Academic

Formal institutional study, particularly as practiced in the West, which emphasizes conceptual understanding over contextualized skill building. Analytic knowledge vs. practical mastery. A good example is the difference between music theory and the ability to play a musical instrument. When applied to language learning, it’s the difference between understanding the structure of a language (grammar/theory), and being able to use it for communicative purposes (usage/skill).

People-Places-Things champions a model of language & cultural skills development that centers contextualized skill building and encourages the consumption and application of theory throughout the developmental journey. We have a theory about language & culture learning: Practice Makes Competent.

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