What's the difference between academic knowledge and professional knowledge? Which would be better when expressing a student's knowledge/understanding/mastery of English language? (Here English is taught as a second language.)

I'm going to use this in my CV to describe one of my teaching experience. The complete sentence is 'Devised courses on English phonetics, grammar and textbook review to consolidate the student’s academic knowledge'

  • Academic would be what the books and teachers teach. Professional is what the society, corporate and business teach!
    – Maulik V
    Jan 6, 2016 at 5:51
  • Can you give a sentence where you're going to use the adjective? It would be easier to answer your question.
    – V.V.
    Jan 6, 2016 at 6:29
  • Thank you for your advice V, I've added some details in my question
    – Iris Gao
    Jan 6, 2016 at 11:58

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Your question revolves around the difference between theory and practice

Academic knowledge is learnt in school, it is usually theory based since one spends most their time learning concepts and theories

Professional knowledge is knowledge which is gained through the application of theory into practice while on-the-job.

A student's experience would primarily be academic based given the choice between academic or professional.

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