How does RAW integrate language learning with cultural knowledge ?
RAW method merges language and cross-cultural learning into a manageable strategic training program, that fosters learners’ cognitive processing in real-time exercises . Thereby, it exposes learners to the implicit property residing within culture and language through real-world experience, (arguably) unteachable by formal learning alone. Without strategic focus as such, an effective language and cross-culture learning would be impossible to achieve in a limited time. By involving the learners to integrate ‘formal knowledge’ (in cultural and language context) obtained from the classroom, in conjunction with ‘tacit knowledge’ experienced firsthand as they interact with activities in the real-world, RAW effectively builds the soft-skill competency in cross-cultural intelligence and effective communication serving learners’ objectives either for personal or professional development.
Tacit knowledge : Experience is unteachable
In addition to the foreign language fluency — spoken and written structure — RAW learners have the opportunity to ‘homestay’ with a native host family in a traditional setting. RAW participants also engage in community development, during which time they peruse prior ‘formal knowledge’, and apply it in the real-world environment surrounded by unfamiliar language and culture. It is during this phase of the development that ‘Experiential Learning’ comes to full circle, availing the opportunity for learners to: observe work-life situations, re-process cultural assumptions learned from the classroom, test their Thai communicative and analytical applications, and review ‘change’ for further development.
In RAW training, learners will never be left behind their peers. RAW coaches, whose extensive experience in language and cross-cultural learning and training with various organizations around the world, provide attentive guidance to ensure that learners from all backgrounds meet learning objectives with the most suitable learning style. With RAW’s actionable learning strategy, learners maintain their enthusiasm to acquire integrated tacit knowledge in relatively short time. Without the strategic focus of which, natural language and cross-cultural learning would be unnecessarily lengthy, and serves vague objectives. RAW learners appreciate the competency they discover from the unorthodox training program, serving their communication and cross-cultural development purpose with real value.