Why study needs to happen AFTER you already know a language
In a facinating book, "The Hidden Connections" by Fritjof Capra I found a reference to the work of philosopher Michael Polyani.
To quote Capra,
"Whereas explicit knowledge can be communicated and documented through language, tacit knowledge is acquired through experience..."
"tacit knowledge is always a precondition for explicit knowledge. It provides the context of meaning from which the knower acquires explicit knowledge."
If we understand this properly, we'll cease to 'study' langauge in order to be able to use it. The study (explicit) should ONLY come after one has gained (tacit) knowledge of the language.
The AUA Thai Program continues to be the only Thai language school offering real-live Thai experiences.