An approach to facilitating language & cultural skills development for a learner by spending time with them as they navigate everyday situations where language is used for communicative purposes. Accompaniment might be contrasted with what a teacher does in a classroom.

Because communicative language skills require a lot of practice and the navigation of difficult and confusing situations, learners benefit greatly from supportive accompaniment throughout their developmental journey. The person who does the accompaniment, the attache, need not be an expert in language theory to walk with a learner and focus their attention on what’s important and avoid confusing or dangerous situations. At higher levels, the attache becomes a cultural informant, explaining what is happening and why.

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