We use this term in two important and distinct senses in our program. The first is any enduring sociocultural structure of a given culture that has identifiable rules and characteristics. These can be wide-ranging elements of human social relations such as “family”, “marketplace”, “government”, “religion”, “symphony”, or relatively short-lived specific social structures/organizations like “the Chicago Bulls”, “the City of Portland”, or “Voodoo Donut”.

In another sense, we use it to refer to language learning and skills development that happens within an accredited, formal educational structure like a university, public school, or community college. This is contrasted with “community-based”.

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