˈɪŋ·ɡlɪʃ æz ə ˈsek·ənd ˈlæŋ·ɡwɪdʒ, -lɪʃ/ abbreviation ESL

English as taught to people whose main language is not English and who live in a country where English is an official or main language

(Definition of “English as a second language” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)