ESOL is an acronym for English for Speakers of Other Languages or English as a Second or Other Language. The term ESOL is generally used when describing programs outside of a PK-12 setting that are designed for ELLs who seek proficiency in social and academic language; ESOL programs, which may also be referred to as English as a Second Language programs, generally teach basic grammar, vocabulary and colloquial terms and phrases to ELLs in a community college, community program, or online program setting. However, states like South Carolina utilize the ESOL title to describe its academic endorsement for public school teachers and it is commonly used interchangeably with ESL.