ERIC Number: ED467736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug-1
The Relationship between Nonverbal Immediacy, Caring and L2 Student Learning (Spanish).
Garrott, Carl L.
This study investigated: the relationship between second language (L2) students' perceptions of teacher caring and learning; the relationship between L2 students' perceptions of nonverbal immediacy (e.g., eye contact, gestures, movement within the classroom, smiling, vocal variety, and use of humor) and learning; and the relationship between L2 students' perceptions of caring and nonverbal immediacy and learning. Participants were college students enrolled in second-semester Spanish courses. Students responded to questionnaires on teacher caring, nonverbal immediacy, and cognitive learning. Data analysis indicated that there was a relationship between teacher caring and L2 learning in the Spanish classroom. There was also a relationship between teacher nonverbal immediacy and L2 learning and between teacher nonverbal immediacy and caring and L2 learning. L2 students who perceived their teacher as more nonverbally immediate and caring appeared to learn more Spanish. Overall, the results suggest that teacher caring and nonverbal immediacy play a very important role in the L2 classroom. (Contains 37 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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