I am currently attending English classes for internationals on Tuesday mornings in the town centre in Inverness. I attend them to observe new people who recently moved into Scotland and they want to learn English or have been in Scotland for a while but they are struggling communicating verbally. David Spriggs stated, “In Scotland we don’t use hands to express ourselves” (Oct 2016), I agree as living in Inverness for almost 9 years I have noticed that I, as a foreign, often use a lot of gestures to explain my thoughts better and Scottish have their hands (mostly) down the sides of their bodies.
I have noticed in the English classes that people do express themselves through gestures often because they cannot find the right words to explain the good, bad, sad, amazing things that happened or might happen. Lecoq stated, “We consider words as living organisms and thus we search for the body of words” (2002: 50), indeed there is 93% of non-verbal communication that takes over the spoken word (Yaffe, 2011)
I, myself, in the observations am interested how much the non-verbal communication actually takes over the spoken word within the internationals. As I also noticed: these are the people who came there to learn the language; they want to speak English so their communication is understood by the Scottish; they are shy and their hand gestures ‘live in between their legs’; they try to understand the secondary language and they get lost in what they hear so they do not answer even with their body language.
To further my research I will contact Angie Morris to meet the ESOL group in Inverness College UHI to see different views and opinions from the new group of international people.
In an observation to David Spriggs from Inverness, October 25 2016
Lecoq, J. (2002) The Moving Body, Methuen: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
Yaffe, P. (2011). Ubiquity: The 7% rule. [online] Ubiquity.acm.org. Available at: http://ubiquity.acm.org/article.cfm?id=2043156 [Accessed 1 Nov. 2016].